The fourth grade social studies curriculum includes both geographical and historical concepts. Indiana and American history are combined to present a snapshot illustrating the story of our past. A kaleidoscope of history, geography, biography, literature, and art are enhanced with opportunities to develop nonfiction writing.
This program involves active learning along with the development of higher-level thinking skills. The student will continue to develop the skills needed to acquire information as well as to process and report information.
Children will be able to:
- grasp a sense of their time and place in the human story
- have an understanding of their location as related to the rest of the world
- recognize the importance of individuals who have contributed and made a difference in history
- perceive past events and issues as experienced by people at the time to develop historical empathy
- be comfortable with skills of research and process writing
- appreciate and understand their place in American history as a citizen or as a recent immigrant.
- Continents and oceans
- Finding location – latitude and longitude
- Reading and deriving information from maps
- History through contemporary Indiana
- Archaeological Conclusions
- Conflict – Native Americans and Europeans
- Land exploration
- Jamestown and Plymouth Colony
- Colonial America – War of Independence
- Pioneer settlement of lands west of the Appalachians