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Fourth Grade Junior Science Academy Classes

Artifacts and Culture of Ancient Problem Solvers

Biology: Structure and Function in Living Organisms

Fossils: Stability and Change in the Fossil Record


Artifacts and Culture of Ancient Problem Solvers

  • Discover our artifacts and how they were engineered to help past people survive
  • Participate in a trading activity to understand how past people shared skills and tools for survival
  • Learn how pottery was designed and build one to take home
  • This class encourages use of Science and Engineering Practices while exploring Social Studies Standard I, Objectives 1&2, and Standard II, Objective 1

Biology: Structure and Function in Living Organisms

  • Observe and record the structures of Utah bird specimens to better understand their functions
  • Use insect specimens and microscopes for student-centered investigations of their unique and differing structures.
  • Identify the impacts of differing environments on the growth and structure of plants
  • Using the museum dioramas, explore what they learned and develop their own conclusions about the function of animal sounds
  • This class uses Museum quality specimens to further understanding of SEEd standards 4.1.1 and 4.1.2

Fossils: Stability and Change in the Fossil Record

  • Observe and record the structures of fossils to better understand what a fossil is
  • Compare the patterns in Green River leaf fossils to modern leaves to determine the environment in Utah 52 million years ago
  • Compare and contrast trilobite fossils to better understand stability and change in an organism over time
  • Observe the ceratopsian wall to develop conclusions about why an organism might change
  • This class allows students close interaction with museum quality fossils to improve their comprehension of SEEd standards 4.1.3 and 4.1.4

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