Abeka Science Grade 4
Understanding God’s World takes children on a fascinating journey that focuses on seeing, observing, and understanding the world around them. Beginning with the scientific purpose and method, students study insects, plants, birds, water, air and weather, sounds and hearing, geology, as well as oceanography and astronomy. Uniquely, they also embark on a study of the birds and flowers of U.S. States and Canadian provinces. Similar to the lower elementary grades, previously learned concepts are reviewed as new material is introduced. Serving as a helpful refresher, this enables former and new-to Abeka students to have a foundational understanding before moving onto advanced topics. The textbook provides the student readings, discussion questions to check comprehension, end of chapter checks, and suggested hands-on activities. Most chapters include more than one hands-on activity that are straightforward to complete at home. You will need to provide additional resources for the activities which are listed in the homeschool curriculum lesson plans. For example, you will need to provide a magnifying glass, peat moss, various types of seeds, cheesecloth, medicine dropper, etc. Unlike the younger levels, the softcover textbook does not include a place to write answers, so students will need to use a separate notebook. Answers to the textbook comprehension and chapter check questions are found in the Understanding God’s World Answer Key.
Additional resources include the non-reproducible quiz and test book (available bound or unbound); the separate quiz and test answer key, the activity book and separate activity book answer key, Homeschool Science Grades 4-6 Teaching Charts, Birds of North America Teaching Cards and the Flowers and Field Study Cards. The quiz and test book contains 23 quizzes, and one test per chapter. Every 3rd chapter test is a cumulative exam covering the previous two chapters. The consumable, black and white activity book has 44 activities to reinforce the textbook lessons. Activities vary from drawing or coloring to labeling, puzzles, outdoor nature activities etc. Not reproducible. The Homeschool Science Grades 4-6 Teaching Charts are optional, but helpful. Measuring 8 ½” x 11” the colorful, glossy visual aids come in a soft covered book. Perforated for ease of use, the double-sided charts (one side labeled with the flip side unlabeled), cover parts of the insect, trees, the water cycle and the solar system. Charts are used in grades 4, 5 and 6, making this a great value for families. If you plan to use them for consecutive years, you may wish to place them in page protectors for longer durability. The Birds of North America Teaching Cards, also an optional but beneficial resource, measures 8 ½” x 11”. Full color, the 31 cards include birds from the 50 United States and Canada’s 10 Provinces and 3 Territories. Referenced in the science lessons, the cards would also make an excellent supplement to your geography and social studies lessons. Measuring 5 ½” x 8”, the full color Flowers and Field Study Cards contain 70 flower cards with a full-color picture of the flower on one side of the card and the flower’s common and scientific name and interesting facts about the flower on the opposite side. Along with the 70 flower cards are 4 Concept Cards that identify the parts of a flower and monocots, dicots, and composites. The flower parts card identifies each part and its function on one side while the other side is unlabeled for review. The monocots, dicots, and composites cards list the characteristics and representative flowers (including the flower flashcard number) on one side and on the opposite the characteristics are illustrated. Flowers and Field Study Cards also include a 16-page booklet with teaching instructions and other helpful information.
The homeschool curriculum lesson plans include detailed, day-by-day lesson plans, teaching tips, homework suggestions, games, bible memorization and other enrichment ideas for science (27 weeks) and health (8 weeks). Lessons are scheduled 5 days per week, 20 minutes per day, although this may be adjusted based on your child’s needs. Planning calendars and progress report forms are also included.
Also available are the Science and Health Grade 4 Parent Kit and Child Kit. Both are recommended to successfully teach science and health. The parent kit includes the Homeschool Science and Health 4 Curriculum Lesson Plans, Understanding God's World Answer Key, Quiz and Test Key, and the Activity Book Key, as well as the Developing Good Health Answer Key and Quiz, Test and Worksheet Key. You will also receive the Health Grade 4-6 and the Science Grade 4-6 Teaching Charts. Please note: The Birds of North America Teaching Cards and the Flowers and Field Study Cards are not included. The Child Kit includes the Exploring God's World text, and the Quiz, Test, and Worksheet book, Developing Good Health text and the Quiz, Test, and Worksheet book.