Every science lesson should include a process skills standard AND a content standard. Additionally, investigations should be conducted to practice multiple process skills EACH nine weeks.

Process Skills Standards

The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations in which:

4.1a distinctions are made among observations, conclusions, inferences, and predictions;
4.1b objects or events are classified and arranged according to characteristics or properties;
4.1c appropriate instruments are selected and used to measure length, mass, volume, and temperature in metric units;
4.1d appropriate instruments are selected and used to measure elapsed time;
4.1e predictions and inferences are made, and conclusions are drawn based on data from a variety of sources;
4.1f independent and dependent variables are identified;
4.1g constants in an experimental situation are identified;
4.1h hypotheses are developed as cause and effect relationships;
4.1i data are collected, recorded, analyzed, and displayed using bar and basic line graphs;
4.1j numerical data that are contradictory or unusual in experimental results are recognized;
4.1k data are communicated with simple graphs, pictures, written statements, and numbers;
4.1l models are constructed to clarify explanations, demonstrate relationships, and solve needs;
4.1m current applications are used to reinforce science concepts.

Content Standards

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Scientific Investigations
(12 days)
4.1 - Scientific Investigations

Solar System
(12 days)
4.7 - Solar System

Earth, Sun, & Moon
(18 days)
4.8 - Earth, Moon and Sun

Electricity & Magnetism
(28 days)
4.3 - Characteristics of Electricity

More Scientific Investigations
(5 days)
4.1 - Scientific Investigations

Force, Energy, & Motion
(28 days)
4.2 - Motion

(25 days)
4.6 - Weather

(5 days)
4.9 a - Watersheds

(20 days)
4.4 - Plants

(18 days)
4.5 - Ecosystems

Virginia Resources
(5 days)
4.9 - Virginia Natural Resources

44 Days 35 Days 58 Days 43 Days
ELL PreK-5 Standards