Social Studies in Fourth Grade
Through the lens of power, students examine the concepts of societies through units on immigration and the development of the US nation-state. Through hands-on learning experiences and inclusive perspectives, students explore the complexities and past and present connections of the ever-evolving United States while discovering our individual identities within it.
Students will practice the following skills:
Geography, Sequencing, and Map Skills
- Explore how maps convey science and social science data, and develop skills to recognize when maps distort data or are politically charged.
- Discuss maps as a product of particular societies that reflect those societies’ beliefs and values, which change over time.
- Compare past and present events, and interpret the causes and effects of events through multiple perspectives.
- Utilize timelines, graphs, charts, and maps to interpret historical data.
- Trace migration journeys to and within the United States from early to present day push/pull factors that define patterns and change over time.
- Synthesize, evaluate, and present quality research by applying information/media literacy skills to navigate print and electronic resources.
- Create research bibliographies.
- Identify, analyze, and integrate primary and secondary sources to prove a concept.
Historical Context and Cultural Competency
- Articulate push/pull factors that lead to migrations from past to present through multiple perspectives that distinguish between voluntary and involuntary migration.
- Identify how myriad of cultures influence our identities through an inclusive and multicultural lens that integrates underrepresented voices and experiences.
- Analyze historical and current events for ethical dilemmas through multiple perspectives, including examinations of political cartoons for messaging, symbolism, labeling, exaggeration, and analogies.
- Understand and apply social identifiers when interpreting scenarios of discrimination: race, gender, class, ability, sex, religion, age.
- Examine political, religious, social, and economic systems that evolved over our nation’s histories and how these systems impact communities differently.
- Identify, interpret and question societal expectations and the context that shapes how expectations, beliefs, and values change over time.
- Identify patterns of cooperation and conflict in a pluralistic society, and how these patterns look differently across communities.
- Construct critical questions about historical through current events by investigating a variety of sources and perspectives.