What Do Students Learn In 4th Grade?
4th GRADE LEARNING :
The Cobb County School District is committed to providing your child an academic experience that will develop his or her knowledge and skills at every grade level and to ensuring a strong foundation is established for your child to reach his or her greatest potential. Our teaching is aligned with content standards and our teachers bring those standards to life for your child through various strategies designed to meet your child’s learning strengths and needs.
In Cobb County classrooms, students are immersed every day in learning experiences based on exploration, problem-solving, and critical thinking in all content areas, including the core areas of English Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science; and in specialized academic content including Health, Music, Physical Education, Technology, Visual Arts, and World Languages*. Excellence in teaching guides your child’s educational experience from Kindergarten to graduation and into life.
*Programming available varies at local schools
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS:
PARENTS TIPS: Reading
How Do We Assess Students In 4th Grade?
Your child will have a variety of classroom assessments that will aid his or her teacher in knowing how to provide the best possible instruction for your child. These assessments will also help you know how well your child is learning and what extra support may be needed. In addition, your child will participate in some standardized assessments that are used to gauge how well your child is doing in his or her grade level.
The State of Georgia requires that students in grades 3-5 participate in the annual administration of state assessments. The state assessment is called the Georgia Milestones Assessment System. Georgia Milestones measures how well students have learned the knowledge and skills in core subjects. Students in grade 4 will take an End of Grade (EOG) assessment as part of the Georgia Milestones in math and language arts. The EOG will include multiple choice, short answer, and technology-enhanced questions. The language arts EOG has a third section, which focuses on writing.
All students in grades K-9 participate in the universal screening process for reading and math using a digital inventory. Your 4th grader’s progress in reading and math will be measured three times a year.
TESTING IN 4th GRADE:
Mark the Calendar: 4th grade End of Grade (EOG) Assessment: April-May
Question Types: Multiple-choice questions (called selected-response); Short answers (called constructed response); Extended response – the EOG has a writing section during which students write an extended response to a question derived from paired-passages students read.
PARENT TIPS: Assessment
Remember that assessment is an important and helpful part of learning for students of all ages. Your support and involvement in your child’s education is critical to success in school and in life. Research shows when parents play a key role in their child’s learning, their child’s achievement excels.
What Instructional Resources Are Used In 4th Grade?
Instructional resources are provided to students and teachers to support teaching and learning. The titles listed below have been recommended to our Board by a committee of teachers, parents and community representatives and approved through the textbook adoption process (See Board Rule IFAA-R). Additional resources to enhance the instruction are constantly added by local schools and individual teachers.
What Is My Student's Framework For Learning In 4th Grade?
Learning & Assessing Postcards
Cobb Teaching & Learning Standards - English Language Arts
READING LITERARY – RL
Key Ideas and Details
ELAGSE4RL1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
ELAGSE4RL2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
ELAGSE4RL3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Craft and Structure
ELAGSE4RL4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).
ELAGSE4RL5 Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
ELAGSE4RL6 Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
ELAGSE4RL7 Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text identifying similarities and differences.
ELAGSE4RL8 (Not applicable to literature).
ELAGSE4RL9 Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
ELAGSE4RL10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, in the grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
READING INFORMATIONAL – RI
Key Ideas and Details
ELAGSE4RI1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
ELAGSE4RI2 Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
ELAGSE4RI3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Craft and Structure
ELAGSE4RI4 Determine the meaning of general academic language and domain specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
ELAGSE4RI5 Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.
ELAGSE4RI6 Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.
Integration of Knowledge and ideas
ELAGSE4RI7 Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines,animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
ELAGSE4RI8 Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
ELAGSE4RI9 Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.
Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity
ELAGSE4RI10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the
grades 4-5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
READING FOUNDATIONAL – RF
Kindergarten and 1st grade only.
Kindergarten and 1st grade only.
Phonics and Word Recognition
ELAGSE4RF3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
ELAGSE4RF4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
WRITING – W
Text Types and Purpose
ELAGSE4W1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
ELAGSE4W2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Introduce a topic clearly and group related information in paragraphs and sections; include formatting (e.g., headings), illustrations, and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
ELAGSE4W3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Production and Distribution of Writing
ELAGSE4W4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Gradespecific expectations for writing types are defined in Standards 1–3 above.)
ELAGSE4W5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.
(Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language Standards 1–3 up to and including grade 4.)
ELAGSE4W6 With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.
Research to Build and Present Knowledge
ELAGSE4W7 Conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.
ELAGSE4W8 Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; take notes and categorize information, and provide a list of sources.
ELAGSE4W9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Range of Writing
ELAGSE4W10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
SPEAKING AND LISTENING – SL
Comprehension and Collaboration
ELAGSE4SL1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
ELAGSE4SL2 Paraphrase portions of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
ELAGSE4SL3 Identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
ELAGSE4SL4 Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
ELAGSE4SL5 Add audio recordings and visual displays to presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
ELAGSE4SL6 Differentiate between contexts that call for formal English (e.g., presenting ideas) and situations where informal discourse is appropriate (e.g., small-group discussion); use formal English when appropriate to task and situation. (See grade 4 Language Standard 1 forspecific expectations.)
LANGUAGE – L
Conventions of Standard English
ELAGSE4L1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
ELAGSE4L2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
Knowledge of Language
ELAGSE4L3 Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.
Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
ELAGSE4L4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 4 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
ELAGSE4L5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
ELAGSE4L6 Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific vocabulary, including words and phrases that signal
precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and words and phrases basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).
Cobb Teaching & Learning Standards - Mathematics
Standards for Mathematical Practice
Mathematical Practices are listed with each grade’s mathematical content standards to reflect the need to connect the mathematical practices to mathematical content in instruction.
The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students. These practices rest on important “processes and proficiencies” with longstanding importance in mathematics education. The first of these are the NCTM process standards of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, representation, and connections. The second are the strands of mathematical proficiency specified in the National Research Council’s report Adding It Up: adaptive reasoning, strategic competence, conceptual understanding (comprehension of mathematical concepts, operations and relations), procedural fluency (skill in carrying out procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently and appropriately), and productive disposition (habitual inclination to see mathematics as sensible, useful, and worthwhile, coupled with a belief in diligence and one’s own efficacy)
Students are expected to:
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
In fourth grade, students know that doing mathematics involves solving problems and discussing how they solved them. Students explain to themselves the meaning of a problem and look for ways to solve it. Fourth graders may use concrete objects or pictures to help them conceptualize and solve problems. They may check their thinking by asking themselves, “Does this make sense?” They listen to the strategies of others and will try different approaches. They often will use another method to check their answers.
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
Fourth graders should recognize that a number represents a specific quantity. They connect the quantity to written symbols and create a logical representation of the problem at hand, considering both the appropriate units involved and the meaning of quantities. They extend this understanding from whole numbers to their work with fractions and decimals. Students write simple expressions, record calculations with numbers, and represent or round numbers using place value concepts.
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
In fourth grade, students may construct arguments using concrete referents, such as objects, pictures, and drawings. They explain their thinking and make connections between models and equations. They refine their mathematical communication skills as they participate in mathematical discussions involving questions like “How did you get that?” and “Why is that true?” They explain their thinking to others and respond to others’ thinking.
4. Model with mathematics.
Students experiment with representing problem situations in multiple ways including numbers, words
(mathematical language), drawing pictures, using objects, making a chart, list, or graph, creating equations, etc. Students need opportunities to connect the different representations and explain the connections. They should be able to use all of these representations as needed. Fourth graders should evaluate their results in the context of the situation and reflect on whether the results make sense.
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
Fourth graders consider the available tools (including estimation) when solving a mathematical problem and decide when certain tools might be helpful. For instance, they may use graph paper or a number line to represent and compare decimals and protractors to measure angles. They use other measurement tools to understand the relative size of units within a system and express measurements given in larger units in terms of smaller units.
6. Attend to precision.
As fourth graders develop their mathematical communication skills, they try to use clear and precise language in their discussions with others and in their own reasoning. They are careful about specifying units of measure and state the meaning of the symbols they choose. For instance, they use appropriate labels when creating a line plot.
7. Look for and make use of structure.
In fourth grade, students look closely to discover a pattern or structure. For instance, students use properties of operations to explain calculations (partial products model). They relate representations of counting problems such as tree diagrams and arrays to the multiplication principal of counting. They generate number or shape patterns that follow a given rule.
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
Students in fourth grade should notice repetitive actions in computation to make generalizations Students use models to explain calculations and understand how algorithms work. They also use models to examine patterns and generate their own algorithms. For example, students use visual fraction models to write equivalent fractions.
Operations and Algebraic Thinking (4.0A)
Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.
MGSE4.OA.1 Understand that a multiplicative comparison is a situation in which one quantity is multiplied by a specified number to get another quantity.
a. Interpret a multiplication equation as a comparison e.g., interpret 35 = 5 × 7 as a statement that 35 is 5 times as many as 7 and 7 times as many as 5
MGSE4.OA.2 Multiply or divide to solve word problems involving multiplicative comparison. Use drawings and equations with a symbol or letter for the unknown number to represent the problem, distinguishing multiplicative comparison from additive comparison.
MGSE4.OA.3 Solve multistep word problems with whole numbers and having whole-number answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted. Represent these problems using equations with a symbol or letter standing for the unknown quantity. Assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies including rounding.
Gain familiarity with factors and multiples.
MGSE4.OA.4 Find all factor pairs for a whole number in the range 1–100. Recognize that a whole number is a multiple of each of its factors. Determine whether a given whole number in the range 1–100 is a multiple of a given one-digit number. Determine whether a given whole number in the range 1–100 is prime or composite.
Generate and analyze patterns.
MGSE4.OA.5 Generate a number or shape pattern that follows a given rule. Identify apparent features of the pattern that were not explicit in the rule itself. Explain informally why the pattern will continue to develop in this way. For example, given the rule “Add 3” and the starting number 1, generate terms in the resulting sequence and observe that the terms appear to alternate between odd and even numbers.
Number and Operations in Base Ten (4.NBT)
Generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers.
MGSE4.NBT.1 Recognize that in a multi-digit whole number, a digit in any one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right. For example, recognize that 700 ÷ 70 = 10 by applying concepts of place value and division.
MGSE4.NBT.2 Read and write multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. Compare two multi-digit numbers based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
MGSE4.NBT.3 Use place value understanding to round multi-digit whole numbers to any place.
Use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.
MGSE4.NBT.4 Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
MGSE4.NBT.5 Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
MGSE4.NBT.6 Find whole-number quotients and remainders with up to four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
Number and Operations Fractions (4. NF)
Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.
MGSE4.NF.1 Explain why two or more fractions are equivalent = × × x: 14 = 3 × 13 × 4 by using fraction models. Focus attention on how the number and size of the parts differ even though the fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions.
MGSE4.NF.2 Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models, by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 12 . Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions.
Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers.
MGSE4.NF.3 Understand a fraction with a numerator >1 as a sum of unit fractions 1 .
a. Understand addition and subtraction of fractions as joining and separating parts referring to the same wh
MGSE4.NF.4 Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction by a whole number e.g., by using a visual such as a number line or area model.
Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.
MGSE4.NF.5 Express a fraction with denominator 10 as an equivalent fraction with denominator 100, and use this technique to add two fractions with respective denominators 10 and 100. For example, express 3/10 as 30/100, and add 3/10 + 4/100 = 34/100.
MGSE4.NF.6 Use decimal notation for fractions with denominators 10 or 100. For example, rewrite 0.62 as 62/100; describe a length as 0.62 meters; locate 0.62 on a number line diagram.
MGSE4.NF.7 Compare two decimals to hundredths by reasoning about their size. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two decimals refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual model.
Measurement and Data (4MD)
Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.
MGSE4.MD.1 Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec.|
MGSE4.MD.2 Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale.
MGSE4.MD.3 Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems. For example, find the width of a rectangular room given the area of the flooring and the length, by viewing the area formula as a multiplication equation with an unknown factor.
Represent and interpret data.
MGSE4.MD.4 Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit (12,14,18). Solve problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions with common denominators by using information presented in line plots. For example, from a line plot, find and interpret the difference in length between the longest and shortest specimens in an insect collection.
Geometric Measurement: understand concepts of angle and measure angles.
MGSE4.MD.5 Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint, and understand concepts of angle measurement:
MGSE4.MD.6 Measure angles in whole-number degrees using a protractor. Sketch angles of specified measure.
MGSE4.MD.7 Recognize angle measure as additive. When an angle is decomposed into non-overlapping parts, the angle measure of the whole is the sum of the angle measures of the parts. Solve addition and subtraction problems to find unknown angles on a diagram in real world and mathematical problems, e.g., by using an equation with a symbol or letter for the unknown angle measure.
MGSE4.MD.8 Recognize area as additive. Find areas of rectilinear figures by decomposing them into non-overlapping rectangles and adding the areas of the non-overlapping parts, applying this technique to solve real world problems.
Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles
MGSE4.G.1 Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Identify these in two-dimensional figures.
MGSE4.G.2 Classify two-dimensional figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines, or the presence or absence of angles of a specified size. Recognize right triangles as a category, and identify right triangles.
MGSE4.G.3 Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.
Cobb Teaching & Learning Standards - Social Studies
UNITED STATES HISTORY – Year 2: Revolution to Reconstruction
In fourth grade, students continue with year two of a three year study of United States history in which all four strands (history, geography, civics/government, and economics) are integrated. Students begin the year learning about the French and Indian War and end with the Reconstruction period. The geography strand emphasizes the influence of geography on U.S. history during these same time periods. In the civics/government strand, students learn about concepts and rights contained within our founding documents. The economic strand uses material from the history strand to deepen understanding of economic concepts.
CONNECTING THEMES AND ENDURING UNDERSTANDINGS
The following connecting themes and enduring understandings will feature prominently in the course and help students increase their understanding and retention of knowledge.
1. BELIEFS AND IDEALS: The student will understand that people’s ideas and feelings influence their decisions.
2. CONFLICT AND CHANGE: The student will understand that conflict causes change.
3. DISTRIBUTION OF POWER: The student will understand that laws and people’s beliefs help decide who gets to make choices in government.
4. INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, INSTITUTIONS: The student will understand that what people, groups, and institutions say and do can help or harm others whether they mean to or not.
5. LOCATION: The student will understand that where people live matters.
6. MOVEMENT/MIGRATION: The student will understand that moving to new places changes the people, land and culture of the new place, as well as the place that was left.
7. RULE OF LAW: The student will understand that laws are made to keep people safe and explain what the government can and cannot do.
INFORMATION PROCESSING SKILLS
The student will be able to locate, analyze, and synthesize information related to social studies topics and apply this information to solve problems and make decisions.
1. Compare similarities and differences
MAP AND GLOBE SKILLS
The student will use maps and globes to retrieve social studies information.
1. Use a compass rose to identify cardinal directions
SS4H1 Explain the causes, events, and results of the American Revolution.
a. Trace the events that shaped the revolutionary movement in America: French and Indian War, 1765 Stamp Act, the slogan “no taxation without representation,” the activities of the Sons of Liberty, the activities of the Daughters of Liberty, Boston Massacre, and the Boston Tea Party.
SS4H2 Analyze the challenges faced by the framers of the Constitution.
a. Identify the major leaders of the Constitutional Convention (James Madison, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin).
b. Evaluate the major issues debated at the Constitutional Convention: the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, the rights of states to govern themselves (federal system), the Great Compromise, and slavery (Three-Fifths Compromise).
SS4H3 Explain westward expansion in America.
a. Describe the causes and events of the War of 1812; include the burning of the Capitol and the White House and the writing of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
SS4H4 Examine the main ideas of the abolitionist and suffrage movements.
a. Discuss contributions of and challenges faced by Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Tubman.
SS4H5 Explain the causes, major events, and consequences of the Civil War.
a. Identify Uncle Tom’s Cabin and John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry and explain how each of these events was related to the Civil War.
SS4H6 Analyze the effects of Reconstruction on American life.
a. Describe the purpose of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.
SS4G1 Locate important physical and man-made features in the United States.
a. Locate major physical features of the United States: the Atlantic Coastal Plain, the Great Plains, the Continental Divide, the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River, and the Great Lakes.
SS4G2 Describe how physical systems affect human systems.
a. Explain how each force (American and British) attempted to use the physical geography of each battle site (Lexington and Concord, Saratoga, and Yorktown) to its benefit.
SS4CG1 Describe the meaning of:
a. Natural rights as found in the Declaration of Independence (the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness)
SS4CG2 Explain the importance of freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
SS4CG3 Describe the structure of government and the Bill of Rights.
a. Describe how the three branches of government interact with each other (checks and balances and separation of powers), and how they relate to local, state, and federal government.
SS4E1 Use the basic economic concepts of trade, opportunity cost, specialization, voluntary exchange, productivity, and price incentives to illustrate historical events.
a. Describe opportunity cost and its relationship to decision-making across time (e.g., decisions to settle in the west).
SS4E2 Identify the elements of a personal budget (income, expenditures, and saving) and explain why personal spending and saving decisions are important.
Cobb Teaching & Learning Standards - Science
Fourth Grade Standards
The Cobb Teaching and Learning Standards (CT & LS) for science are designed to provide foundational knowledge and skills for all students to develop proficiency in science. The Project 2061’s Benchmarks for Science Literacy and the follow up work, A Framework for K-12 Science Education were used as the core of the standards to determine appropriate content and process skills for students. The focus on a limited number of core disciplinary ideas and crosscutting concepts which build from Kindergarten to high school. The Cobb Teaching and Learning Standards are written with the core knowledge to be mastered integrated with the science and engineering practices needed to engage in scientific inquiry and engineering design. Crosscutting concepts are used to make connections across different science disciplines.
The Cobb Teaching and Learning Standards drive instruction. Hands-on, student-centered, and inquiry-based approaches should be the emphasis of instruction. The standards are a required minimum set of expectations that show proficiency in science. However, instruction can extend beyond these minimum expectations to meet student needs. At the same time, these standards set a maximum expectation on what will be assessed by the Georgia Milestones Assessment System.
Science consists of a way of thinking and investigating, as well a growing body of knowledge about the natural world. To become literate in science, students need to possess sufficient understanding of fundamental science content knowledge, the ability to engage in the science and engineering practices, and to use scientific and technological information correctly. Technology should be infused into the curriculum and the safety of the student should always be foremost in instruction.
The Fourth Grade, Cobb Teaching and Learning Standards for science engage students in constructing meaningful models that allow them to gain understanding of the natural world. They speculate about observations they make. Fourth graders add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers mentally, on paper, and with a calculators. They list common materials for making simple mechanical constructions and for repairing things. They gather and interpret data and use records, tables, or graphs to identify patterns of change. They write instructions & make sketches that allow others to carry out a scientific investigation. They determine whether or not a comparison is fair if conditions are different for each each thing being compared. They question claims or statements made by people outside their field of expertise. The students will use this information to compare & contrast the physical attributes of stars & planets, model the effects of the relative motion of the Earth & moon around the sun, use weather charts/maps to predict weather events, conduct investigations about the water cycle & understand their relationship with heat energy, communicate information about the nature of light & sound, study the effects of balanced & unbalanced forces on an object, & describe the flow of energy in an ecosystem & the roles organisms play in a community.
In each unit of study: Students will define problems based on observations, ask questions, use models to represent things, and carry out investigations. In order to generate multiple solutions to a problem, students will gather evidence, record information, and use numbers to describe patterns. In order to communicate and explain solutions, student will use arguments supported by evidence.
S4E1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to compare and contrast the physical attributes of stars and planets.
a. Ask questions to compare & contrast technological advances that have changed the amount & type of information on distant objects in the sky.
S4E2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to model the effects of the position & motion of the Earth and the moon in relation to the sun as observed from Earth.
a. Develop a model to support an explanation of why the length of day & night change throughout the year.
S4E3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to demonstrate the water cycle.
a. Plan and carry out investigations to observe the flow of energy in water as it changes states from solid (ice) to liquid (water) to gas (water vapor) & changes from gas to liquid to solid.
S4E4. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to predict weather events and infer weather patterns using weather charts/maps and collected weather data.
a. Ask questions to explain how weather instruments (thermometer, rain gauge, barometer, wind vane, and anemometer) are used in gathering weather data & making forecasts.
S4P1. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the nature of light & how light interacts with objects.
a. Plan & carry out investigations to observe & record how light interacts with various materials to classify them as opaque, transparent, or translucent.
S4P2. Obtain, evaluate & communicate information about how sound is produced & changed & how sound &/or light can be used to Communicate.
a. Plan & carry out an investigation utilizing everyday objects to produce sound & predict the effects of changing the strength or speed of vibrations.
S4P3. Obtain, evaluate & communicate information about the relationship between balanced and unbalanced forces.
a. Plan & carry out an investigation on the effects of balanced & unbalanced forces on an object & communicate the results.
S4L1. Obtain, evaluate & communicate information about the roles of organisms & the flow of energy within an ecosystem.
a. Develop a model to describe the roles of producers, consumers, and decomposers in a community. (Clarification statement: Students are not expected to identify the different types of consumers-herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, & scavengers.)