Fourth Grade Physical Science
[Constructing and Reflecting] [Life Science] [Physical Science] [Earth Science] [Health]
What do you want students to:
know, do, be like?
How will you know if benchmarks have been achieved?
What possible instructional resources
could be used?
I (introduce), P (practice), M (master)
The following benchmarks can be found in Unit B: Properties of Matter Labs/Activities:


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Units of Practice:
Each UOP, located on the Utica Learning Interchange (ULI), is developed by one of your colleagues, an experienced teacher, and exemplifies an approach to integrating technology into the teaching and learning process. Search the UOPs by Subject and Level or by Keyword.

  • Electrical Safety Clay Animation
  • What's The Matter?
  • Michigan Lighthouses

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Apple Learning Interchange-Technology Rich Lessons

IV.1.E.1 Classify common objects and substances according to observable attributes/properties. M IV.1.E.1 Discovery Works Teacher's Assessment Guide--Laboratory Detective Work p. 57-58

AIMS Activity: Crazy Colloid Vol. 6 No.1 (Available at the MISD)

IV.1.E.2 Identify properties of materials which make them useful. P IV.1.E.2 MiClimb: Students will hold a mock auction during which they describe items in terms of their properties. The goal of the auction is to obtain the most useful items.
IV.1.E.3 Identify forms of energy associated with common phenomena P IV.1.E.3 MiClimb: Students will go on an energy hunt to find the different forms of energy.
IV.2.E.1 Describe common physical changes in matter - size, shape; melting, freezing (K-2); dissolving,
evaporating (3-5). M
IV.2.E.1 MiClimb: Students will describe the physical changes that are shown in models and will name the processes that caused the change.
IV.2.E.2 Prepare mixtures and separate them into their component parts. I IV.2.E.2 MiClimb: Science journal with conclusions regarding mixtures and solutions.

Poster showing a mixture and then showing the parts of the mixture. Students describe in words how they would separate the mixture.

The following benchmarks can be found in Unit D: Electricity and Magnetism
IV.1.E.4 Construct simple, useful electrical circuits. (3-5) M IV.1.E.4 Students construct electricial circuits.
pp. 94-97 Performance Assessment
Teacher Assessment Booklet
IV.1.E.5 Describe possible electrical hazards to be avoided at home and at school . M IV.1.E.5 Digital Video on Electrical Safety Hazards using iMovie editing software
IV.3.E.3 Describe patterns of interaction of magnetic materials with other magnetic and non-magnetic materials. M IV.3.E.3 MiClimb: Students will explore different magnet pattern arrangements by predicting and testing attract and repel properties. Students will write a paragraph describing these patterns.

Committee Members: Cheryl Cardamone, Holly Contesti, Cheryl Hewitt, Jennifer Jenkins, Pat Massimino, Brad Suggs, Jacki Zawierucha

Last Revised: Thu, Feb 5, 2004