4th Grade

ELA/LITERACY:

Basal Alignment Project Lessons-http://achievethecore.org/page/526/basal-alignment-project-lessons-grade-4-list-pg

From Achievethecore.org, these include fifteen core-aligned lessons for Harcourt Trophies.

SOCIAL STUDIES:

Washington State History

History of Olympia, Washingtonhttp://olympiawa.gov/community/about-olympia/history-of-olympia-washington

From the city of Olympia.  Briefly outlines the history of Olympia from past to present.

History of the South Sound Country-http://olympiahistory.org/wp/a-brief-history-of-the-south-sound-country/

From the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum.  Details the history of the South Sound.

SCIENCE:
Salmon and Forests

The Salmon Page-http://salmonpage.com/

Hosted by a fellow elementary school, The Salmon Page dedicates itself to all things salmon.  You will find a variety of information about the fish from recipes to how to protect salmon.  For those looking for links to other salmon pages, this is the place to visit!

Salmon by Andy, Mason, and Marshall-http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/show/salmonrun.html

This short video from PBS follows kids Andy, Mason, and Marshall as they conduct an investigation to describe how dead salmon are a sign of a healthy river.  Students can watch the video and read about the findings.  There are also suggestions for things you can do after watching and learning.  This resource would be helpful for student investigation or for building schema before a visit to Kennedy Creek Salmon Trail.

The Salmon Story-http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishinggeneconservationlab.generalinfo_salmonstory

From the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Salmon Story takes readers through the life cycle of a salmon.  Each stage is accompanied by pictures and brief text.  Students will learn about spawning, alevins, fry, smolt, maturing, and mature adults.  This could be used for introducing the life cycle, for web research, and more.

 

Water

Water Cycle Diagram-http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/weather/thewatercyclediagram.html

This diagram from the US Geological Survey is a kid-friendly version of the water cycle.  Each stage is presented as a cartoon raindrop, sliding down a slide into the ocean as runoff or chillin’ in the clouds as condensation.  Short factoids accompany the diagram in two separate sidebars.  Whether you use this to introduce the water cycle or have students explore it to deepen their knowledge, this resource is a winner!

Website Evaluation

Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus-http://zapatopi.net/treeoctopus/

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