Electricity and magnetism will be explored. We will build a working circuit, learn about conductors and insulators of electricity, transforming it into other forms of energy such as heat, light, mechanical, and sound energy. In our magnetism unit we will explore magnetic fields of energy with positive and negative charges/poles that cause attracting and repelling forces. We will conduct and even create labs to increase our understanding of these concepts.
The Southeast region will be studied first, and then the Southwest region this quarter. For each region we will learn about the physical features, resources, important people, culture, and other unique characteristics that make up each of these regions.
Light and its properties will be explored and assessed. If there is time at the end of the year, we will explore the properties of sound (this is not a required topic in 4th grade, but woud be an added bonus since light and sound travel so similarly).
The Midwest and West regions will be studies and assessed. An Illinois brochure will be created as part of the Midwest unit which also satisfies our ELA components of research and presenting for 4th quarter.