4th Grade Science Lessons
This post is going to be about how to decipher and plan for the 4th grade NGSS. Some of the standards are really straight forward and easy to plan for. Other resources require some clever thinking.
Later I will tell you about some of the resources I have created so that planning work is done for you.
The first standard I want to tell you about I think is especially difficult to figure out and in doing a google search I could not really find a resource that met this standard fully. Because of this, and because I enjoy a challenge, I developed my own lesson to meet the standard.
The standard I am talking about is:
4-LS1-2. Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways
Now it is not that difficult to think about what they want students to understand. Students need to understand that animals received information in different ways and that the information is processed in their brain so that the animals can respond to the information. That part is clear. I had to do a little more thinking to figure out the making a model part.
In NGSS when they talk about models It is one of the science and engineering practices, they are not referring necessarily to the traditional model of a solar system or model of a volcano, they are referring to making a model to explain your understanding. This model can be a 3-D model, a flow chart, a graphic organizer, a diagram, or something else that demonstrates the concept.
So, in this lesson first I would present students with a slideshow showing them different animals and how they receive information.
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