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Grade 4 Science
Unit 3
basket of fruit
Think Globally, Act Locally
Essential Question:
How can we evaluate the interaction of organisms within their environment?
 
Enduring Understanding:
All living organisms need food, and are affected by the environment in which they live.
 Student Resources
Big Idea:
Food is a source of energy.
Food and Energy  (segment time 01:48)
Students will be fascinated at the role they play in the food web. Through real-life examples of food commonly eaten at the dinner table, students will learn where their food comes from and how they fit into the web of life. Expanding on food eaten at home, a more complex web of the forest ecosystem is also explored.
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BrainPop Food Chain Interactive
Students will sequence cards in the correct order to show their understanding of the food chain.

Fun with Food Webs Interactive Game
(Interactive Cards) Students will create a food web in three different environments: Arctic, pond and meadow.
 
Create a Food Chain Interactive
After reading about food chains, students will create a northern food chain and a forest food chain.
Big Idea:
Organisms interact in order to survive.
Curriculum IconFood Web Activity
Students will choose the correct category for animals and plants in a food web. This is a self-correcting activity. Students will discuss with a partner animals that surprised them by the category they belonged in, and then they will write about their top two animals that surprised them.

Curriculum IconFood Web Woes

Real World Reading: This is an article about the important role sharks play in the ocean ecosystem.

Focus Question: How does the loss of one species affect the rest of the organisms in a food web?

Big Idea:
Organisms change our environment positively and negatively.
Connecting the Paper Chain (Reading Activity)
Students will make the connection between nature and the things you use every day by reading about how a piece of paper is connected to plants, soil, water, animals, and decomposers.

Environmental Rescue Interactive Game
Students will complete a rescue mission to save Earth's natural resources, as they learn how organisms change their environment in positive and negative ways.
 
Required Lab: Changes in Ecosystems
Explain how changes in an organism's habitat are sometimes beneficial and sometimes harmful by recording observations of terrariums.

Curriculum IconSaving Wetlands
Real World Reading: This is an article about the importance of wetlands and how, in some areas, they are disappearing.
Focus Question: What steps are scientists taking to save the Louisiana wetlands? How can studying wetlands help us understand the effect of changes in an ecosystem?


Curriculum IconGraphing Data
Using the data you collected from you lab, students will create a line graph to compare the growth of plant life in the terrariums over time.
 
Project: Grow Your Own
Driving Question:
How can we evaluate a meal as a source of materials that we need to grow and survive?



Curriculum IconTiki’s Guide to Food (Reading Activity)
Working with a group, students will read about how food is grown or processed and where individual foods come from. Included in this guide are cartoons and information about the foods we eat.


Curriculum IconFresh From the World (Interactive Website)
Students will learn about the different foods we ear and what countries they come from in the world.


Digital Atlas of Maryland Agriculture
Students will investigate different digital map to find information regarding the products grown on Maryland farms in the different counties in our state.


Healthy Food Choices Pyramid Game
Students will learn about the food pyramid by playing an interactive game using the food pyramid.

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Teacher Resources
Enduring Understanding:
All living organisms need food, and are affected by the environment in which they live.
Resources
Big Idea:
Food is a source of energy.
The Chesapeake Project

smartboard icon Creating Food Chains
A teaching tool to show students how to identify and understand different producers, consumers, and decomposers.

 smartboard icon Energy in Food Chains
A teaching tool so students will be able to identify the role animals play in the food chain.

 smartboard icon Food Chain
A teaching tool to help students be able to create a model of a food web that is appropriately labels and in the correct sequence.

 smartboard icon Food Chains and Food Webs 
A teaching tool to help students be able to identify how animals and plants play a role in our environment.

 smartboard icon Food Chains 2
A teaching tool to help students be able to identify the role animals play in food chains.

 smartboard icon Food Chains 3
A teaching tool to help students be able to identify the role animals play in food chains.

 smartboard icon Food Chains 4
A teaching tool to help students be able to identify the role animals play in food chains.

 smartboard icon Food Chains 5
A teaching tool to help students be able to identify the role animals play in food chains.


What is a Food Chain?
A Discovery Education Video to show students the role they play in the food web. Through real-life examples of food commonly eaten at the dinner table, students will learn where their food comes from and how they fit into the web of life. Expanding on food eaten at home, a more complex web of the forest ecosystem is also explored.
Login to Discovery Education before selecting the link. Please note that the videos must be downloaded prior to viewing as per AACPS guidelines.

smartboard icon Living Things Change their Environment
A teaching tool to show students how living things affect their environment.
Smartboard Why Worry About Water
A teaching tool to explain to students how human activities can positively and negatively impact our natural environment.
Big Idea:
Organisms interact in order to survive.
smartboard icon Organisms in their Environment
A teaching to tool to help students be able to identify how organisms change their environment.
Big Idea:
Organisms change our environment positively and negatively.
Connecting the Paper Chain (Reading Activity)
Students will make the connection between nature and the things you use every day by reading about how a piece of paper is connected to plants, soil, water, animals, and decomposers.

Environmental Rescue Interactive Game
Students will complete a rescue mission to save Earth's natural resources, as they learn how organisms change their environment in positive and negative ways.
 
Required Lab: Changes in Ecosystems
Explain how changes in an organism's habitat are sometimes beneficial and sometimes harmful by recording observations of terrariums.

Curriculum IconSaving Wetlands
Real World Reading: This is an article about the importance of wetlands and how, in some areas, they are disappearing.
Focus Question: What steps are scientists taking to save the Louisiana wetlands? How can studying wetlands help us understand the effect of changes in an ecosystem?


Curriculum IconGraphing Data
Using the data you collected from you lab, students will create a line graph to compare the growth of plant life in the terrariums over time.
 
Project: Grow Your Own
Driving Question:
How can we evaluate a meal as a source of materials that we need to grow and survive?



Curriculum IconTiki’s Guide to Food (Reading Activity)
Working with a group, students will read about how food is grown or processed and where individual foods come from. Included in this guide are cartoons and information about the foods we eat.


Curriculum IconFresh From the World (Interactive Website)
Students will learn about the different foods we ear and what countries they come from in the world.


Digital Atlas of Maryland Agriculture
Students will investigate different digital map to find information regarding the products grown on Maryland farms in the different counties in our state.


Healthy Food Choices Pyramid Game
Students will learn about the food pyramid by playing an interactive game using the food pyramid.

 

Teacher Notes
Standards Resources
Food

Content Standard:

Recognize food as the source of materials that all living things need to grow and survive by creating a Thinking Map.

(3.E.1.a)

Technology Standard:
5.A.1.a Use Technology to locate, evaluate, gather and organize information and data. Select relevant information from technology resources.

Curriculum IconAnimals Around Us

Food as Energy

Content Standard:

Explain what happens to food in plants and animals by observing evidence of digestion and photosynthesis.(3.E.1.b,c)

Technology Standard:
5.A.1.a Use Technology to locate, evaluate, gather and organize information and data. Select relevant information from technology resources.
 

Curriculum IconThe Digestive System

Curriculum IconPBS.Org

Curriculum IconSunlight and Plants

Curriculum IconHow Plants Make Food

Curriculum IconReal World Reading: How Does Your Garden Grow? 

Interacting Organisms

Content Standard:

Explain ways that individuals and groups of organisms interact with each other and their environment by observing organisms in a terrarium.(3.F.1)

Technology Standard:
5.A.1.a Use Technology to locate, evaluate, gather and organize information and data. Select relevant information from technology resources.

Curriculum Iconterrarium


Food Webs

Content Standard:

Illustrate the interactions of organisms in a habitat through role-play.(3.F.1.a)

Technology Standard:
5.A.1.a Use Technology to locate, evaluate, gather and organize information and data. Select relevant information from technology resources.

Curriculum IconFood Web Activity.

Curriculum IconReal World Reading: Food Web Woes.

 

 

Required Lab: Changes in Ecosystems

Content Standard:

Explain how changes in an organism’s habitat are sometimes beneficial to it and sometimes harmful by recording observations of terrariums. (3.F.1.b)

Technology Standard:
5.A.1.a Use Technology to locate, evaluate, gather and organize information and data. Select relevant information from technology resources.

Curriculum IconReal World Reading: Saving Wetlands

Curriculum Icongraph to summarize the data.

Environment of Maryland

Content Standard:

Recognize and describe that people in Maryland depend on, change, and are affected by the environment.

(6.B.1)

Technology Standard:
5.A.1.a Use Technology to locate, evaluate, gather and organize information and data. Select relevant information from technology resources.
Curriculum IconChesapeake Bay Program Climate Change

Biomes

Content Standard:

Explain how human activity in a region is affected by the environmental factors by creating a class Thinking Map.(6.B.1.a)

Technology Standard:
5.A.1.a Use Technology to locate, evaluate, gather and organize information and data. Select relevant information from technology resources.
 

National Geographic: Habitats

Project: Grow Your Own!

 

Evaluate a meal as a source of materials that is needed to grow and survive by creating a menu from local food.

 

Technology Standard:
5.A.1.a Use Technology to locate, evaluate, gather and organize information and data. Select relevant information from technology resources.

Curriculum IconTiki’s Guide to Food

Curriculum IconFresh From the World

Curriculum IconDigital Atlas of Maryland Agriculture

August 2014