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Social Studies Lesson Plan
4th Grade Curriculum

Total Activities: 204

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Chapter 1: "Ancient Civilization"
Lesson Activity Name
Type
LA# Worksheet
Mesopotamian Geography: Investigate the following features of the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia: natural environment of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, Babylonia, Babylon, Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Exploring Ancient Mesopotamia nonscored 514
Ancient Civilizations of Mesopotamia nonscored 322
Lesson Quiz: Mesopotamian Geography quiz
Mesopotamian Culture: Investigate the following features of the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia: the development of writing and the impact of written records on the development of a civilization. Ancient Writing of Mesopotamia nonscored 328
The Development of Writing in Mesopotamia nonscored 524
Lesson Quiz: Mesopotamian Culture quiz
Mesopotamian Government: Investigate the following features of the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia: the Code of Hammurabi and the contribution of laws to a developing civilization. King Hammurabi and His Code of Law nonscored 542
Hammurabi and the Code of Laws nonscored 329
Lesson Quiz: Mesopotamian Government quiz
Egyptian Geography: Investigate the following features of the ancient civilization of Egypt: natural environments of the Nile River Valley and the Sahara Desert. The Gift of the Nile nonscored 345
Exploring Ancient Egypt nonscored 548
Lesson Quiz: Egyptian Geography quiz
Egyptian Culture: Investigate the following features of the ancient civilization of Egypt: the development of writing and the impact of written records on the development of a civilization. Writing in Ancient Egypt nonscored 553
Ancient Egyptian Writing nonscored 356
Lesson Quiz: Egyptian Culture quiz
Egyptian Architecture: Investigate the following features of the ancient civilization of Egypt: art, pyramids, mummies, pharaohs, Sphinx. Mysteries of Ancient Egypt nonscored 369 alertanswerkey
Wonders of Ancient Egypt nonscored 577
Lesson Quiz: Egyptian Architecture quiz
Indus River Geography: Investigate the following features of the ancient civilization of the Indus River Valley: the natural environment of the Indus River Valley, Mohenjo-Daro, and Harappa. Exploring the Ancient Civilization of the Indus River Valley nonscored 595
Ancient Civilization of the Indus River Valley nonscored 379
Lesson Quiz: Indus River Geography quiz
Similarities & Differences: Analyze similarities and differences among the three civilizations studied. Review of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Indus River Valley nonscored 384
: Chapter Test: Ancient Civilization


quiz Test
Chapter 2: "Aztecs, Incas & Mayas"
Lesson Activity Name
Type
LA# Worksheet
Mayan Culture: Investigate the following features of the Mayan civilization: writing, art, architecture, government. Exploring the Ancient Mayas nonscored 607
The Ancient Mayan Civilization nonscored 409
Lesson Quiz: Mayan Culture quiz
Mayan Science: Investigate the following features of the Mayan civilization: development of a calendar, mathematics, astronomy. The Amazing Mayas nonscored 414
Lesson Quiz: Mayan Science quiz
Aztec Culture: Investigate the following features of the Aztec Empire: aqueducts, art, architecture, society. Investigate the following features of the Mayan civilization: development of a calendar, mathematics, astronomy. The Aztec Empire nonscored 441
Exploring the Ancient Aztecs nonscored 617
Lesson Quiz: Aztec Culture quiz
Incan Society: Investigate the following features of the Incan society: natural environment of the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, road system. Exploring the Incas nonscored 629
The Incan Empire nonscored 443
Lesson Quiz: Incan Society quiz
Incan Culture: Investigate the following features of the Incan society: art, architecture, government. The Incan Culture nonscored 451
Lesson Quiz: Incan Culture quiz
Similarities & Differences: Analyze similarities and differences among the three civilizations studied. Review of the Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas nonscored 455
: Chapter Test: Aztecs, Incas & Mayas


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Chapter 3: "U.S. Revolutionary Period"
Lesson Activity Name
Type
LA# Worksheet
Colonization: Explain the importance of the roles of the Viking, Spanish, and French in the events leading to the colonization of America. Columbus Starts Something Big nonscored 278
The Vikings Take on the World nonscored 237
Discovering America! nonscored 727
Lesson Quiz: Colonization quiz
English Colonies: Describe in general terms the English colonies before 1750. Life in the Colonies nonscored 745 alertanswerkey
Puritans and Pilgrims-A New Life in America nonscored 279
Print Shop nonscored 192
Everytown 1750: A Visit to the Common nonscored 316
Everytown 1750: Road Trip nonscored 426
Everytown 1750: A Visit to the Craft Shop nonscored 427
Everytown 1750: Take a Ride on the Stagecoach nonscored 317
Everytown 1750: Gathering at the Meetinghouse nonscored 428
Lesson Quiz: English Colonies quiz
Causes of French & Indian War: Identify the basis of conflict that led to the French and Indian War. Racing to Rule America-Causes of the French and Indian War nonscored 419
Land and Fur—Fighting for a Continent nonscored 453
Lesson Quiz: Causes of French & Indian War quiz
Results of French & Indian War: Summarize the results of the French and Indian War. The French and Indian War--A Contest for North America nonscored 457
Great Britain Smashes French Power in North America nonscored 530
Lesson Quiz: Results of French & Indian War quiz
Causes of Revolution: Analyze the following events that contributed to the outbreak of the American Revolution: Pontiac's Rebellion, Proclamation of 1763. Lesson Quiz: Results of French & Indian War nonscored 480
Lesson Quiz: Results of French & Indian War nonscored 471
Lesson Quiz: Results of French & Indian War quiz
Causes of Revolution: Explain why the colonists resisted the Stamp Act. The Colonists Protest the Stamp Act nonscored 489
The Stamp Act Is Unfair! nonscored 492
Lesson Quiz: Causes of Revolution quiz
Causes of Revolution: Analyze the following events that contributed to the outbreak of the American Revolution: Townshend Acts, Boston Massacre. Redcoats in Boston nonscored 506
Crisis in Boston nonscored 511
Lesson Quiz: Causes of Revolution quiz
Causes of Revolution: Analyze the following events that contributed to the outbreak of the American Revolution: Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts. What's Brewing in Boston Harbor? nonscored 555
Blame It on the Tea nonscored 567
Lesson Quiz: Causes of Revolution quiz
First Continental Congress: Identify the importance of the First Continental Congress. The First Continental Congress nonscored 611
The Colonies Plan Together nonscored 606
Lesson Quiz: First Continental Congress quiz
Lexington & Concord: Describe the battles of Lexington and Concord. The Shot Heard Round the World 680
The Fighting Begins 652
Lesson Quiz: Lexington & Concord quiz
People & Causes: Investigate the following people and their roles in the events leading to the outbreak of the American Revolution: Crispus Attucks, John Adams, Paul Revere. Calling All Patriots! nonscored 738
"Yankee Doodle" Patriots nonscored 714
Lesson Quiz: People & Causes quiz
Battle of Bunker Hill: Describe the significance of the battle of Bunker Hill. Battle of Bunker Hill nonscored 711
Early Battles of the American Revolution nonscored 712
Lesson Quiz: Battle of Bunker Hill quiz
Second Continental Congress: Explain the role of the Second Continental Congress. Moving Closer to Independence nonscored 756
The Second Continental Congress nonscored 764
Lesson Quiz: Second Continental Congress quiz
Common Sense: Summarize the purpose of Thomas Paine's pamphlet Common Sense. Colonists Urged to Use Common Sense nonscored 654 alertanswerkey
Declaring Independence nonscored 674
Lesson Quiz: Common Sense quiz
Concepts of Liberty: Discuss the propositions that all men are created equal,the responsibility of the government to protect the unalienable rights of the people, the natural rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,and the right of the people. . .to institute a new government. We Hold These Truths nonscored 703
Discussing the Declaration of Independence nonscored 695
Lesson Quiz: Concepts of Liberty quiz
People in the Revolution: Investigate the following people and their roles in the American Revolution: George Washington as commander-in-chief of the new Continental Army, Martha Washington. General and Mrs. Washington and the Revolutionary War nonscored 486
George and Martha Washington and the American Revolution nonscored 463
Lesson Quiz: People in the Revolution quiz
People in the Revolution: Investigate the following people and their roles in the American Revolution: Molly Pitcher [Mary Hays], Deborah Sampson, Mercy Otis Warren, Laura Wolcott, Sybil Ludington. Women of the American Revolutionary War nonscored 470
Colonial Women and the Fight for Independence nonscored 485
Lesson Quiz: People in the Revolution quiz
People in the Revolution: Investigate the following people and their roles in the American Revolution: Peter Salem, Henri Christophe, Prince Whipple, Oliver Cromwell, Salem Poor, Phillis Wheatley. African Americans and the American Revolution nonscored 477
African Americans and the Fight for Independence nonscored 478
Lesson Quiz: People in the Revolution quiz
Major Battles: Examine the following major battles of the American Revolution from the standpoint of location, key people, and outcomes: Trenton, Saratoga. American Revolutionary War Battles through 1777 nonscored 487
The Revolutionary War: 1776 - 1777 nonscored 491
Lesson Quiz: Major Battles quiz
Major Battles: Examine the following major battles of the American Revolution from the standpoint of location, key people, and outcomes: Ticonderoga (1777), Savannah, King's Mountain. The American Revolution 1778 - 81 nonscored 504
American Revolution-Fighting in the South nonscored 505
Lesson Quiz: Major Battles quiz
Valley Forge: Describe the conditions at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777. Evaluate the significance of Valley Forge. Valley Forge nonscored 532
Winter at Valley Forge nonscored 539
Lesson Quiz: Valley Forge quiz
American Allies: Examine the United States' relationships with the following European countries, and explain how they contributed to the American cause: France, Poland, Germany. Help from Abroad nonscored 540
Europe Helps America Win Independence nonscored 536
Lesson Quiz: American Allies quiz
Frontier Battles: Examine the following battles on the frontier during the American Revolution from the standpoint of location, key people, and outcomes: Kaskaskia, Cahokia, Vincennes. Fighting on the Frontier nonscored 568
War on the Frontier nonscored 570
Lesson Quiz: Frontier Battles quiz
Sea Battles: Examine the following battles on the frontier during the American Revolution from the standpoint of location, key people, and outcomes: Kaskaskia, Cahokia, Vincennes. Success at Sea nonscored 594
War at Sea nonscored 586
Lesson Quiz: Sea Battles quiz
Benedict Arnold: Identify Benedict Arnold's varied roles in the American Revolution. An American Hero Turned Traitor nonscored 615
Benedict Arnold nonscored 609
Lesson Quiz: Benedict Arnold quiz
Yorktown: Describe the American victory at Yorktown and the end of the American Revolution. American Victory at Yorktown nonscored 630
The World Turned Upside Down! nonscored 628
Lesson Quiz: Yorktown quiz
Timeline: Construct a time line of the Revolutionary War Era. A Timeline of the Revolutionary War nonscored
: Chapter Test: U.S. Revolutionary Period


quiz Test
Chapter 4: "Geography"
Lesson Activity Name
Type
LA# Worksheet
Tools: Use geographic tools such as maps, globes, and atlases to gather and interpret data about the world. Maps, Globes, and Atlases nonscored 475
Finding Your Place in the World nonscored 456
Lesson Quiz: Tools quiz
Skills: Locate and identify on a world map or globe the continents, oceans, hemispheres, equator, prime meridian, and International Date Line. Locating Continents, Oceans, and Hemispheres nonscored 461
Finding Continents, Oceans, and Dividers nonscored 484
Lesson Quiz: Skills quiz
Maps: Investigate and use a variety of maps, such as political, physical, relief, population, and climate. Reading Maps for Information nonscored 490
Reading a Variety of Maps nonscored 465 alertanswerkey
Lesson Quiz: Maps quiz
Longitude & Latitude: Use longitude and latitude to locate specific places on a map or globe. Grid System for the World nonscored 472
Latitude and Longitude nonscored 458
Lesson Quiz: Longitude & Latitude quiz
Delta, Strait, Channel: Demonstrate ability to use the following geographical terminology: delta, strait, channel. Locate examples of each on a map. Identifying Land and Water Formations nonscored 464
Channel, Strait, and Delta nonscored 533
Lesson Quiz: Delta, Strait, Channel quiz
Plateau, Prairie, Mesa: Demonstrate ability to use the following geographical terminology: plateau, prairie, mesa. Locate examples of each on a map. Prairie, Plateau, and Mesa nonscored 513
Lesson Quiz: Plateau, Prairie, Mesa quiz
Isthmus, Peninsula, Fjord: Demonstrate ability to use the following geographical terminology: isthmus, peninsula, fjord. Locate examples of each on a map. Peninsula, Isthmus, and Fjord nonscored 526
Lesson Quiz: Isthmus, Peninsula, Fjord quiz
Mountain Ranges: Locate on a map the following major mountain ranges of the world: Andes, Rockies, Himalayas, Atlas, Alps. Locating Major Mountain Ranges and Rivers nonscored 469
Mountain Ranges of the World nonscored 554
Lesson Quiz: Mountain Ranges quiz
Rivers: Locate on a map the following major rivers of the world: Amazon, Mississippi, Yellow, Yangtze, Ganges, Nile, Danube, Rhine, Volga. Major Rivers of the World nonscored 562
Lesson Quiz: Rivers quiz
: Chapter Test: Geography


quiz Test
Chapter 5: "United States Civics"
Lesson Activity Name
Type
LA# Worksheet
Articles of Confederation: Describe the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation. A New Kind of Government nonscored 512
The Articles of Confederation nonscored 323
Lesson Quiz: Articles of Confederation quiz
Constitutional Convention: Explain the purpose of the Constitutional Convention. Summer in Philadelphia, 1787 nonscored 331
The Grand Convention nonscored 522
Lesson Quiz: Constitutional Convention quiz
People of the Convention: Investigate the following groups and people of the Constitutional Convention: ''Founding Fathers,'' James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington. Delegates of the Constitutional Convention nonscored 531
You Are There-At the Constitutional Convention nonscored 349
Lesson Quiz: People of the Convention quiz
Topics of the Convention: Investigate the following topics of the Constitutional Convention: arguments between large and small states, the Great Compromise. The Great Compromise nonscored 360
Compromise nonscored 544
Lesson Quiz: Topics of the Convention quiz
Issue of Slavery: Investigate the following key topic of the Constitutional Convention: the issue of slavery. The Issue of Slavery nonscored 551
More Compromises--The Issue of Slavery nonscored 367
Lesson Quiz: Issue of Slavery quiz
Constitution: Summarize the following features of the United States Constitution: federal system of government, separation of powers, three branches of government. Our Federal Government nonscored 370
The U.S. Federal Government nonscored 560
Lesson Quiz: Constitution quiz
Constitution: Summarize the following features of the United States Constitution: checks and balances, veto power, ability to amend. Safeguards nonscored 564
Safeguards of the Federal System nonscored 378
Lesson Quiz: Constitution quiz
United States Government: Demonstrate understanding that the United States government is based on a constitution and that the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land. We the People nonscored 388
The Signed Constitution nonscored 569
Lesson Quiz: United States Government quiz
Bill of Rights: Examine the Bill of Rights, and explain its importance and relevance in today's society. The Bill of Rights nonscored 579
The Bill of Rights: Is It for Me? nonscored 415
Lesson Quiz: Bill of Rights quiz
Three Branches: Discuss the functions of the three branches of the United States government. The U.S. Government—How Does It Work? nonscored 417
Government Branches nonscored 583
Lesson Quiz: Three Branches quiz
George Washington: Analyze the contributions of George Washington as the nation's first president. Discuss the phrases: ''the father of our Country'' and ''first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen''. The First President nonscored 593
Father of a Nation nonscored 432 alertanswerkey
Lesson Quiz: George Washington quiz
Need for Laws: Examine the need for laws and the role of citizenship in promoting them. Evaluate the interaction between rights and responsibilities. What Do You Stand For? — A Citizenship Handbook nonscored 442
Citizenship and the Law nonscored 588
Lesson Quiz: Need for Laws quiz
: Chapter Test: United States Civics


quiz Test
Chapter 6: "Economics"
Lesson Activity Name
Type
LA# Worksheet
Wants & Needs: Differentiate between personal wants and needs. Needs, Wants, Producers, and Consumers nonscored 596
The Products You Buy nonscored 366
Lesson Quiz: Wants & Needs quiz
Government Revenue: Identify sources of revenue for local, state, and federal governments. What Are Taxes, and Why Do We Have Them? nonscored 373
Taxes and Revenue nonscored 600
Lesson Quiz: Government Revenue quiz
Role of Money: Explain the role of money in everyday life. Money! nonscored 622
The History of Money and Its Use Today nonscored 400
Lesson Quiz: Role of Money quiz
Role of Economics: Review the role of economics in today's society. Cashing in Your Money Knowledge nonscored 413
Lesson Quiz: Role of Economics quiz
: Chapter Test: Economics


quiz Test
Chapter 7: "Current Events"
Lesson Activity Name
Type
LA# Worksheet
Gathering Information: Use public documents to gather information regarding current issues and events. Information Station nonscored 627
Current Events nonscored 768
Lesson Quiz: Gathering Information quiz
Impact of Current Events: Examine possible impact of a current issue or event on present-day life. Right in Your Own Backyard nonscored 625 alertanswerkey
Lesson Quiz: Impact of Current Events quiz
Impact on Future: Predict possible impact of a current issue or event on future life. The Future is Now nonscored 626
Lesson Quiz: Impact on Future quiz
Impact on Personal Life: Relate a current issue or event to personal life. Everybody Talks about It nonscored 684
Lesson Quiz: Impact on Personal Life quiz
: Chapter Test: Current Events


Chapter 8: "Prehistoric Art"
Lesson Activity Name
Type
LA# Worksheet
Prehistoric Cave Art: Examine and describe the basic styles of art from the following category: prehistoric cave art. Painters of the Caves nonscored 40891
Paleolithic Art nonscored 40893

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