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Phone: 472-7780

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This quarter in 4th Grade Strong.....

AIMS Prep Science Dictionary

Analysis - examining/process the results of an experiment

Anemometer - records wind speed

Atmosphere - the mixture of gases/air surrounding the earth

Barometer - records atmospheric pressure

Behavioral Adaptations - an animal’s behavior that helps it survive

Herding - hibernation - hiding

Camouflage - to hide using coloring of surroundings

Circuit - a continuous path for electric current to follow (closed - complete)

Series circuit - a circuit with only 1 pathway for current to flow

Parallel circuit - a circuit with 2 or more pathways for current to flow

Open circuit - an incomplete path (incomplete)

Classification - organizing or arranging things based on their characteristics

Climate -the type of weather an area has over a LONG period of time

Conclusion - summary and analysis of data collected

Conductors - materials that allow for electricity to flow through it

Conserve/conservation - to protect something

Data - observations/measurements collected

Deposition - the depositing of eroded material

Drought - long period of dry weather -- lack of rain/moisture

Earthquake - the sudden movement of the earth’s crust

Electricity - basic form or energy - produces light, heat, sound, magnetic field

Electromagnet - a metal core made into a magnet by passing coils of electricity around it

Erosion - the movement of weathered pieces of rock- usually by wind/water

Environment - the surroundings or natural world of an organisms

Fronts - masses of warm or cold air moving across an area

Glaciers - a mass of slow-moving ice

Graph - visual representation of data

Ground water - water beneath the earth’s surface (aquifers/springs)

Hypothesis- prediction - an educated guess for possible solution to problem

Inference - opinions/ideas (not facts)  used to explain observations

Inherited trait - a trait that is passed from parents to their offspring

Insulators - materials that do not allow electricity to flow through it

Invertebrates - exoskeleton - animals without an internal backbone


Insects - six legs/antennae/some wings/ 3 body parts

Arachnids - 8 legs/ no antennae/ no wings/ 2 body parts

Crustaceans - jointed legs - hard outer shell - usually live in water

Lava - molten (melted) rock

Magnetic poles - lines of force around a magnet

Opposite poles attract (N and S) pull together

Same poles repel (N-N or S-S) - push apart

Magnetism - a effect produced by the motion of electric charge, resulting in attractive and repulsive forces between objects

Meanders - bends/twists in a river

Mimicry - to imitate another organism for protection

Meteorologist - a person who studies the weather and predicts patterns

Morain - accumulation of glacial debris

Mutualism - where 2 organisms live together in order to survive - both benefit

Non-renewable resources - resources that cannot be replaced within a lifetime

Fossil fuels like coal/oil/gas

Observation - facts used to describe an object or process

Either by measurement or using the 5 senses

Oceans - salt water that comprises 97% of the earth’s water

Organism - any living thing

Parasitism - when 2 organisms live together, but one benefits and the other is harmed

Photosynthesis - the process by which plants make their own food by using the sun’s energy. They take in carbon dioxide and water and produce sugar and oxygen

Physical adaptations - physical traits that animals/plants use for survival

Camouflage - claws - cactus spines - large teeth - waxy leaves

Plant - an organism that can make its own food by photosynthesis

roots (absorb water),

stem (transport and support)

leaves (make the food)

Flowers (reproductive parts of a plant)

Population - a group of the same species living in the same area

Precipitation - any water falling from the atmosphere - rain/snow/hail

Recycle - making a new product from a used product

Reduce - to limit usage of a resource - to use less

Reuse - to use the same resource over again

Renewable resources - resources that can easily be replaced


Soil - the loose surface layer of the Earth

Surface water - water on the surface of the earth - rivers/lakes/ponds

Variables- an element that can be changed

Independent variable - “the cause” or the element you are testing

Dependent variable - “the result” or the element you are measuring for the test

Control/Constant - the elements that you are keeping “the same” - consistent

Vertebrates - endoskeleton - animals with an internal backbone

Fish - live in water - breathe with gills - scales - cold-blooded

Amphibians - moist skin- cold blooded - go through stages

Reptiles - cold blooded - scales - eggs with leathery shells

Birds - warm blooded - feathers - most fly

Mammals - warm blooded - covered in hair - mostly live birth

Volcano - a landform made by eruption

Composite - layers of lava flow, volcanic ash, and cinders

Cinder cone - built of cinders/volcanic rock

Shield - built by lava flows

Weather -describes the daily patterns for an area of temperature, precipitation, wind

Weathering - the breaking down of rocks into small pieces when they are exposed to weather

Wind vane - records the speed of the wind




Strong Class Schedule

Daily            Lunch/Recess        12:20 to  1:00 PM

Daily             Recess                  11:00 to 11:15 AM

Monday        Orchestra              11:30 to 12:00

Tuesday        PE                         9:45 to 10:15 AM

Wednesday    Media Center       9:45 to 10:15 AM

Thursday        PE                       10:20 to 10:50 AM

Thursday        Orchestra            1:50 to 2:20 PM

Friday            Music                    9:45 to 10:15 AM

Friday            Art                        10:15 to 10:50 AM

Daily              Math                     1:00 to 2:00 PM

Early release time is at 1:55 PM on the following:

Every Wednesday

October 6 - end of 1st quarter

October 16-20 - parent teacher conferences

December 22- end of 2nd quarter

January 16-19 - parent teacher conferences

March 9 - end of 3rd quarter

Extra Early Release time is at 12:25 on the following days:

September 13

November 1

February 14

April 11


Fall - October 9-13

Winter - Last day is December 22 and return is January 8th

Spring - March 12-16