Science Content Standards:
2c Decomposers, including many fungi, insects, and microorganisms,
recycle matter from dead plants and animals.
3a Ecosystems can be characterized in terms of their living
and nonliving components
3b For any particular environment, some kinds of plants
and animals survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive
4a How to differentiate among igneous, sedimentary, and
metamorphic rocks by their properties and methods of formation (the rock
4b How to identify common rock-forming minerals (including
quartz, calcite, feldspar, mica, and hornblende) and ore minerals using
a table of diagnostic properties.
5a Some changes in the Earth are due to slow processes,
such as erosion, and some changes are due to rapid processes, such as landslides,
volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes.
4.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the physical
and human geographic
features that define places and regions in California.
and use the coordinate grid system of latitude and longitude to determine
absolute locations of places in California and on Earth.
Language Arts Content Standards:
Organization and Focus
1.1 Select a focus, an organizational structure, and a
point of view based upon purpose,
audience, length, and format requirements.
1.2 Create multiple-paragraph compositions:
a. Provide an introductory paragraph.
b. Establish and support a central
idea with a topic sentence at or near the beginning of
c. Include supporting paragraphs
with simple facts, details, and explanations.
d. Conclude with a paragraph
that summarizes the points.
e. Use correct indention.
Research and Technology
1.5 Quote or paraphrase information sources, citing them
1.7 Use various reference materials (e.g., dictionary,
thesaurus, card catalog, encyclopedia,
online information) as an aid to writing.
1.8 Understand the organization of almanacs, newspapers,
and periodicals and how to use
those print materials.
1.9 Demonstrate basic keyboarding skills and familiarity
with computer terminology
(e.g., cursor, software, memory, disk drive, hard drive).
Listening and Speaking Strategies
1.1 Ask thoughtful questions and respond to relevant questions
with appropriate elaboration
in oral settings.
1.2 Summarize major ideas and supporting evidence presented
in spoken messages and
1.3 Identify how language usages (e.g., sayings, expressions)
reflect regions and cultures.
1.4 Give precise directions and instructions.
Organization and Delivery of Oral Communication
1.5 Present effective introductions and conclusions that
guide and inform the listenerĖs
understanding of important ideas and evidence.
1.6 Use traditional structures for conveying information
(e.g., cause and effect, similarity and
difference, and posing and answering a question).
Writing Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
2.3 Write information reports:
a. Frame a central question
about an issue or situation.
b .Include facts and details
c. Draw from more than
one source of information (e.g., speakers, books, newspapers, other media
Speaking Applications (Genres and Their Characteristics)
2.1 Make narrative presentations:
a. Relate ideas, observations,
or recollections about an event or experience.
b. Provide a context that
enables the listener to imagine the circumstances of the event or
c. Provide insight into
why the selected event or experience is memorable.
2.2 Make informational presentations:
a. Frame a key question.
b. Include facts and details
that help listeners to focus.
c. Incorporate more than
one source of information (e.g., speakers, books, newspapers,
television or radio reports).
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Content Standards Grades K-12 - Science - PDF Format
According to California State 4th grade science standards,
students need to understand concepts from Earth Science, as rocks, minerals,
and plant life. In addition the stardards require students to understand
presentational skills, research writing, alternative media research
as internet based research. Lastly, Mexican Volcanoes may be used
as a thematic unit for writing and comprehenshion stardards for fourth
Interpreting data, Making inferences, Creating presentations
Presentations -PowerPoint, Effective communitcation
Effective use of Internet resources