Suggested Websites for grade 4:
English & Math:
Sadlier Connect (ELA & Math)
Sadlier Connect (Religion)
Garden sundial video clip
Explore day/night and earth’s revolution around sun http://www.uwsp.edu/geo/faculty/ritter/geog101/textbook/energy/earth_sun_relations_seasons.html
Explore day/night and earth’s revolution around sun, tilt on axis http://esminfo.prenhall.com/science/geoanimations/animations/01_EarthSun_E2.html
Divided page journal – Vocab: equinox, solstice, autumnal equinox, vernal equinox, summer solstice, winter solstice.
Use to gather moon facts for journal: distance from earth, period of rotation, period of revolution, no atmosphere
Explore solar system and gather Earth and Sun facts for journal: distance from sun, period of rotation, period of revolution, degree of tilt
Explore and diagram Lunar Cycle
Explore causes of moon phases, predict how moon will look from earth, when a phase will rise or set and where the moon is in its orbit based on observation
http://www.learningmedia.co.nz/staticactivities/online_activities/theshadow/ – Beach umbrella shadow “sundial” – Observe path of shadow and self test your understanding of how shadow produced by the Sun.
http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/interactives/moon/moon_challenge/moon_challenge.html – Thinkfinity – Lunar phases challenge – Students “drag” moons to their correct places in lunar cycles, filling it the phases that are missing in each moon phase calendar.
http://www.astronomy.org/programs/seasons/index.html review concepts
http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/faq.html – About the North Pole
Creature World – Animal Adaptations
On classification – From New Bedford Whaling Museum ECHO Resource Center:
Huge glossary, Also click on “Critter Catalogue” to see how several animals are grouped.