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Vocabulary, Skills, and Assessment Practices K-4,
Science as Inquiry. All students in grades 3-4 will experience
science as full inquiry. Students will experience the physical
and intellectual abilities of scientific inquiry. All 3rd and
4th grade students in USD #417 will be involved with at least
one (1) inquiry exploration activity each quarter
for a minimum of four (4) inquiry exploration activities
during the school year.
Benchmark 1: All students will develop the skills necessary to
do full inquiry. Full inquiry involves asking a simple question,
completing an investigation, answering the question, and sharing
the results with others.
¯ 1. Ask questions that they can answer by investigating.
¯ 2. Plan and conduct a simple investigation.
¯ 3. Employ appropriate equipment and tools to gather data.
¯ 4. Begin developing the abilities to communicate, critique,
analyze their own investigations, and interpret the work of other
Standard 2: Physical Science. All students in grades 3-4 will
increase their understanding of the properties of objects and
materials that they encounter on a daily basis. All 3rd and 4th
grade students in USD #417 will compare, describe, and sort objects
involving a variety of materials within the study of Physical
Benchmark 1: All students will develop skills to describe objects.
¯ 1. Observe properties and measure those properties using
¯ 2. Classify objects by the materials from which they are
¯ 3. Describe and classify objects by more than one property.
¯ 4. Observe, describe, and record how one object reacts
with another object.
¯ 5. Recognize and describe the differences between solids,
liquids, and gases.
Benchmark 2: All students will describe the movement of objects.
¯ 1. Move objects by pushing, pulling, throwing, spinning,
dropping, and rolling objects. Describe the motion. Observe that
a force (push or pull) is applied to make objects move.
¯ 2. Describe locations of objects.
Benchmark 3: All students will recognize and demonstrate what
¯ 1. Discriminate between sounds made by different objects.
¯ 2. Describe how sound travels. (Gr. 4)
Benchmark 4: All students will experiment with electricity and
¯ 1. Demonstrate that magnets attract and repel. (Gr. 3)
¯ 1. Construct a simple circuit. (Gr. 4)
¯ 2. Design a simple experiment to determine whether various
objects will be attracted to magnets.
Standard 3: Life Science. All students in grades 3-4 will develop
an understanding of biological concepts through direct experience
with living things, their life cycles, and their habitats. All
3rd and 4th grade students in USD #417 will participate in exploration
activities involving a variety of concepts within the study of
1: All students will develop knowledge of organisms in the environment.
¯ 1. Compare and contrast structural characteristics and
functions of different organisms.
¯ 2. Compare basic needs of different organisms in their
¯ 3. Discuss ways humans and other organisms use their senses
in their environments.
Benchmark 2: All students will observe and illustrate the life
cycles of various organisms.
¯ 1. Identify life cycles of various organisms. (Gr. 4)
¯ 2. Compare, contrast, and ask questions about life cycles
of various organisms.
Standard 4: Earth and Space Science. All students in grades
3-4 will observe objects, materials, and changes in their environment.
All 3rd and 4th grade students in USD #417 will participate in
a variety of activities involving concepts within the study of
Earth and Space Science.
Benchmark 1: All students will develop an understanding of the
properties of earth materials.
¯ 1. Observe and classify a variety of earth materials in
¯ 2. Collect, observe, and become aware of properties of
various earth materials.
¯ 3. Experiment with a variety of soils.
¯ 4. Describe properties of many different kinds of rocks.
¯ 5. Observe fossils and discuss how fossils provide evidence
of plants and animals that lived long ago. A fossil is a part
of a once-living organisms or a trace of an organism preserved
Benchmark 2: All students will observe and describe objects in
¯ 1. Observe the moon and stars.
¯ 2. Observe and compare the length of shadows.
¯ 3. Discuss that the sun provides light and heat to maintain
the temperature of the earth.
Benchmark 3: All students will develop skills necessary to describe
changes in the earth and weather.
¯ 1. Describe changes in the surface of the earth.
¯ 2. Observe, describe, and record daily seasonal weather
Standard 5: Science and Technology. All students in grades
3-4 will have a variety of educational experiences that involve
science and technology. All 3rd and 4th grade students in USD
#417 will participate in problem solving activities that will
develop an understanding of the design process (state the problem,
the design, and the solution) and utilize technology as a tool
1: All students will work with a technology design.
¯ 1. Identify a simple design problem; design a plan, implement
the plan, evaluate the results, and communicate the results.
Benchmark 2: All students will apply their understanding about
science and technology.
¯ 1. Discuss that science is a way of investigating questions
about their world.
¯ 2. Invent a product to solve a problem.
¯ 3. Work together to solve a problem.
¯ 4. Develop an awareness that women and men of all ages,
backgrounds, and ethnic groups engage in a variety of scientific
and technological work.
¯ 5. Investigate how scientist use tools to observe.
Benchmark 3: All students will distinguish between natural and
¯ 1. Compare, contrast, and sort human-made versus natural
¯ 2. Use appropriate tools when observing natural and human-made
¯ 3. Ask questions about natural or man-made objects and
discuss the reasoning behind their answers. (Gr. 4)
Standard 6: Science and Personal and Environmental Perspectives.
All students in grades 3-4 will demonstrate personal health and
environments practices. All 3rd and 4th grade students in USD
#417 will develop an understanding for the importance of personal
health through science content and integrated studies such as:
Physical Education and Health.
1: All students will develop an understanding of personal health.
Personal health and mental well-being, including hygienic practices
¯ Discuss that safety involves freedom from danger, risk,
¯ Assume some responsibility for his/her own health.
¯ Discuss that various foods contribute to health.
Benchmark 2: All students will demonstrate an awareness of changes
in the environment. Through classroom discussions, students can
begin to recognize pollution as an environmental issue, scarcity
as a resource issue, and crowded classrooms or schools as population
¯ Define pollution.
¯ Develop personal actions to solve playground pollution.
¯ Practice reducing, reusing, and recycling.
7: History and Nature of Science. All students in grades 3-4 will
experience scientific inquiry and learn about people form history.
All 3rd and 4th grade students in USD #417 will begin to practice
appropriate principles that will maintain the integrity of science
discovery through inquiry and content studies.
The Students will
¯ Recognize that students participate in science inquiry
by asking questions.
¯ Observe, using various media, historical samples of people
in science who have made contributions.
November 26, 2002