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Overview: The Earth and Space Learning Roadmap Gr3-4 lesson guide introduces students to concepts and material that explore the planet and the universe around it. Students will study a number of varying subjects that align with NGSS standards. In total, the Earth and Space guide for students in 3rd grade and 4th grade includes 53 lessons.
Learn Bright learning roadmaps are useful tools for organizing your teaching agenda, whether in the classroom or at home. The science roadmaps are divided into general subject areas: earth and space, engineering and technology, life sciences, and physical science. This roadmap includes the lessons for the 3-4 grade band in earth science. It lists the lessons in alphabetical order, and you will find the grade band associated with the lesson below the lesson title. Note that some lessons fall into more than one subject area or grade band.
Because there is no national standard for teaching science-related topics, you can choose any number of these lessons to teach your students throughout the years. Many lessons relate well to each other, and you may benefit from teaching multiple lessons at the same time. For instance, this Earth and Space Learning Roadmap Gr3-4 lesson guide includes separate lessons for igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, metamorphic rocks, the rock cycle, and geology. You could teach all five in conjunction with each other. Feel free to be flexible and adjust when necessary to fit your unique needs!
Earth and Space Learning Roadmap Gr3-4 lesson guide
The learning roadmap for the earth and space subjects includes 53 lesson plans for students in 3rd grade and 4th grade. The topics vary widely, from climate change to geologic time to latitude and longitude. The state educational standards for every lesson, which align with NGSS standards, are on the individual lesson product pages. Below is a short list of lessons related to earth and then a list related to space. Each lesson contains a brief description that explains what students will learn.
- Air Pollution—This lesson teaches students about the various causes and effects of pollutants in the atmosphere. Students will learn why and how the air around us gets dirty and discover some ways they can help reduce the amount of pollution in the air. This lesson is for students in 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade.
- Geysers and Hot Springs—In this lesson, students will discover how these natural phenomena work and why they exist. They will learn that geysers are a type of hot spring and not an entirely different landform. They will also learn that there are certain circumstances that must be present in order for a geyser to form and exist in the first place. This lesson is for students in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.
- Natural Disasters—Natural disasters explores various types of storms and other disasters that naturally occur on the earth. The lesson describes about 10 of these disasters in more detail. Students will be able to list the traits of several storms and their causes and effects. This lesson is for students in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.
- Constellations—Our Constellations lesson plan explores the history behind the mythical names of the patterns among the stars. Students will learn the names and stories of several major constellations. They will discover why ancient peoples named the patterns after heroes, gods or goddesses, and mythical creatures. This lesson is for students in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.
- Ice Ages—Students will learn all about these particularly cold periods in Earth’s history. They will discover facts about some specific events that occurred in each of the five periods. They will also learn how these times impacted and influenced the future of the earth. This lesson is for students in 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.
- Solar System—This lesson introduces students to the world around the earth. It specifically describes facts about the planets and the asteroid belt. Students will learn facts about all the planets, such as the elements that compose them and their orbit and rotation times. They will also learn the order of the planets from closest to furthest from the sun. This lesson is for students in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.