Science - 4th Grade
Students will understand the physical characteristics of Utah's wetlands, forests, and deserts and identify common organisms for each environment.
Describe the common plants and animals found in Utah environments and how these organisms have adapted to the environment in which they live.
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.
Biomes from Enchanted Learning
Maps, information about animals, and printable resources are available.
Biomes of the World: The Wild Classroom and Explore Biodiversity
Click on a biome on the graph for more information, informative videos, and links to scientist profiles, travel information, lesson plans and species profiles for each region.
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.
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.
Utah National Parks
Check out Utah's five National Parks and all the things that can be learned from them.
Virtual Pond Dip
Discover what lives in a drop of pond water by exploring A Virtual Pond Dip.
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.
What is it Like Where You Live? Biomes of the World
Learn about the world's major environments: rainforests, tundras, taigas, desert, temperate and grasslands.
What Tree is That?
You can identify most trees by studying their leaves, seeds, and fruit. This animation will help you learn to identify these characteristics and take a step-by-step approach to arrive at the name of your tree.
Who Am I?
Use the clues to match the animal to its description.
WorldBiomes.com covers five of the major world biomes.
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