Grade 4

Classroom videos, student handouts, and offline lesson plans will be made available on the days listed below. 
 
You will be able to send these videos and handouts to your students to provide them with key concepts and activities that link to the curriculum.

The offline lesson plans provide a detailed explanation of the concepts and the procedure. You can use this to help teach the lesson. These will also be made available to students without internet access.


matter and energy
  • Colour Mixing!

    In this lesson, students will learn about light while conducting three different experiments with materials found at home.


    MATERIALS

    CD SPECTROMETER

    Cereal Box Variation:

    • Old CD (ask permission)
    • Flashlight
    • Cereal box
    • Scissors or knife *ask an adult for help

    Paper Towel Roll Variation:

    • Old CD (ask permission)
    • Flashlight
    • Paper towel roll
    • Scissors or knife *ask an adult for help
    • Tape
    • Black paper

    COLOURED SHADOWS

    • Red Marker
    • Blue Marker
    • Green Marker
    • 3 flashlights (can use phone / device flashlights)
    • Clear tape
    • White sheet of paper
    • Box (about the size of a shoe box) *optional
    • Dark room
    • Small figurine

    SIMPLE WATER RAINBOWS

    Option One:

    • Clear glass bowl
    • Water
    • Small mirror
    • White sheet of paper
    • Source of light

    Option Two:

    • Clear drinking glass
    • Water
    • White paper
    • Tape
    • Source of light

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

    DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

    CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS


  • Sound Vibrations!

    In this lesson, students will learn about the properties of sound by building various instruments. Students will learn that sound is caused by vibrations and can be amplified.


    MATERIALS

    Harmonica:

    • 2 Craft sticks
    • 2 Elastics
    • 2 toothpicks
    • Wax paper strip
    • Scissors

    Harmonica:

    • Plastic straw
    • Scissors

    Car Horn:

    • Can or Plastic cup
    • String
    • Tool to make hole in the can or cup
    • Cup of water

    HANDOUT

    HANDOUT ANSWERS

    DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

    CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

structure and mechanisms
  • Pulleys!

    Use household items to investigate how pulley systems can influence the relationships between force and distance as they relate to the concept of work.


    MATERIALS

    • Long stick (broom or mop)
    • Rope (3m)
    • Basket with handle (lunch box, tool kit)
    • Weights (canned food, water, tools)

    DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

    CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS


  • Gears!

    Explore, investigate and dissect objects from home that have gears.


    MATERIALS

    • Object with gears (can opener, egg beater, old toys, bicycle)

    DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

    CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

earth and space systems
  • Minerals of Everyday!

    Rocks and minerals are important resources which we use everyday, even if we don’t realize it. Come and explore some of the ways minerals shape our everyday life.


    MATERIALS

    Mineral Testing Activity:

    • 3 to 4 minerals collected from outside
    • Steel nail
    • Copper penny or small piece of copper pipe
    • Black light (optional)
    • Unglazed ceramic tile (optional)

    Everyday Minerals Activity:

    • Everyday Mineral handout

    HANDOUT ONE

    HANDOUT ONE ANSWERS

    HANDOUT TWO

    HANDOUT TWO ANSWERS

    ACTIVITY HANDOUT

    DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

    CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS


  • Rockin’ Detective!

    In this lesson, students will learn concepts about rocks and minerals and start building their tool box of knowledge on how to identify each.


    MATERIALS

    Igneous Activity:

    • Tall container (such as a tall glass)
    • 5 tablespoons of baking soda
    • 400 mL of white vinegar
    • 10 mL of dish soap
    • 100 mL of cold water
    • Food colouring (optional)

    Sedimentary Activity:

    • 3 to 4 different colours of Play-Doh
    • Small figures such as LEGO® characters, plastic dinosaurs or trees, or even small pieces of branches for outside

    Metamorphic Activity:

    • Small square of foil paper (4cm x 4cm) or foil cupcake holder
    • Pieces of wax crayons (small bits from a variety of wax crayons)
    • Oven (need permission and assistance from adult)
    • Oven mitts

    Bonus Activity:

    • 3 to 4 rocks collected from your yard
    • Rockin' Detective handout

    HANDOUT

    DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES

    CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS

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