Buy Now

Fourth Grade Social Studies Homeschool Curriculum

Fourth Grade Social Studies Homeschool Curriculum
View Our Lesson Demos!

In many public schools in the United States, 4th grade social studies focuses heavily on the history and government of a student’s home state. Even homeschoolers may want to use this year to find out more about the state you live in and experience homeschool field trips to important state landmarks and natural areas.

A more general approach to fourth grade social studies, though, might include the meaning of American citizenship, geographical vocabulary, how state and local governments collect revenue, the history of the American Revolution, and even ancient civilizations.

What Do Fourth Graders Learn in Social Studies?

Your fourth grader will continue to build a foundation of geography, economics, civics and history knowledge this year. In addition to focusing in on the history of your home state, your curriculum may cover:

  • Prehistoric and Ancient Civilizations
  • U.S. Revolution
  • Geography Tools and Vocabulary
  • U.S. Civics
  • Economics
  • Current Events

Learn more about Time4Learning’s third grade social studies scope and sequence below.

Fourth Grade Social Studies Objectives

By the time they reach fourth grade, students are usually strong readers who have developed the skills for seeing patterns in history and current events. This growth prepares them for reading longer and more in-depth historical narratives and for recognizing how ancient, past, and current events are often tied together.

A standards-based program will target goals like:

  • Becoming an active citizen
  • Thinking critically
  • Use of technology to research and report
  • Map reading
  • Use of Timelines
  • Interpretation of Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Don’t forget to look for opportunities to enhance your fourth grader’s social studies skills by incorporating unit studies to help you supplement your lessons. As well, making sure to include field trips into your schedule will boost your child’s learning not only in social studies but across other subjects as well.

Time4Learning’s Fourth Grade Social Studies Lessons

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.

Scope & Sequence Copyright © 2022 Edgenuity, Inc. All rights reserved.

Why Choose Time4Learning’s 4th Grade Social Studies Curriculum?

In fourth grade, it is important that your students don’t lose motivation and love of learning in any subject. Time4Learning presents lessons in a fun way that lets students progress at their own pace so they don’t become frustrated with concepts that may take them longer to understand.

The popularity of Time4Learning among homeschool families stems in large part from its flexibility. Parents are able to pick and choose the lessons, topics, and activities that help them achieve their overall goals.
Learn more about our online fourth grade curriculum, designed to help your child learn and master their fundamental concepts.

PreK - 8th

$24.95
  • Monthly, first student
  • ($14.95/mo for each additional PreK-8th student)

9th - 12th

$34.95
  • Monthly, per student
  • ($14.95/mo for each additional PreK-8th student)

Now Is the Time to Get Started!

Start • Stop • Pause Anytime

Sign Up

TOP