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Skills available for Montana fourth-grade science standards

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1 Students, through the inquiry process, demonstrate the ability to design, conduct, evaluate, and communicate results and reasonable conclusions of scientific investigations.

2 Students, through the inquiry process, demonstrate knowledge of properties, forms, changes and interactions of physical and chemical systems.

  • 1 Create mixtures and separate them based on different physical properties (e.g., salt and sand, iron filings and soil, oil and water)

    • A Identify substances in a mixture

    • B Identify examples of mixtures in everyday life

    • C Create a mixture with objects that have various physical properties

    • D Identify physical properties of substances in a mixture

    • E Separate mixtures based on different physical properties

    • F Separate mixtures using a variety of methods

  • 2 Examine, measure, describe, compare and classify objects in terms of common physical properties

  • 3 Identify the basic characteristics of light, heat, motion, magnetism, electricity, and sound

    • A Investigate attraction and repulsion with magnets

    • B Describe the effect of distance on the magnetic field

    • C Investigate the visible spectrum

    • D Define reflect, refract, and absorb

    • E Classify materials as those that can reflect, refract or absorb light

    • F Describe and list examples of a wave

    • G Describe the relationship between a vibration and a sound wave

    • H Model wave motion (up and down, back and forth, speed)

    • I Identify electricity as a flow of energy

    • J Compare and contrast current electricity and static electricity

    • K List the safe uses of electricity

    • L Construct an example of an electrical circuit

  • 4 Model and explain that matter exists as solids, liquids, and gases and can change form one form to another

  • 5 Identify that the position of an object can be described by its location relative to another object and its motions described and measured by external forces action upon it

  • 6 Identify, build, and describe mechanical systems and the forces acting within those systems

    • A Explore and identify simple machines, including real life examples

    • B Build simple machines and explain how they make work easier

  • 7 Observe, measure and manipulate forms of energy: sound, light, heat, electrical, magnetic

3 Students, through the inquiry process, demonstrate knowledge of characteristics, structures and function of living things, the process and diversity of life, and how living organisms interact with each other and their environment.

4 Students, through the inquiry process, demonstrate knowledge of the composition, structures, processes and interactions of Earth's systems and other objects in space.

5 Students, through the inquiry process, understand how scientific knowledge and technological developments impact communities, cultures and societies.

  • 1 Describe and discuss examples of how people use science and technology

    • A Identify technology as the knowledge, processes and products used to solve problems and make lives easier

    • B Identify examples of technology used in modern society

    • C Identify uses of technology in science, (i.e., probes, microscopes, lasers)

    • D Discuss how science and technology have impacted our environment

  • 2 Describe a scientific or technological innovation that impacts communities, cultures, and societies

    • A Define and discuss what constitutes a community, a culture, and a society

    • B Compare and contrast community, culture and society

    • C Identify and discuss examples of scientific or technological discoveries that impact a community, a culture and a society

  • 3 Simulate scientific collaboration by sharing and communicating ideas to identify and describe problems

    • A Identify a local current event or problem involving science

    • B Research and summarize the scientific issues relevant to that local current event or problem

    • C Present and discuss the research on the scientific issues relevant to that local current event or problem

  • 4 Use scientific knowledge to make inferences and propose solutions for simple environmental problems

    • A List and discuss environmental problems and concerns

    • B Research and summarize the scientific issues relevant to environmental problems

    • C Propose and discuss solutions for environmental problems using scientific knowledge

  • 5 Identify how the knowledge of science and technology influences the development of the Montana American Indian cultures

    • A Identify and discuss examples of scientific knowledge influencing the development of Montana American Indian cultures

6 Students understand historical developments in science and technology.

  • 1 Give historical examples of scientific and technological contributions to communities, cultures and societies, including Montana American Indian examples

    • A Define and discuss what constitutes a community, a culture, and a society

    • B Identify and discuss historical examples of scientific or technological contributions that impacted a community, a culture and a society; including Montana American Indians

  • 2 Describe how scientific inquiry has produced much knowledge about the world and a variety of contributions toward understanding events and phenomenon within the universe

    • A Research and describe examples where scientific inquiry was used to gain understanding of the natural world

    • B Identify and describe examples of scientific understanding that was contributed to by multiple scientists

  • 3 Describe science as a human endeavor and an ongoing process

    • A Identify occupations that use science including Montana American Indians

    • B Identify and describe examples of science as an ongoing process