NJ ASK Grade 4 Science

NJ ASK Grade 4 Science

by Lauren Fletcher, Amy Konzelmann


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REA’s NJ ASK4 Science test prep helps you sharpen your skills and pass the exam!

All fourth grade students in New Jersey are required to pass the NJ ASK (Assessment of Skills and Knowledge) Grade 4 Science assessment test. Fully aligned with the core curriculum standards of the NJ Department of Education, our test prep provides the up-to-date instruction and practice that fourth grade students need to improve their science skills and pass this important high-stakes exam.

The comprehensive review features student-friendly, easy-to-follow lessons and examples that reinforce the key concepts tested on the NJ ASK4 Science exam, including life science, physical science, and earth science.

Our focused lessons appeal to students at all learning levels. Each lesson explains NJ ASK science concepts in a language suitable for the fourth grade level, while numerous drills strengthen science skills and abilities. Color icons throughout the book highlight important questions and study tips.

The book includes two full-length practice tests with detailed explanations of answers that allow you to test your knowledge and focus on areas in need of improvement. Our test-taking tips and strategies give you added confidence and ease anxiety before the exam.

Whether used in a classroom, at home for self-study, or as a textbook supplement, New Jersey teachers, parents, and students will consider this book a "must-have" prep for the NJ ASK4 Science exam.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738610184
Publisher: Research & Education Association
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Series: New Jersey ASK Test Preparation Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 740,806
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

Joy Wickersheim has been a teacher in Ridgefield Park, N.J., for 11 years. She has taught many grades ranging from 4th to 8th and is currently a 7th and 8th grade math teacher at the Ridgefield Park Junior/Senior High School. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of New Jersey in Elementary Education. Joy also received a Master of Science in Education degree from Fordham University Graduate School of Education, where she studied Curriculum and Teaching.

Erica Lynn Brock has been an educator in the New Jersey public school system for over eight years, and has tutored students in mathematics for more than ten years. She currently teaches at an elementary school in the West Caldwell, N.J., district. There she has worked on committees and assisted in re-designing curriculums and improving student scores on state testing. Previously, she was a math specialist in a middle school in Paramus, N.J. Erica graduated from Westfield State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education for Elementary Education and Liberal Studies, and minored in Mathematics. She went on to obtain her Master of Education in Educational Leadership for Instruction at The College of New Jersey.

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The New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge, or NJ ASK, is the Garden State’s formal assessment to ensure students are being taught and internalizing the skills and knowledge required by the state’s curriculum standards.

We at REA believe that a friendly, hands-on overview, targeted subject review, and true-to-format practice tests are the keys to creating a successful testing experience. REA’s NJ ASK books offer these key features:

✓ Clearly identified book activities

✓ Contextual illustrations

✓ Easy-to-follow lessons

✓ Tips for solving problems tailored for the proper grade level

✓ Exercises to sharpen skills

✓ Focused practice

About This Book
Organized practice is itself a prime skill for young students to master, because it helps set the tone for success long into the future as their educational adventure continues. It is REA’s sincere hope that this book—by providing relevant, standards-based practice—can become an integral part of that adventure.

This book was specially written and designed to make test practice easy and successful for you. Our practice tests are very much like the actual NJ ASK tests, and our review is filled with practice questions to help you become familiar with the testing environment and to retain information about key topics.

The NJ ASK and other state assessment tests are designed to give you and your child’s school information about how well the district’s children are achieving in the areas required by New Jersey’s Core Curriculum Content Standards. These standards describe what students should know at the end of certain grades. This book will help your child to review and prepare effectively and positively for the NJ ASK Grade 4 Science Assessment.

When you introduce your students to the test-taking environment and the demands of the NJ ASK tests, you can use our authoritative book in your classroom for planned, guided instruction and practice testing. Effective preparation means better test scores!

What Is the NJ ASK?
The New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge is a standards-based assessment used in New Jersey’s public schools. Performance on the NJ ASK test equates not with the grades students receive for teacher-assigned work but rather with proficiency measures pegged to how well students are acquiring the knowledge and skills outlined in the state’s Core Curriculum Content Standards.

Those proficiency measures fall into three broad categories or bands: “partially proficient,” “proficient,” and “advanced proficient.”

When Is the NJ ASK Grade 4 Science Test Given?
The test is administered in early spring. Grade 4 students take the NJ ASK Science on day 5 of the testing cycle. The testing lasts 45 minutes. This does not include time to distribute materials, read directions, and take breaks.

Test Format and Scoring of the Grade 4 Test
The NJ ASK Grade 4 Science test contains a total of 44 test items. Forty of these items are multiple-choice, and four more are open-ended questions. Open-ended questions must be completed through written responses. These explanations can include charts and diagrams, but must be supplemented with a written answer. The test is divided into four sections consisting of 10 multiple-choice questions and one open-ended question in each section.

Multiple-choice questions should take approximately 1 minute to answer, while the open-ended questions should take about 5 minutes. Multiple-choice questions are scored by machine. The open-ended questions are scored on a scale from 0 thru 3 by specially trained personnel.

Each test section is timed, and students may not proceed to the next section until time for the current section has expired. If students have not finished a section when time runs out, they must stop and put down their pencils. There are clear directions throughout the test.

The questions on the NJ ASK can contain items and concepts learned in earlier grades. The tests are administered in May; schools and parents receive the score reports over the summer.

Core Curriculum Content Standards in Science
The NJ ASK is not diagnostic, but is instead designed to measure how well students are achieving benchmarks set by the state’s Core Curriculum Content Standards. The NJ CCCS determine what students should know and be able to do at certain grade levels. The NJ ASK assesses three Core Curriculum Content Standards in science.

The distribution of standards in the test is as follows:

• Life Science, 40% (Standard 5.5)

• Physical Science, 30% (Standards 5.6, 5.7)

• Earth Science and Astronomy, 30% (Standards 5.8, 5.9)

The standards presented in this book were created by the New Jersey State Department of Education. For more information, visit the department’s website at http://www.state.nj.us/education/cccs.

Test Accommodations and Special Situations
Every effort is made to provide a level playing field for students with disabilities who are taking the NJ ASK. Most students with educational disabilities and most students whose English language skills are limited take the standard NJ ASK. Students with disabilities will be working toward achieving the standards at whatever level is appropriate for them. Supports such as large-print type are available for students who have a current Individualized Education Program (IEP), or who have plans required under Section 504, or who use these supports and accommodations during other classroom testing.

If the IEP team decides that a student will not take the NJ ASK in Language Arts Literacy, Mathematics and/or Science, the child will take the Alternate Proficiency Assessment (APA).

Tips for Test Taking

Do your homework. From the first assignment of the year, organize the day so there is always time to study and keep up with homework.

Communicate. If you have any questions, doubts, or concerns about anything relating to school, study, or tests, speak up. This goes for teachers and parents, as well as students.

Get some rest. Getting a good night’s sleep the night before the test is essential to waking up sharp and focused.

Eat right. Having a good breakfast—nothing very heavy—the morning of the test is what the body and mind need. Comfortable clothes, plenty of time to get to school, and the confidence of having prepared properly are all any student needs.

Test smart. Read the questions carefully. Make sure answers are written correctly in the proper place on the answer sheet. Don’t rush, but don’t go too slowly either. If there is time, go back and check questions that you weren’t sure about.

More Information about the NJ ASK
For more information about the NJ ASK, contact the state Department of Education or Measurement, Inc.: www.state.nj.us/education/assessment www.measinc.com/njask

Office of Student Learning Assessments
New Jersey Department of Education
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625-0500
Telephone: 609-341-3456

Table of Contents



About This Book
What is the NJ ASK?
When is the NJ ASK Grade 4 Science Test Given?
Test Format and Scoring of the NJ ASK Grade 4 Science Test
Core Curriculum Content Standards in Science
Test Accommodations and Special Situations
Tips for Test Taking
More Information about the NJ ASK

Chapter 1: Scientific Processes
Steps of the Scientific Method
Forming a Hypothesis
Practice 1: Forming a Hypothesis
Conducting Experiments and Recording Data
Practice 2: Conducting Experiments and Recording Data
Drawing Conclusions and Communicating Results
Practice 3: Drawing Conclusions and Communicating Results
Safety Procedures
Practice 4: Safety Procedures
End-of-Chapter Practice Problems

Chapter 2: Science and Society
Benjamin Franklin
Practice 5: Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Edison
Practice 6: Thomas Edison
Charles Darwin
Practice 7: Charles Darwin
End-of-Chapter Practice Problems

Chapter 3: Mathematical Application
Measuring Objects
Practice 8: Measuring Objects
Measuring Temperature
Practice 9: Measuring Temperature
Quantitative Observations
Practice 10: Quantitative Observations
End-of-Chapter Practice Problems

Chapter 4: Nature and Processes of Technology
Measuring with Scales
Practice 11: Measuring with Scales
Measuring with Thermometers
Practice 12: Measuring with Thermometers
End-of-Chapter Practice Problems

Chapter 5: Life Science
Life Cycles
Practice 13: Life Cycles
The Food Chain
Practice 14: The Food Chain
Habitats and Ecosystems
Practice 15: Habitats and Ecosystems
The Human Nervous System
Practice 16: The Human Nervous System
The Human Skeletal System
Practice 17: The Human Skeletal System
The Human Digestive System
Practice 18: The Human Digestive System
The Human Respiratory System
Practice 19: The Human Respiratory System
The Human Circulatory System
Practice 20: The Human Circulatory System
End-of-Chapter Practice Problems

Chapter 6: Physical Science: Chemistry
States of Matter
Practice 21: States of Matter
Changing States of Matter
Practice 22: Changing States of Matter
End-of-Chapter Practice Problems

Chapter 7: Physical Science: Physics
Force and Motion
Practice 23: Force and Motion
Magnetic Energy
Practice 24: Magnetic Energy
End-of-Chapter Practice Problems

Chapter 8: Earth Science
Rocks and Minerals
Practice 25: Rocks and Minerals
Practice 26: Weather
End-of-Chapter Practice Problems

Chapter 9: Astronomy
Order of the Planets
Practice 27: Order of the Planets
Phases of the Moon
Practice 28: Phases of the Moon
End-of-Chapter Practice Problems

Chapter 10: Environmental Studies
Human Impact
Practice 29: Human Impact
Practice 30: Conservation
End-of-Chapter Practice Problems

Practice Test 1

Day 1 Section 1
Day 1 Section 2
Day 1 Section 3

Practice Test 2

Day 1 Section 1
Day 1 Section 2
Day 1 Section 3

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great resource with a lot of helpful knowledge to prepare students for the NJASK Science portion of the test. A Must Have for any science classroom!