Fourth Grade Social Studies Units 

Unit 1: Geography – Geospatial Skills (1st Six Weeks—2-3 days per week)

*  I can use a range of maps to locate places in the United States, Canada and Mexico. (4.3.1.1.1)

*  I can create various kinds of maps of places in the United States, Canada and Mexico. (4.3.1.1.1)

*  I can use map features to locate places and answer questions about different kinds of maps. (4.3.1.1.2, 4.3.1.2.2)

*  I can use map data to answer questions about geographic issues in the different regions of the United States, Canada and Mexico. (4.3.1.2.1)

Videos:

Maps of the World: Political and Physical Maps - Part 1

Maps of the World:  Political and Physical Maps - Part 2

Types of Maps

Maps and Cardinal Directions

Dr. Nagler's Laboratory - Longatitude and Latitude

 

Websites:

National Geographic Map Skills for Elementary Students

NEA Teaching with Maps

Different Types of Maps PDF

http://mocomi.com/types-of-maps/

Unit 2: Geography – Places and Regions (2nd Six Weeks—2-3 days per week )

*  I can describe physical and human characteristics of places in the United States, Canada, or Mexico. (4.3.2.3.1)

*  I can name and locate states and territories in the United States. (4.3.2.4.1)

*  I can name and locate major cities and state capitals in the United States. (4.3.2.4.1)

*  I can name and locate countries neighboring the United States. (4.3.2.4.2)

*  I can name and locate the major cities of countries neighboring the United States. (4.3.2.4.2)

Websites:

State Symbols USA

US State Capital Quiz

States and Capitals PDF

Geographic Characteristic PDF

Ducksters - state research

Kidtopia - state research

Fact Monster - state research

United States Census Bureau - state research

 

Videos:

Tour the States

Fifty Nifty United States Song

Fifty States and Capitals

Regions of the US

5 Regions of the US

Regions of the United States

Landforms

Ecosystems the Dr. Binocs Show

Learning About Ecosystems

Weather vs. Climate

Games:

All Fun Games - States and Capitals

ABCYA Penguin Hop - states and capitals

Unit 3: Geography – Human Systems/Human Environment Interaction (3rd Six Weeks—2 days per week)

*  I can use data to analyze and explain population changes in the United States and Canada over the last century. (4.3.3.5.1)

*  I can explain population distribution in the United States and Canada due to geographic factors. (4.3.3.6.1)

*  I can explain how people influence change in their physical environment, and how they are impacted by these changes. (4.3.4.9.1)

*  I can describe how the availability of resources has impacted the development of different regions in the United States and Canada. (4.3.4.10.1)

*  I can examine how geographic factors affect the growth of modern agricultural regions in Minnesota and the United States. (4.3.4.10.2)

Websites:

Census Thematic Maps

Videso:

Unit 4: Citizenship and Government (4th Six Weeks—2-3 days per week)

*  I can describe ways people can influence decisions on a specific issue at local, state, national or tribal level. (4.1.1.1.1)

*  I can describe tribal governments and the services they provide. (4.1.4.6.1)

*  I can explain the differences and similarities between the United States and tribal governmental systems. (4.1.4.6.1)

*  I can explain the roles and responsibilities of elected and appointed leaders in my community, state and nation. (4.1.4.6.2)

 

Unit 5: Geography and History (5th Six Weeks—2-3 days per week)

*  I can explain similarities and differences of a particular region in the United States and Canada or Mexico, using maps from different time periods. (4.4.1.2.1)

*  I can create a timeline of the migration and settlement patterns into Minnesota of the different immigrant groups. (4.4.2.4.1)

*  I can explain how and why different groups of people arrived in Minnesota. (4.4.2.4.1)

Websites:

 

Videos:

Regions of the USA

Flocabulary Regions of the US

Geographic Regions of the United States

Unit 6: Economics (6th Six Weeks—2-3 days per week)

*  I can describe how people use a reasoned decision-making process to make an economic choice. (4.2.1.1.1)

*  I can explain what productivity means and describe ways to increase productivity for specific product or resource. (4.2.3.3.1)

*  I can describe the different ways that people exchange goods and services in markets. (4.2.3.5.1)

*  I can describe the factors that determine prices. (4.2.3.5.1)

Websites:

Videos:

Entrepreneurs and Productive Resources

CDM Decision Making Model

Economic Scarcity and the Function of Choice