4th Grade Indiana Science Standards

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Check out Indiana's science standards for 4th grade with this article. Focus on what kids will learn in class and get familiar with some useful resources.

Indiana Science Standards

Indiana divides the standards for 4th grade science into two main categories: process standards and content standards. These standards work together to ensure students are learning important scientific skills while they absorb scientific facts.

4th Grade Process Standards

In this grade, students will focus on two important process standards:

The Nature of Science

Students will work on observing the world around them and taking part in scientific investigations. They will develop communication skills that allow them to share their findings. They will work on making predictions, coming up with useful questions and formulating tests. Class time will be devoted to planning and performing investigations, both as individual students and in groups.

Scientific tools will be used, along with measurements. Students will learn how to test their predictions and ensure that they're maintaining accurate records. They will recognize patterns and compare results with initial predictions.

The Design Process

Working on this subject allows students to safely study the principles of engineering. They will learn how to recognize a problem and come up with solutions. The importance of documentation will also be discussed. They will work on picking the best materials for a solution, setting up a prototype and testing the solution. They will also learn to communicate what they've discovered, as well as discuss possible ways to improve their initial solution.

Scientific Basics Resources

Fourth graders can use these lessons on science basics to get a deeper understanding of the skills they need to master for scientific inquiry at this grade level. With these lessons, students can review concepts like measurement, graphing and scientific terms that you're teaching in class.

4th Grade Content Standards

4th graders will work on four main content areas:

Physical Science

While studying physical science, students will study heat and electricity. Methods of heat generation and movement will be considered. Additionally, they will create their own electric circuits, study conductors and insulators and explain the relationship between electricity, heat, light and sound.

Physical Science Resources

These lessons on physics and chemistry cover all of the physical science concepts included in the standards. Create your own lessons from these materials or use them as a resource to supplement what your students are learning.

Earth Science

Students will explore ways that the shape of land shifts. Breakage, weathering, erosion, earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides will be discussed. They will also learn about natural resources, including how humans use these resources.

Earth Science Resources

Have a look at these geology, weather and environmental science lessons for some inspiration to help you create engaging lessons on earth science. Use the quizzes and practice exams to assess that your students comprehend the material.

Life Science

These standards focus on helping students learn more about the structures of organisms that relate to survival and growth. Connections between parents and their offspring will be covered. Students will also explore differences between organisms that are from different environments. Adaptations will also be covered.

Life Science Resources

Lessons on biology, animals and plants & fungi can help you break down complicated life science topics for your fourth graders.

Science, Engineering and Technology

Kids will have a chance to create a moving system as they study this concept area. They will learn about transportation systems and motion. Students will work on comparing the speed of various objects. They will focus on coming up with and solving a problem that involves motion and transportation.

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