Grade Four Science Content and Skills

Grade Four Science content and skills are based on the Virginia State Standards of Learning for Science. Content is organized in level-appropriate units. At grade four, students develop fundamental science process skills including observation, experimental design, data analysis, and graphing. These skills are applied to content in each topic.

Key topics studied in grade four include:

  • Scientific Investigation, Reasoning, and Logic
  • Force, Motion, & Energy
  • Resources
  • Life Processes
  • Earth Patterns, Cycles, & Change
  • Interrelationships in Earth/Space Systems
  • Living Systems

Grade Four Science Standards of Learning Implementation and Assessment

Full implementation of the 2018 Standards of Learning (SOL) begins with the 2022-23 academic year. State testing of the 2018 SOL starts in spring 2023. To access the 2018 Science SOL, please visit the Virginia Department of Education Science Standards of Learning website.