4th Grade Science Learning Targets

Science, 4

ALT 1 - Energy - Speed and Energy

Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.

ALT 2 - Energy - Transferability

Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.

ALT 3 - Energy - Collisions

Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.

ALT 4 - Energy - Conversion

Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.

ALT 5 - Waves and their Apps - Amplitude

Develop a model of waves to describe patterns in terms of amplitude and wavelength and that waves can cause objects to move.

ALT 6 - Waves and their Apps - Reflecting Light

Develop a model to describe that light reflecting from objects and entering the eye allows objects to be seen.

ALT 7 - Waves and their Apps - Patterns

Generate and compare multiple solutions that use patterns to transfer information.

ALT 8 - Molecules to Organisms - Structures

Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

ALT 9 - Molecules to Organisms - Senses

Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.

ALT 10 - Earth's Place - Rock and Fossils

Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time.

ALT 11 - Earth's Systems - Weathering and Erosion

Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.

ALT 12 - Earth's Systems - Earth Features

Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.ALT 13 - Earth and Humans - Energy and Fuels

Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.

ALT 14 - Earth and Humans - Reduce Human Impact

Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.

ALT 15 - Engineering Design - Design Problem

(Grades 3-5) Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

ALT 16 - Engineering Design - Possible Solutions

(Grades 3-5) Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

ALT 17 - Engineering Design - Model Improvement

(Grades 3-5) Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.