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4th Grade Massachusetts Science Standards

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Reading this article will help you understand the science standards Massachusetts uses for 4th grade. You'll get information about what students will learn and you can also find tips for how students can get extra study help.

4th Grade Science Standards in Massachusetts

The state of Massachusetts has designed its science standards for 4th grade to be relevant, rigorous and cohesive. Students will work on a variety of topics and also develop scientific skills. The information in this grade will connect to what students have already learned and help them prepare for higher grade levels.

In this grade, students should work on asking questions and trying to predict the outcome of scientific investigations. They should also work with graphical representations, complete scientific examinations, make use of evidence, argue scientifically and effectively use information. These lessons on science basics offer students a great way to improve their scientific abilities from home. They can skip subjects they already understand and spend extra time working on areas where they need additional help.

The science standards deal with 4 major areas of scientific knowledge:

Earth and Space Science

Students in 4th grade will learn how erosion and deposition shape the landscape over a significant length of time. The impact of weathering on rocks, soils and more will also be discussed in this grade. Kids will consider the exact locations of physical features such as mountains, ocean trenches and volcanoes. Renewable and nonrenewable energy will be discussed, along with how people deal with natural hazards. Students can access these online geology lessons to learn more about the processes behind weathering, as well as volcanoes and earthquakes. Natural resources can be reviewed with these environmental science lessons. Kids will find interactive quizzes attached to each lesson, allowing them to apply what they're learning and make sure they understand these subjects.

Life Science

4th graders will learn about the different structures of living things, including plants and animals. They will consider how these structures help organisms survive, grow and reproduce. These lessons on animals and plants will help students go over specific organisms, as well as the general needs and structures of living things. Experts on plant and animal life are available to answer any questions that students have while they complete these lessons.

Physical Science

In this grade, students will study the relationship between speed and energy. They'll get information on how energy can be transferred and look into methods to convert one kind of energy to another. Kids will also focus on the characteristics of waves and how light reflects. The transmission of information will also be considered. Working on these physics lessons will give kids the chance to review types of energy and the properties of light. Students can set their own pace as they work on these lessons and go over challenging subjects multiple times. These lessons are short so that students aren't overwhelmed while they study.

Technology and Engineering

Kids will learn how to test models and refine the model based on the outcomes of these tests. Students can learn more about the process of engineering with this resource concerning engineering for kids. It can be worked on at anytime and anywhere, making it simple for kids to personalize their study time.

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