Science - 4th Grade
Students will understand the physical characteristics of Utah's wetlands, forests, and deserts and identify common organisms for each environment.
Use a simple scheme to classify Utah plants and animals.
Students will learn about classifying Utah animals - specifically amphibians.
Students will identify plant characteristics from different environments and be able to communicate that information in different ways.
An activity which asks student to classify each other helps students to understand how Utah's plants and animals are classified.
Sets of animal cards are used to help students practice using a type of classification system.
Keys and Classifying
This activity asks students to sort and classify an assortment of objects helping them to understand the concept as it applies to classifying Utah plants and animals.
NHMU: Bird Watching 101
Students will learn the basics of bird watching, finding and interpreting bird clues and attracting birds to a particular location or habitat.
NHMU: Birds Will Be Birds
Students will analyze the physical characteristics of 12 different birds and consider how this enables them to survive in their individual habitats. They will then expand on this knowledge by applying it to other species not covered in the handout.
NHMU: Classified Information
In this activity students learn to classify objects based on their attributes.
NHMU: Insect Family Tree
Students will identify and match insects on the Insect Family Tree.
NHMU: Living Food Web
Students will be able to name some plants and animals that live in Utah's desert, forest or wetland ecosystems. They will also describe the interdependence of the organisms in a food web.
TRB 4:5 - Investigation 4 - Wetland Adaptation
Students will understand the impact of the wetland environment on the migration of birds.
TRB 4:5 - Investigation 7 - Classification Schemes
Students will place organisms into the correct classification and justify their reasoning.
TRB 4:5 - Investigation 8 -Classify UT Plants & Animals
Students will practice using 2 different plant classification keys to identify species.
Why Do You Classify This?
In this lesson plan students will get
to group pictures of animals into similar groups and defend
their reasons. The process should mirror how they have been
classifying objects previously.
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