Grade 4 Curriculum

Unit 1:  Grade 4

The importance of plants in our community

The main idea

Plants are living things that provide for, interact, change and adapt to the different environments where they grow and reproduce.

Essential Questions:

  • Why are plants important for our survival and enjoyment?
  • How do plants use roots, leaves, stems, flowers and seeds to meet their needs?
  • How is the wide variety of plants classified? What are the characteristics of each group?
  • How do plants change when their environment changes?
Can students understand how scientists solve problems by asking questions, investigating, looking for connections, making mistakes, and asking more questions?

Subjects:

Language Arts, Math, Science, Art

Student Understandings

Social studies strand(s)

1. Students will examine a variety of flowering plants.

2. Students will identify the main parts of a flower.

3. Students will identify distinguishing characteristics of different types of flowering plants.

4. Students will compare the characteristics of plants that produce seeds and plants that do not produce seeds.

5. Students will compare the cones and needles of different types of coniferous trees.

6. Students will examine the leaves and seeds of different types of deciduous trees.

Investigate how plants are classified by their characteristics.

 

Unit 2: Democracy in Action

The main idea

Being aware of the diversity of cultural practices helps us become global citizens.

Essential Questions:

  • How do the people we know connect us to the global community?
  • What defines someone’s culture?
  • Why is it important to accept other cultures?
  • What is a global citizen and where do we fit in as global citizens?

Subjects:

Language Arts, Math, Science, Art

Student Understandings

Social studies strand(s)

  1. Students will start to understand the continuity and change through time
  2. Students will understand how humans and natural environment.
  3. Students will understand people, communities, cultures and societies;
  4. Students will show the ways in which individuals, groups and societies interact with each other.

 

Unit 3: Planet Earth

Essential Questions:

How does the plate shifts of the Earth shape the world and how can we prepare for tectonic activity?

Why is Earth constantly transforming?

What are the roles of cycles in our changing earth?

How does the geography and climate of a country have an impact on civilizations?

Subjects:

Language Arts, Math, Science, Art

Student Understandings

  1. Students will be learning about minerals, rocks, and soil
  2. Students will come to understand the process by which they are formed,
  3. Students will know how they change through time, and their importance to Earth and its inhabitants.
Students will understand that the weather can also prepare us to take precautions that will keep us safe in case of severe weather.

 

Unit 4: The Human Body

The main idea

Humans have important body systems that help us stay alive and healthy.

Essential Questions:

  • Why do we need bones?
  • Why do we need muscles?
  • What do you think happens inside your body that makes you let go of a pot handle if it is really hot?
  • Which parts of your body help you breathe?
  • Why does your heart beat?
What happens to the food you eat once it enters your body?

Subjects:

Language Arts, Math, Science, Art

Student Understandings

  1. Students will know that humans have a common bond with all other life on Earth.
  2. Students will that all living things is made up of key parts that help them meet their needs.
  3. Students will have an understanding of how our bodies work
Students will be aware that if you raise our awareness of our own health, this will lead us toward safe and healthy practices.

 

Unit 5: Here Today Gone Tomorrow

The main idea

Our finite resources have to last for the next generation

Plants and animals, including humans, each live in a habitat.

Essential Questions:

  • Does the word environment always refer to issues related to protecting the natural world?
  • Does every plant and animal live in one distinct habitat?
  • Are all deserts hot and barren?
  • I know people can cause habitats to change. Have people ever caused any species to become extinct? If so, how?

Subjects:

Language Arts, Math, Science, Art

Student Understandings

  1. Students will understand that plants and animals, including humans, each live in a habitat.
  2. Students will understand when a habitat changes, the organisms that live within it must either adapt or move out of it in order to survive.
  3. Students will understand that only those organisms that successfully adapt will survive and pass their genes to future generations within the habitat.