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4th Grade

NGSS Science



Processes that Shape the Earth

Structures and Functions of Organisms

Rocks and Minerals

What Students Learn in 4th Grade

Students are moving away from: state, tell, match label arrange, repeat, and towards:

critique, create, prove, explain, hypothesize, cite evidence, make observation, summarize, compare, revise, identify patterns, collect and display, organize, investigate, differentiate, explain.

Renaissance Home Connect is a website that allows parents to view your child's bookshelf and quizzes. 

Enter student username (your child, teacher, or library clerk can give you their username and password).

You will now be notified via email every time your child takes a quiz. You can view their scores, points, books read and reading level.  Please note that classroom read aloud books do not count for their monthly points.

4th grade goal: 50-100 A.R. points by June 1st.

5th grade goal: 40 books (chapter books of 100 pgs. or more) by June 1st.

Remember, students can only take A.R. quizzes at school during school hours!

Think Before you Quench That Thirst!
think Before you Drink!

Tattling or Telling?

How to Beat Cyberbullies

Thank you for letting us be part  of your child's education this year.  So many cherished memories and so many new friends were made this year.  

Remember to keep an open mind; stay sharp and read often; hold on to your grit as you work through something difficult;  and, it is okay to make mistakes along the way to success!

Have a safe and fun summer, and we will see you again August 17th!



Suggested Supplies:    A three ring binder (1.5-2 inches) and dividers with at least 5 tabs;  five spiral notebooks; pencils, erasers, glue, crayons, yellow highlighters, markers.

Accelerated Reader Expectation:    Our  upper grade (grades 4, 5, 6, ) goal is 50- 100 A.R. points August 12, 2020- June 1st, 2021.   




Research Project/Report Rubric

4-Exceeded standard with good effort

3- Met Standards with good effort

2-Partially met some standards 

1-Did not meet standard or showed little effort


___Notes/notecards:  Orderly, notes, organized

___Graphic Organizer: Clear, logical and notes related to topics

___Amount of Information: All topics addressed and all questions answered. At least two SENTENCES FOR EACH AREA.

___Quality of Information: Clear main topic and supporting details with examples.

___Diagrams/Illustrations: Neat, accurate, resized, text-wrapped.  Adds to our understanding of the topic

___Internet Use: Successfully uses and navigates to cited sites without assistance.

___Presentation: Followed directions; spoke loudly; eye contact; asked questions; pronounced words correctly.


Poster Project Rubric:  (Think -Quality-Quantity-Organization-Presentation)

__Details on the poster capture the important information about the topic and increase the audience's understanding.

__All graphics are related to the topic and make it easier to understand.

__Information is organized with clear titles/subheadings/captions

__All information on the poster is in focus and can easily be viewed from 6 feet away.

__All sources are documented

__No grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors. 

__The presentation was an appropriate length with good articulation, pacing, volume,   and eye contact with the audience. 


(Students have about 20-30 minutes each day to work on their projects, homework, and receive support.  Parents should see projects, notes, and directions coming home and coming back to school daily.  It is an upper elementary skill to keep track of papers and deal with timelines and due dates.)

Students read 20-30 minutes every night.  "The More They Read-The More They Succeed!" Parents, thank you for supporting our nightly reading program.  After students finish each book they take an AR reading test on it on the Chromebook at school.  If they pass the test, they earn AR reading points.  No points are awarded for tests not passed. Students are expected to earn 50-100 AR reading points by June 1st.


Engaged Readers:

  • Predict:  I know a little about... or I think this will happen...
  • Retell:  The story so far...
  • Discover the Main Idea:  This is the most important part...
  • Make Connections:  This reminds me of...  or I have seen something similar in another book...
  • Sequence:  The events happened in this way...
  • Question:  I wonder...
  • Visualize:  It's like a movie in my head or The pictures that come to mind ...
  • Make Inferences:  I think the author is trying to say... or I can read between the lines…
  • Make the Story my Own:  I think I understand why...
  • Look back:  I remember... or
  • My favorite part...
  • Theme/Author's Message: I think the heart of the story is... or I think the author is trying to me that...
  • And so much more! 


Homework Help

The Simi Valley Public Library has a Homework Help Program for Elementary Students Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Children's Room of the Simi Valley Public Library. Parents must stay in the Children's Room. First come, first served. Free.  

Helpful Resources


Coding with Mr. Shuster

Internet Safety


A.R. Book Finder 

4th Journeys E-Book 

4th Journeys Reader's Notebook 

4th Journeys Leveled Readers 

4th Journeys Focus Walls 

4th Journeys Spelling City

4th Close Reader

4th E-Word Game

4th Journeys Practice Book 

4th Journeys Vocabulary Cards 

4th Journeys Write In

4th History Study Sheets 

All grades: Tumblebooks:  click here


4th Go Math 

4th Math Practice 

4th Math Problem Solving 

Dude's Dilema Math: Click here

Alien Addition: Click here

Penguin Multiplication: Click here

Division Derby: Click here

Math Is Fun! click here

AAA Math click here

Create A Graph:  click here

Math: Wordless Problem Solving Videos: click here

4 Math Practice 

Math Slice: click here

Nale's Math: click here

San Diego Zoo for Kids: click here

Big Bear Alpine Zoo article click here

(Order of Operations) PEMDAS rap click here

Eureka "How To Math videos" click here

Multiplication Grand Prix:click here

Capture Fractions: click here


4 Foss Science Environments E-book Click Here

4 Foss Science Magnetism & Electricity E-book Click Here

4 Foss Science solid Earth E-book Click Here

MacMillan Science

4th Science Textbook 

4th Science Summaries 

Science E-Word Game: Click Here

Safe Search Engine:

America's Library:

Awesome Library:

Grammar Monster:

Foss Environments Student Text Link click here

U.S. Map Puzzle: US Map Puzzle click here


Tae Bo Elementary I : click here

Tae Bo Elementary 2: click here

Tae Bo Upper Elem/Middle School: click here

Tae Bo : 

Tae Bo for Kids :  click here


Biomes of the World:  click here

Outline Maps: click here


Keyboarding Skills: 

Typing Tutor-Students Log In at: click here

Typing Clubclick here

Typing Practice: click here

FREE TYPING PROGRAM: Typing click here

Online Safety Game: click here

Build Your Wild Self Fun! click here


Note Name Game: click here

Whack-A-Note click here


IXL click here for grade 5

Dividing Fractions rap song click here

Language Arts: 

5th-Terrible Wave Vocab.:click here

Figurative Language Jeopardy: Click here

Identifying Idioms Slang Game: Click here

Personification click here

Figurative Language click here

Figurative Language Rap  click here

Online Safety Game: click here

Listen to Writing Tips from Roald Dahl: Click here

P.E. Challenges Click here

California Water: click here

My Librarian is a Camel Spelling List: click here

Bonus- Spelling City Word Lists click here

MobyMax click here

ROOT, PREFIX, SUFFIX: click here

Anthology Story Spelling Words:  click here

E Word Game: click here

Clean Up Grammar: Click here

Fish 'em up Word game: Click here

ABC Ya: Click here

Helen Keller Report: click here

Math CAFE Practice Click here

Wordle (Use Internet Explorer)

Parts of Speech Rap: click here

5th-Johnstown Flood Info.: click here

Prefix rap: click here

Alaska: click here

Alaska Kids: click here

More Alaska Info. click here

Spelling City Word Lists : click here

Breaking Barriers Essay Contest:  click here

Latin American Heroes: click here

Aquatic Ecosystems : click here

By the Great Horn Spoon links: click here

Beverly Cleary: click here

BBC typing


Spelling Practice Game: click here

Free Rice Vocabulary: click here

International Women's Day: Beating the Odds: click here

Mahala Yousafzai Bio: click here

Bessie Coleman: click here

Grace Hopper:  click here

Nancy Reagan: click here

WORD ROOT SUPPORT: Root Support click here

ROOT, PREFIX, SUFFIX: click here

Dirty Thirties-Filthy Fifties-Dust Bowl: click here

What is S.T.E.M.?click here

Hibernation Technology Project:  click here

Catapult Support: click here

Baseball Legends:  click here

Robo Bee: Choose the correct word from a choice of homonyms click here

Wilma Rudolph: Wilma Rudolph

Wilma Rudolph video: click here

Teddy Roosevelt:  click here

Wright Brothers: Wright Brothers

Famous Californians: click here


Building Vocabulary:

Lexipedia click here

Snappy words visual thesaurus click here

Visual Dictionary online:

Word Hippo  click here  Wordnick click here

Your Dictionary


VocabAhead  click here


U.S.Satellite Map of U.S click here

Precipitation Education

HM 5th-Science(Education Place) click here (Cricket Connections, simulations, vocab. games)

HM 5th Science click here

Our Changing Planet Science videos click here

Foss Science Links click here

Listen to these Science summaries to review for tests! click here

MH6Science (animated summary, games, quizzes) click here

Aquatic Ecosystems:  click here

I.D. Common Minerals: click here

Minerals for Kids: click here

Major Rock Types: click here

Environmental Action Project:

Dino Games Click here

Endangered Species of California click here

Latitude-Longitude Game: click here

Magnetism-Electricity, Rocks-Minerals; Slow and Fast changes to Earth;Energy of Living Things- Student Text click here

4th-California Regions and Features: California Regions 

4th-California Regions NatGeo site: Click here

4th  MHScience online text and workbook  Click Here

5th grade-U.S. Regions Support: Click here

5th-U.S. Map Puzzle: US Map Puzzle click here

Stuff about our US States: Click Here

4 MHScience online text and workbook  Click Here

Science-Matter Text p. 146-176 click here

Properties of Matter Animated Review and Word Game: click here (lessons 1-4)

Listen to these Science summaries to review for tests! Click here

Elements: click here  (free for 30 days)

Latitude-Longitude Game: Click Here

HM 4th-Science (Education Place) click here

4th & 5th MHScience online text and workbook  Click Here

STEM Games

FreeRice click here

Links for NGSS Engineering Resources:

-Design Squad

-Engineer Girl


What's In A Food Label: click here

Layers of the Earth & Plate Tectonics click here

Volcanoes click here

Engineering Projects: 

Treehouse Video Support if you get stuck: click here

Minerals for Kidsclick here

Everyday Inventions click here

Famous Inventions A-Z click here

Los Angeles Aqueduct click here

Luther Burbank and other famous scientists: click here

I.D. Common Minerals: click here

Major Rock Types: click here

Mineralogy for kids: click here

Minerals in Your House: click here

E-Word Game Science: click here

Landslide info: click here

Volcano Info: click here

Volcano Info:  click here

Pioneers of Electricity: click here

Dinosaurs: click here

More dinosaurs: click here

Forces and Magnets: click here

Electricity Games: click here

NASA Kids Club  click here

Biomes of the World:  click here

Aquatic Ecosystems:  click here

Nat.Geo Aquatic Ecosystems

click here

Phases of the Moon rap: click here



Electricity Explained! click here

Interactive Explorer map: Click here

Explorers, Maps, Activities: Click here

NW Coast American Indians Click here

Plateau, Great Basin, and SW American Indian Tribes Click here

Pueblo Indian History for Kids Click here

The war of 1812 video:

Kids History resources

Two Online Database Sources for National Park Slide Presentation:

Grolier Online Encyclopedia: (Username: sls  Password: sls) Click here

World Book Online Encyclopedia: (Username: opcsd Password:  World) :Click here

SHR: A Free CountryClick here

SHR: 3-ring government: Click here

SHR: I'm just a bill: Click here

Government: click here

Ben's Guide: click here

National Park Project Link 1:Click here

California -National Park Project Link 2:

Top Ten National Parks in CA: Click here

Luther Burbank and other famous scientists: click here

California Commodities: click here

Commodities: click here

More commodities facts: click here

Honor Roll of Notable Women: click here

Gold Rush for Kids: click here

PBS Kids-Goldrush: click here

Women in History: click here

Harriet Tubman Click here

International Women's Day: Beating the Odds: click here

Mahala Yousafzai Bio: click here

Bessie Coleman: click here

Grace Hopper:  click here

Nancy Reagan: click here

California Missions: Click here

Ellis Island:  click here

Gold Rush: click here

Dust Bowl: click here

More Dust Bowl: click here

Interactive Dust Bowl: click here

Life in the Dust Bowl: click here

Mission Floorplans: click here

Teddy Roosevelt:  click here

Presidents and First Ladies: click here

Geography Games Geography Games click here

Native American Tribes and Regions of the U.S. click here

4th-California Regions and Features: California Regions

U.S. Map Puzzle: US Map Puzzle click here

Rivers of the US:Longest US Rivers click here

5th-CA. STATE REPORT SUPPORT: California Regions and Features: click here


and one more CA STATE REPORT Source: click here

Sally Ride Sally Ride biography 

Ellen Ochoa click here

Japan click here   or here

California Commodities: click here

More Commodities: click here

More commodities facts: click here

Biographies of Famous African Americans: click here

Black History Month: click here

Honor Roll of Notable Women: click here

4th-Gold Rush for Kids: click here

4th-PBS Kids-Goldrush: click here

Kidport Gold rush: click here

The Road to Statehood: click here

CA. Biographies: click here

More Ca. Biog: click here

Oil Info: click here

The how-to of oil drilling:  click here

Commodities Project Help:

click here

Wordless Problem Solving Videos: click here