In order to build science skills for your 4th grader:
Conduct experiments using the scientific method (there are many different ways
people present "the scientific method," but here's a basic example):
Questions, observes, and researches.
Develops a hypothesis (based on observations and research).
Develops a conclusion.
Develop questions to research and experiment with based on previous experiments.
Write about and orally presents the findings and conclusion of an experiment.
Research and takes notes on information on a variety of topics using both text and digital resources.
Collect and uses data to support experiments and what he learns.
Experiment with different types of materials and different states of matter such as solid, liquid, and gas.
Work independently to conduct experiments and create projects.
Experiment: Find something that interests your child, such as the weather, plants, a garden you may be growing, sound, or motion. Work with your child to use the scientific method as described above to learn about and experiment with this project. Record each step, beginning with research and ending with the conclusion.
You can also do more experiments based on questions or observations that come from your experiment.
- Hypothesize: Before doing anything, such as adding one liquid to another or putting something in the water, ask your child to hypothesize what she thinks will happen. Ask her to explain why she thinks this.
- Take a Hike: Visit a local park or hiking site and encourage your child to make observations, describe what she notices, and ask questions. Pay particular attention to the natural objects you find (like rock formations and plants) and use these observations for further research.
- Learn How Something Works: Choose a technology or machine with your child and research—both with books and information online—how that object works. Then create a model, diagram, or video of how that object works.