Access Point #: SC.4.N.3.Pa.1

Match a model that is a replica to a real object.
General Information
Number: SC.4.N.3.Pa.1
Category: Participatory
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Big Idea: The Role of Theories, Laws, Hypotheses, and Models : The terms that describe examples of scientific knowledge, for example; "theory," "law," "hypothesis," and "model" have very specific meanings and functions within science.

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5020050: Science - Grade Four
7720050: Access Science Grade 4
5011040: Library Skills/Information Literacy 4

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Lesson Plans

Predator and Prey:

In this lesson the students will learn about a predator/prey relationship. They will learn about the role that plants and animals play in their ecosystem and what each role is called. The students will also learn about the limiting factors each ecosystem possesses that prevent any species population from becoming too large.

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Modeling Patterns and Cycles in our Lives:

Elementary students use everyday patterns and cycles to learn the cyclical nature of science concepts. This lesson can be used as an Engage activity to spark interest in the seasons or Moon phases.

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Lesson 1: Making Models to Understand Our Home:

This lesson plan from NASA's Messenger program allows K-2 students to make a model of their home to understand models and scale.

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A View of Home from the Front Door and from Space:

The world is full of objects large and small, near and far. Models are built as powerful tools to help study large things such as buildings, towns, countries, and even the Earth and the Moon. With models, things beyond our physical reach can be easily explored. To begin to distinguish "home" from "home planet," students can build a model of their home and neighborhood as it appears from the front door of the house, from a tall building, from an airplane, and from outer space.

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Weathering and Erosion:

In this unit, students learn about weathering and erosion (and different types of weathering and erosion) through different models and activities. An engineering design competition asks students to synthesize knowledge about erosion to create an erosion-blocking process/product for the Atlantic Coast.

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In this lesson students will learn about pollution and its effects. They will learn in depth about pesticides and see its harmful effects that they might not have realized at first. The students will simulate a landfill and see what objects will decompose and which objects won't. They will create their own solutions to an oil spill and test to see which solution is the most effective. The students will observe the effects oil has on water birds. Through this they will determine the long term damage done by an oil spill.

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