4th Grade Physical Science Course: Magnetism and Electricity

4th Grade Physical Science Course Magnetism and Electricity

This Grade 4 Physical Science Course Unit teaches students magnetism and electricity. The lessons address all of the Grade 4 California Science Content Standards for Physical Science. Students will discover that electricity and magnetism are interconnected forces with countless applications in daily life. Through a series of experimental investigations and studies, students gain knowledge about static and current electricity, as well as the effects of magnetism. They will design, build, and utilize series and parallel circuits, a basic compass, and an electromagnet. Electromagnets are used extensively in the construction of electric motors, and students will learn how electricity may be converted to heat, light, and motion. Investigations, experiments, hands-on learning, inquiries and evaluations are used in this Physical Science Course. Assessments include pre-, post-, and formative assessments. You can download the complete grade 4 Physical Science lessons (zip file, 35mb).

Introduction and Conceptual Flow NarrativeDownload PDF
Conceptual Flow GraphicDownload PDF
Pre-AssessmentA (Assessment File)Download PDF
Lesson 1 May the Magnetic Force Be with You4.1Download PDF
Lesson 2 Amazing Magnets4.2Download zip (2 PDF’s)
Lesson 3 Magnetic Fields-The Earth Acts as a Giant Magnet4.3Download PDF
Lesson 4 Magnetic Fields-Making a Compass4.4Download PDF
Formative Assessment #1B (Assessment File)Download PDF
Lesson 5 Static Electricity4.5Download PDF
Lesson 6 Simple Circuits4.6Download zip (3 PDF’s)
Lesson 7 Conductors and Insulators4.7Download PDF
Lesson 8 Series Circuits and Switches4.8Download PDF
Formative Assessment #2C (Assessment File)Download PDF
Lesson 9 Parallel Circuits4.9Download PDF
Lesson 10 Electromagnets4.10Download PDF
Lesson 11 Hot Wire S’More4.11Download PDF
Lesson 12 Motors4.12Download PDF
Post-AssessmentD (Assessment File)Download PDF

The Grade 4 Conceptual Flow Narrative for Physical Science: Magnetism and Electricity expands on the topics shown in the conceptual flow image by explaining the concept(s) discussed in each lesson as well as the relationships that connect one lesson to the next. A conceptual narrative connects each lesson to the one before it and the one after it, ensuring the development of student understanding as students progress from one concept to the next.

4th Grade Physical Science Conceptual Flow

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