Science - 4th Grade
Students will understand the physical characteristics of Utah's wetlands, forests, and deserts and identify common organisms for each environment.
4th Grade OER Science Textbook for Utah SEEd Standards
The Utah Science Open Educational Resources (OER) textbook project was started to bring Utah teachers together to create a resource that aligns to Utah core science standards. The Utah Science OER textbooks are not intended to be curriculum as they do not include labs, assessments, or a teacher guide with answers. They are intended as a reference material for students with content to support teachers classroom instruction and help make sense of science concepts found in standards. This OER textbook is also available in other languages at https://www.uen.org/oer/index.shtml.
In this lesson, students will participate in classroom discussions and visit a website to learn more about animals and how well (or poorly) they've adapted to satisfying their needs in their natural habitats. This will help move them toward the goal, in later grades, of understanding ecosystems.
Animal Adaptations Field Trip
Students are introduced to animal adaptations and physical parts that help animals to survive through four outdoor activities.
Build a Bird
You have the chance to build a bird and place it in a habitat. Can you make one that has a good chance of survival?
Classification 2: A Touch of Class
This Science NetLinks lesson, the second of a two-part series on classification, extends the investigation of living organisms carried out in the first lesson by exposing students to the idea that a variety of plants and animals can be classified into one or more groups based on the various characteristics of a specific group. This lesson gives students the opportunity to look at and discuss different classification schemes.
In this Science NetLinks lesson students learn that many kinds of living things can be sorted into groups in many ways using various features, and that classification schemes vary with purpose. Students begin the lesson by sorting buttons, then move on to a more complicated sorting exercise using animal cards. Students sort the cards multiple times using a variety of criteria.
Dr. Arbor Talks Trees
Students will learn some of the basic inner workings, chemical principles, and fun ways to get to know trees better.
NPS: Plant Adaptations Field Trip
This National Park Service group of lesson plans teach that plants that live in the high desert climate have various adaptations that help them survive and thrive.
Photographs of the American Southwest: Utah
Check out these pictures of Utah's geology.
Teaching Kits: Utah Geological Survey
Geology-Related Teaching Kits.
The Jordan River Restoration Project
Find information about efforts to restore native plants and animals along the Jordan River.
An online unit with bacground information, pictures, resources, activities, and more
Utah's Hogle Zoo
Native Utah animals
Water Biomes of the World
You'll find a wide variety of animal life in or around fresh water ecosystems...aquatic birds... amphiphians..mammals and of course, a wide variety of fish. And the water cycle is very important to fresh water ecosystems.
Learn how counting macroinvertebrates helps scientists know how clean water is.
Wetlands Education: EPA
This website includes activities, curriculum/guides, education Programs, teaching tools, and additional links to help learn about Wetlands.
Who Am I?
Use the clues to match the animal to its description.
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