SC.4.P.12.2

Investigate and describe that the speed of an object is determined by the distance it travels in a unit of time and that objects can move at different speeds.
General Information
Subject Area: Science
Grade: 4
Body of Knowledge: Physical Science
Idea: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts
Big Idea: Motion of Objects -

A. Motion is a key characteristic of all matter that can be observed, described, and measured.

B. The motion of objects can be changed by forces.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5020050: Science - Grade Four (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7720050: Access Science Grade 4 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
5020110: STEM Lab Grade 4 (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SC.4.P.12.In.2: Identify speed as how long it takes to travel a certain distance.
SC.4.P.12.Su.2: Identify objects that move at different speeds.
SC.4.P.12.Pa.2: Recognize an object as moving fast or slow.

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Lesson Plans

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Rollercoaster Investigations:

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Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

KROS Pacific Ocean Kayak Journey: Kites, Wind, and Speed:

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Perspectives Video: Teaching Ideas

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STEM Lessons - Model Eliciting Activity

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