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Grade 4 Social Studies: Introduction

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Social Studies Practices

Descriptions of the Social Studies skills and practices which provide a sense of what students are doing as they develop into social studies literate citizens. 

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Sample Unit Progression

This year-long and/or course progression provides a sample vision for the learning experience that engages in meaningful, connected social studies. Unit samples offer examples of collaborative and inquiry-based lesson ideas, as well as classroom-ready formative assessments.

Objective Analysis 


Analysis for each grade-level content standard and learning objective is provided in a manner to support deep understanding of goals and expectations for the teacher and student. 

Following each Objective Analysis are links to Instructional Resources providing recommendations for lesson ideas, student-centered tasks, primary and secondary resources. Recommendations are not intended to be an exhaustive listing of instructional possibilities.


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Engagement Strategies

Suggested instructional strategies to support the Social Studies Practices, develop critical thinking, and engage students in collaborative inquiry.

In the fourth grade, student learning is focused on an in-depth study of the geography of the United States. Students develop an understanding of the physical regions of our nation and the natural resources which have been used to develop a growing economy. Students also explore the cultures and contributions of indigenous peoples of the Americas, as well as the lasting impact of European exploration and colonization of territory which would become the United States. An extensive study of each region explores the human characteristics and economic activities which make each region unique.







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