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Grade 4 Science Scope & Sequence

Unit 1 - Animals and Plants in their Environment

Exploring the Urban Forest

Students are introduced to the concepts of biodiversity, environmental health, and habitats as they learn to act as street tree stewards.  On two neighborhood walks, students identify and assess the health of trees in the neighborhood.  They apply this knowledge in the classroom to build models of an urban forest. 

Special Education, 3 or 5 Sessions. LE 4.2b, 5.2g, 6.1a,b,c,d,e, 7.1a,b
Field Trip details: Field Trip to Local Park
Local Walk details: Neighborhood Walk
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Unit 2 - Electricity and Magnetism

Orienteering

In the classroom, students are introduced to the concept of magneticism and the Earth’s magnetic pull through a series of experiments.  Students learn to use a compass and topographic maps to navigate a route through their neighborhood or park.

English Language Learner, 3 or 5 Sessions. PS 5.1a,b,e
Local Walk details: Neighborhood Walk
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Unit 3 - Properties of Water

Waterway Pollution and Remediation

Students explore issues of urban neglect and renewal through an in-depth study of Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal or Newtown Creek.  Using water samples and information collected at the waterway, students prepare plans for environmental remediation.

3 or 5 Sessions. LE 6.2c, PS 3.1a,b,c,d,e
Field Trip details: Field Trip to Waterway
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Unit 4 - Interactions of Air, Water and Land

Urban Geology

Students explore the properties of rocks and minerals through a series of tests and use a dichotomous key to identify specific samples.  On a neighborhood walk, students understand the rock cycle through the built environment and identify earth materials in city buildings.

3 or 5 Sessions. PS 2.1c,d,e
Local Walk details: Neighborhood Walk
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