• Our district has transitioned to TWIG science curriculum, which aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  Here is an VIDEO about each unit. There is a fun "kick off to 4th grade" module plus 5 modules that cover 4th grade NGSS. They are as follows:


    Kick off to 4th Grade: Catapult Challenge

    • Kick off Grade 4 with a fun 3-D Team Challenge! Students learn the importance of collaboration in science and engineering by building a working catapult. As a team, they plan and carry out an investigation into how design changes affect how far it can throw an object.
    • Module Phenomenon:How do scientists and engineers work as a team?

    Module 1: Egg Racers

    • Wham! Bang! Crash! Students learn all about collisions, impacts, and safety by building their own race cars. But can they design and build a car that's safe enough to protect an egg during a crash? To succeed, students must first understand energy, and what happens when objects collide. They then explore what shock absorption is and how it works, and apply this knowledge to their final designs.
    • Module Phenomenon:What happens to energy when objects collide?


    Module 2: Sparks Energy

    • Breaking news! Sparks Energy, Inc. is recruiting intrepid reporters to investigate the energy needs of the United States and beyond. Working as science journalists, students learn about different energy sources, discover how people use energy, and find out what impact our energy use has on the environment. In teams, students research the facts and figures, carry out investigations and interviews, and update their reports as new information comes in. They then use their knowledge and expertise to write an exclusive article for the Sparks Energy, Inc. website.
    • Module Phenomenon:How do people produce and transfer energy for their use?


    Module 3: Time Traveling Tour Guides

    • Are you ready to travel back in time? In this module, students go on a Grand Canyon tour with a twist! With the help of videos and 360-degree imagery, students discover how the Grand Canyon formed, observe fossils in its rock layers, and study the course of the mighty Colorado River. They use maps to look at patterns in the Earth’s features and investigate the effects of wind and water erosion on the landscape. It’s time to begin the tour!
    • Module Phenomenon:How have weathering and erosion sculpted some of Earth’s most interesting landscapes?


    Module 4: Earthquake Engineering

    • Earthquakes can strike without warning, bringing massive destruction, but knowing where they happen can help reduce the damage caused. Just like real engineers, students will travel around the world to map real-life earthquakes as they happen, investigate how to minimize the damage caused by natural disasters, and use that knowledge to design and build their own earthquake-proof buildings.
    • Module Phenomenon:How can we reduce the damage caused by earthquakes?


    Module 5: Super Survivors

    • If you could have any superpower, what would it be? The eyesight of a falcon? The hearing of a fox? Students investigate the animal kingdom’s most amazing super survivors. They put their own human abilities to the test, through videos, hands-on investigations, and more. Building on their knowledge of information processing, students investigate the phenomena of waves and explore digital communication. Finally, they are challenged to design a long-distance communication device. Can they use waves, digitization, and binary code to survive on a ship lost at sea?
    • Module Phenomenon:How do the many parts of my body work together to help me live in the world? Communication involves transferring information through waves or signals.