4th Grade Social Studies Lesson Plans

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The lesson plans below provide a detailed list of the fourth grade social studies curriculum, with brief activity descriptions and learning activity (LA) numbers. Additional resources related to fourth grade social studies are also provided, below.

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Math Lesson Plan – 4th Grade Curriculum

Total Activities: 204

Investigate the following features of the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia: natural environment of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, Babylonia, Babylon, Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
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.
Investigate the following features of the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia: the Code of Hammurabi and the contribution of laws to a developing civilization.
Investigate the following features of the ancient civilization of Egypt: natural environments of the Nile River Valley and the Sahara Desert.
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.
Investigate the following features of the ancient civilization of Egypt: art, pyramids, mummies, pharaohs, Sphinx.
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.

Chapter Test: Ancient Civilization

Investigate the following features of the Mayan civilization: writing, art, architecture, government.
Investigate the following features of the Mayan civilization: development of a calendar, mathematics, astronomy.
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.
Investigate the following features of the Incan society: natural environment of the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu, Cuzco, road system.
Investigate the following features of the Incan society: art, architecture, government.
Analyze similarities and differences among the three civilizations studied.

Chapter Test: Aztecs, Incas & Mayas

Explain the importance of the roles of the Viking, Spanish, and French in the events leading to the colonization of America.
Describe in general terms the English colonies before 1750.
Identify the basis of conflict that led to the French and Indian War.
Summarize the results of the French and Indian War.
Analyze the following events that contributed to the outbreak of the American Revolution: Pontiac’s Rebellion, Proclamation of 1763.
Explain why the colonists resisted the Stamp Act.
Analyze the following events that contributed to the outbreak of the American Revolution: Townshend Acts, Boston Massacre.
Analyze the following events that contributed to the outbreak of the American Revolution: Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts.
Identify the importance of the First Continental Congress.
Describe the battles of Lexington and Concord.
Investigate the following people and their roles in the events leading to the outbreak of the American Revolution: Crispus Attucks, John Adams, Paul Revere.
Describe the significance of the battle of Bunker Hill.
Explain the role of the Second Continental Congress.
Summarize the purpose of Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense.
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.
Investigate the following people and their roles in the American Revolution: George Washington as commander-in-chief of the new Continental Army, Martha Washington.
Investigate the following people and their roles in the American Revolution: Molly Pitcher [Mary Hays], Deborah Sampson, Mercy Otis Warren, Laura Wolcott, Sybil Ludington.
Investigate the following people and their roles in the American Revolution: Peter Salem, Henri Christophe, Prince Whipple, Oliver Cromwell, Salem Poor, Phillis Wheatley.
Examine the following major battles of the American Revolution from the standpoint of location, key people, and outcomes: Trenton, Saratoga.
Examine the following major battles of the American Revolution from the standpoint of location, key people, and outcomes: Ticonderoga (1777), Savannah, King’s Mountain.
Describe the conditions at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777. Evaluate the significance of Valley Forge.
Examine the United States’ relationships with the following European countries, and explain how they contributed to the American cause: France, Poland, Germany.
Examine the following battles on the frontier during the American Revolution from the standpoint of location, key people, and outcomes: Kaskaskia, Cahokia, Vincennes.
Examine the following battles on the frontier during the American Revolution from the standpoint of location, key people, and outcomes: Kaskaskia, Cahokia, Vincennes.
Identify Benedict Arnold’s varied roles in the American Revolution.
Describe the American victory at Yorktown and the end of the American Revolution.
Construct a time line of the Revolutionary War Era.

Chapter Test: U.S. Revolutionary Period

Use geographic tools such as maps, globes, and atlases to gather and interpret data about the world.
Locate and identify on a world map or globe the continents, oceans, hemispheres, equator, prime meridian, and International Date Line.
Investigate and use a variety of maps, such as political, physical, relief, population, and climate.
Use longitude and latitude to locate specific places on a map or globe.
Demonstrate ability to use the following geographical terminology: delta, strait, channel. Locate examples of each on a map.
Demonstrate ability to use the following geographical terminology: plateau, prairie, mesa. Locate examples of each on a map.
Demonstrate ability to use the following geographical terminology: isthmus, peninsula, fjord. Locate examples of each on a map.
Locate on a map the following major mountain ranges of the world: Andes, Rockies, Himalayas, Atlas, Alps.
Locate on a map the following major rivers of the world: Amazon, Mississippi, Yellow, Yangtze, Ganges, Nile, Danube, Rhine, Volga.

Chapter Test: Geography

Describe the strengths and weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.
Explain the purpose of the Constitutional Convention.
Investigate the following groups and people of the Constitutional Convention: ”Founding Fathers,” James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington.
Investigate the following topics of the Constitutional Convention: arguments between large and small states, the Great Compromise.
Investigate the following key topic of the Constitutional Convention: the issue of slavery.
Summarize the following features of the United States Constitution: federal system of government, separation of powers, three branches of government.
Summarize the following features of the United States Constitution: checks and balances, veto power, ability to amend.
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.
Examine the Bill of Rights, and explain its importance and relevance in today’s society.
Discuss the functions of the three branches of the United States government.
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”.
Examine the need for laws and the role of citizenship in promoting them. Evaluate the interaction between rights and responsibilities.

Chapter Test: United States Civics

Differentiate between personal wants and needs.
Identify sources of revenue for local, state, and federal governments.
Explain the role of money in everyday life.
Review the role of economics in today’s society.
Describe the various landforms and bodies of water that may be found in rural, urban, and suburban communities.

Chapter Test: Economics

Use public documents to gather information regarding current issues and events.
Examine possible impact of a current issue or event on present-day life.
Predict possible impact of a current issue or event on future life.
Relate a current issue or event to personal life.

Chapter Test: Current Events

Examine and describe the basic styles of art from the following category: prehistoric cave art.

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Lesson Activity Finder Tool

activity_finderThe lesson activity finder is one of the many helpful tools that Time4Learning offers its members. The activity finder is a shortcut that makes it easy for parents to preview lessons or find extra practice for their child.

Every lesson in the curriculum has a unique activity number, referred to in the lesson plans as an “LA Number.” These numbers can be found on either the scope and sequence pages or the lesson plans in the parent administration area.

The activity finder can be found in the lower left hand corner of the Student LaunchPad page. To use it, members simply log in to their child’s account, type the Learning Activity (LA) number of a lesson into the Activity Finder and click “Go” to open it.

For additional information, please visit our hints and help section, which gives more details about the activity finder.

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