Grade Level Four


Life Sciences

3.0 Living organisms depend on one another and on their environment for survival. As a basis for understanding this concept:

  • 3a. Students know ecosystems can be characterized by their living and nonliving components.
    • Standards Correlation: American River Canyon
  • 3b. Students know that in any particular environment, some kinds of plants and animals survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
    • Standards Correlation: Glass case: riparian, woodland; Garden demo (native plants)

Earth Sciences

5.0 Waves, wind, water, and ice shape and reshape Earth's land surface. As a basis for understanding this concept:

  • 5a. Students know some changes in the earth are due to slow processes, such as erosion, and some changes are due to rapid processes, such as landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes.
    • Standards Correlation: American River Canyon, Sand table
  • 5c. Students know moving water erodes landforms, reshaping the land by taking it away from some places and depositing it as pebbles, sand, silt, and mud in other places (weathering, transport, and deposition)
    • Standards Correlation: Sand table

History - Social Science - “California: A Changing State”

  • 4.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the physical and human geographical features that define places and regions in California.
    • Standards Correlation: Relief map, Murals
      • 4.1.4 Identify the locations of the Pacific Ocean, rivers, valleys, and mountain passes and explains their effects on the growth of towns.
  • 4.4 Students explain how California became an agricultural and industrial power, tracing the transformation of the California economy and its political and cultural development since the 1850's.
    • Standards Correlation: American River Canyon
      • 4.4.7 Trace the evolution of California's water system into a network of dams, aqueducts, and reservoirs.
        • Standards Correlation: Relief map, Powerhouse model, Folsom Dam, Murals

Language Arts

1.0 Listening and Speaking Strategies – Students listen critically and respond appropriately to oral communication. They speak in a manner that guides the listener to understand important ideas by using proper phrasing, pitch, and modulation.
  • Comprehension
    • 1.1 Ask thoughtful questions and respond to relevant questions with appropriate elaboration in oral settings.
    • 1.2 Summarize major ideas and supporting evidence presented in spoken messages and formal presentations.
Last Updated: 11/4/20