Wyoming Science Content and Performance Standards — Grade 4

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Students describe observable characteristics of living things, including structures that serve specific functions and everyday behaviors.


Students demonstrate that pushing and pulling can change the position and motion of objects.


Students sequence life cycles of living things, and recognize that plants and animals resemble their parents.


Students show connections between living things, their basic needs, and the environments.


Students investigate water, air, rocks, and soils to compare basic properties of earth materials.


Students describe observable objects in the sky and their patterns of movement


Students describe observable changes in earth and sky, including rapid and gradual changes to the earth's surface, and daily and seasonal changes in the weather.


Students classify objects by properties that can be observed, measured, and recorded, including color, shape, size, weight, volume, texture, and temperature


Students demonstrate that the processes of heating and cooling can change matter from one state to another


Students investigate physical phenomena commonly encountered in daily life, including light, heat, electricity, sound, and magnetism


Students research answers to science questions and present findings through appropriate means


Students use the inquiry process to conduct simple scientific investigations. Collect and organize data. Use data to construct simple graphs, charts, diagrams, and/or models. Draw conclusions and accurately communicate results, making connections to daily life. Pose or identify questions and make predictions. Conduct investigations to answer questions and check predictions.


Students identify and use appropriate scientific equipment.


Students properly use safety equipment and recognize hazards and safety symbols while practicing standard safety procedures.


Students recognize the nature and history of science. Discuss how scientific ideas change over time. Describe contributions of scientists.


Students recognize how scientific information is used to make decisions. Identify and describe local science issues, such as environmental hazards or resource management. Suggest feasible solutions and personal action plans to address an identified issue.