GPS Lesson Plans, NGSS and Oregon State Standards
PSS understands the importance of supporting schools/teachers in meeting Oregon Education Standards. The following list outlines the topics in our 4th grade program, and lists the standards covered. We hope this is helpful to you, and if you have any questions please be in touch!
Topics and Standards:
NOTE: We have added some 3rd or 5th grade standards where applicable.
Intro to Sustainability Week: Wolves in Yellowstone (video and ecosystem connections activity); Healthy Choices Activity
NGSS: 4-ESS3-1; 4-LS1-2; 3-LS4-3; 3-LS4-4; Crosscutting Concepts: Systems and System Models
Social Sciences: 4.3, 4.4, 4.9, 4.10, 3.7
Soil Week: Soil formation; Earth as an Apple (topsoil scarcity); soil erosion activity; PowerPoint presentation slides
NGSS: 4-ESS2-1; 4-ESS3-1; 4-LS1-1; 4-LS1-2; 4-ESS1-1
Social Sciences: 4.3, 4.8, 4.9, 4.10; 3.6, 3.9
Water Week: Bioaccumulation demonstration; water quality testing; PowerPoint presentation slides; water audit
NGSS: 4-ESS3-1; 4-LS1-1; 4-LS1-2;
Social Sciences: 4.9, 4.10
Energy Week: PowerPoint presentation slides; renewable vs. non-renewable energy; electric car models
NGSS: 4-ESS3-1; 4-ESS3-2; 4-PS3-2; 4-PS3-4; 3-5-ETS1-1; 3-5-ETS1-2
Social Sciences: 4.10, 4.12
Waste Prevention: Slides, Lecture, Recycle Challenge Activity, Recycling in Oregon video
NGSS: 4-ESS3-1; 4-ESS3-2; MS-PS1-3;
Social Sciences: 4.3, 4.10, 4.13, 3.4
Transportation: Safe Routes to School presentation and mapping exercise
NGSS: 4-ESS2-2; 4-ESS3-1; 4-ESS3-2; 3-5-ETS1-1
Social Sciences: 4.10
Tree Week: presentation and tree tour (Friends of Trees)
NGSS: 4-LS1-1; 4-LS1-2; 4-ESS3-1; 4-ESS3-2; 5-LS2-1
Social Sciences: 4.7, 4.9, 4.11
Environmental Justice: presentation
Social Sciences: 4.1 4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.9, 4.10, 4.13
Using Your Voice: presentation and public speaking practice
Social Sciences: 4.3, 4.4, 4.9, 4.10
ELA/Literacy Standards: 4.W.1, 4.W.2, 4.W.4
General (themed throughout all lessons)
NGSS:4-ESS3-1 and 2; 5-ESS3-1
Social Sciences: 4.10, 4.23
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