I am new to fourth grade this year and for some reason I was very nervous about the science unit on "Electricity." It ended up being fun and the kids loved it.
I found a great unit on TPT that covered all my standards. (well worth the money)
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We read several trade books and used the chapters on electricity from Sciencesaurus (Great Science Text for Elementary Kids):
Watched several educational videos and clips:
Free Video Clipshttp://studyjams.scholastic.com/studyjams/jams/science/index.htm
Great video clips but need a membership for brain pop
Created a Thomas Edison Project: I read a few books about him. I did a lesson on "determining importance" and had the kids pick out the most important facts about his life.
Here are samples of their published writing:
Now to moving on to Animals...
"Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians Oh MY!"