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4th Grade


Forces and Motion: Basics

Energy Skate Park

Energy Skate Park: Basics

Learn about conservation of energy with a skater gal! Explore different tracks and view the kinetic energy, potential energy and friction as she moves. Build your own tracks, ramps, and jumps for the skater.

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How Efficient is a Wind Turbine?

Learn about the concept of efficiency as it relates to power generation at a wind turbine using this interactive simulation!  Students have a great visual and introduction to understanding a renewable resource.


Circuit Construction Kit: DC

Experiment with an electronics kit! Build circuits with batteries, resistors, light bulbs, and switches. Determine if everyday objects are conductors or insulators, and take measurements with an ammeter and voltmeter. View the circuit as a schematic diagram, or switch to a lifelike view.



Power Play

This interactive is a great resource when teaching students about physics. In particular, this is a great opportunity to challenge students to do some critical thinking about energy and power!

Pushes and Pulls

The name of this “learning tool” is called Pushes and Pulls. Use the blue arrows in the upper right hand corner to go through the simulation. This tool has been developed by the and their Science Clips program. These are very clear, concise, and effective lessons for young students. Flash is required.
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  • Energy can be moved from place to place by moving objects or through sound, light, or electric currents. (4-PS3-2),(4-PS3-3)
  • Energy is present whenever there are moving objects, sound, light, or heat. When objects collide, energy can be transferred from one object to another, thereby changing their motion. In such collisions, some energy is typically also transferred to the surrounding air; as a result, the air gets heated and sound is produced. (4-PS3-2), (4-PS3-3)
  • Light also transfers energy from place to place. (4-PS3-2)
  • When objects collide, the contact forces transfer energy so as to change the objects’ motions. (4-PS3- 3)
  • Energy can also be transferred from place to place by electric currents, which can then be used locally to produce motion, sound, heat, or light. The currents may have been produced to begin with by transforming the energy of motion into electrical energy. (4-PS3-2),(4-PS3-4)
  • The expression “produce energy” typically refers to the conversion of stored energy into a desired form for practical use. (4-PS3-4)
  • Energy and fuels that humans use are derived from natural sources, and their use affects the environment in multiple ways. Some resources are renewable over time, and others are not. (4-ESS3-1)
  • Possible solutions to a problem are limited by available materials and resources (constraints). The success of a designed solution is determined by considering the desired features of a solution (criteria). Different proposals for solutions can be compared on the basis of how well each one meets the specified criteria for success or how well each takes the constraints into account. (secondary to 4-PS3-4)

About NGSS

Next Generation Science Standards is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.”


Our team from Temple University has developed this resource for all K-12 students and teachers of science. These vetted learning tools align to the NGSS. Find one we should include? Just fill out the form.

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Many of these science resources require Java and Flash. Click below to download.

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