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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.
Fourth Grade B
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Fourth Grade A
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