Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

The Science/Health Program of the schools of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is  based on the National Common Core Standard.   The standards are correlated with the Common Core ELA and Math Standards  when applicable.  As with all of our  educational programs, all instruction is centered in our Catholic Faith  foundation.  Science and Health are often  integrated in the overall Religion, Literacy, Math and Physical Education  program at the primary level of instruction while maintaining some independent  experiences as well.

The content of Fourth Grade  Science is centered around the following Common Core domains: Life Cycle and Traits

  • investigate the life cycles of plants  and animals to compare similarities and differences among organisms
  • use evidence to compare  characteristics inherited from parents, characteristics caused by the  environment, and those resulting from both
  • provide evidence that offspring can  inherit different information from their parents
  • obtain and communicate information  about different versions of the same traits in different kinds of organisms
  • use evidence to describe patterns of  variation in a trait across individuals of the same kind of organism
  • use evidence to explain how some  characteristics that vary among individuals of the same kind of organism can  provide advantages to survive, find mates, and reproduce
  • obtain information to explain how  breeders use variations in traits to produce desired types of domesticated  organisms
  • obtain and communicate information  that some characteristics of organisms have been used to inspire technology  that meets societal needs

Processes that Shape  the Earth

  • ask testable questions about the  effects of moving water on the rate of erosions under various conditions and  plan and carryout investigations to observe and document the effects
  • obtain and communicate information  about how patterns in tree rings and ice cores are used as evidence to describe  the recent history of Earth’s climate
  • use evidence to construct an  explanation that some rocks and minerals are formed from the remains of  organisms
  • use evidence from the fossil record  to construct an explanation for the relationship between types of organisms  living today and types of organisms that lived in the past
  • use evidence to construct  explanations for how environments today may be different from past environments  in which fossilized organisms once lived
  • obtain information about the  locations of a variety of Earth’s features and map the geographic patterns that  emerge
  • analyze maps and other data to  determine the likelihood of geological hazards occurring in an area and  evaluate the possible effects on landforms and organisms
  • construct models based on research to  test and refine various design solutions for reducing the impact of geological  hazards


  • construct a simple explanation for  the relationship between energy and motion
  • carry out investigations to provide  evidence that energy is transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat,  electric currents, interacting magnets, and moving or colliding objects
  • obtain and communicate information  for how technology allows humans to concentrate, transport, and store energy  for practical use
  • design and construct a device that  converts energy from one form to another using given design criteria
  • design and test a solution to a  problem that utilizes the transfer of electric energy in the solution using  given design constraints
  • develop a model using examples to  explain differences between renewable and non-renewable sources of energy
  • construct simple explanations for how  forces on an object causes the object to changes its energy


  • investigate the motions of waves on  the surface of water to identify patterns
  • use a model to describe the amplitude  and wavelength of waves
  • investigate the interaction of two  waves to describe how waves add or cancel one another depending on their  relative phase
  • obtain and share information about  naturally occurring waves which transfer energy
  • design, refine, and evaluate a model  to solve a problem of transferring information using mechanical waves that can  be decoded and communicate the design to others
  • obtain and communicate information  about modern devices that are used to transmit and receive digital information