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GRADE FOUR SOCIAL STUDIES – C3

 The aim of Social Studies is the promotion of civic competence – the knowledge, intellectual processes, and democratic dispositions required of students to be active and engaged participants in public life.  Civic ideals and practices enable students to learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizens of a democracy, and to appreciate the importance of active citizenship.

District 103, in partnership with neighboring districts, has begun the revision of the Social Studies curriculum which currently reflects the Illinois Social Studies Standards. The revision process is being guided by the newly issued College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework, and is supported by the Illinois State Board of Education. To view the entire document that explains the C3 Framework, please visit the following link: http://www.socialstudies.org/c3

Southeast Region

Students explore the Southeast region and learn how its geographic features, resources, climates and cultures play an important role in the way people live there. They identify the location of each state and its important cities. Some factors that have influenced the way people live in the Southeast are geography (climate, proximity to bodies of water, hurricanes), social change (slavery, segregation, Civil Rights) and musical traditions. They identify an aspect of this region that makes it important to the Nation and support their decision with facts. Finally they categorize key elements of the economy, geography, government, history and people and then compare these elements with the Northeast Region.

Illinois

As a culmination of our regional studies, the students take a close look at our home state of Illinois.  As geographers, they identify and explain how the major geographic features of Illinois impacted the settlement, growth and development of Illinois.  As historians, they learn about major Illinois historical events. As economists, they identify the primary economic activities of Illinois, and how our economy is related to our state’s geography and natural resources. 

Midwest Region

Students explore the Midwest region and learn how its geographic features, resources, climates and cultures play an important role in the way people live there. They identify the location of each state and its important cities. Some factors that have influenced the way people in the Midwest live are transportation, industry and farming.  Using charts and photographs, they analyze how farming has changed over time. They identify an aspect of this region that makes it important to the Nation and support their decision with facts. Finally they categorize key elements of the economy, geography, government, history and people and then compare these elements with the Northeast and Southeast regions.

 Social Science and Our World (Intro)  

In this introductory unit, students learn why the study of the social sciences is important to understanding human behavior and their world.  They create simple definitions of the different social scientists (economist, geographer, political scientist and historian). They also use their developing map skills to examine their world from a geographical perspective.

 Southwest Region 

Students explore the Southwest region and learn how its geographic features, resources, climates and cultures play an important role in the way people live there. They explain how its cultural diversity contributes to our nation.   They identify the location of each state and its important places and cities. Some factors that have influenced the way people in the Southwest live are the climate, availability of water and its major industries (oil, natural gas, ranching, tourism.)  To understand the impact of limited resources on people, they conduct an in-depth study on water usage and the Colorado River over time.  They identify an aspect of this region that makes it important to the Nation and support their decision with facts. Finally they categorize key elements of the economy, geography, government, history and people of the Southwest.  They then compare these elements of the Southwest to those of the Northeast, Southeast and Midwest.

United States Regions

Students apply basic map skills as they are introduced to the regions of the United States including interpreting special purpose maps.  From these maps and other resources, they identify details of the settlement, growth and development of our states and regions and major immigrant groups that have shaped our nation.  They compare cultural data about their classroom to state and national data.

West Region           

Students explore the West region and learn how its geographic features, resources, climates and cultures play an important role in the way people live there. They explain how its cultural diversity contributes to our nation.  They identify the location of each state and its important places and cities. Historical events that have shaped the West include Westward Movement, the gold rush and immigration.   Students identify factors that have influenced people moving to the West  (adventure, opportunity, varying climates, beautiful places to explore and abundant natural resources) and design projects to persuade people of the benefits of visiting or moving to a city in the West. Finally they categorize key elements of the economy, geography, government, history and people of the Northeast.  They then compare these elements of the West to those of the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West regions.

Northeast Region

Students explore the Northeast region and learn how its geographic features, resources, climates and cultures play an important role in the way people live there. They explain how its cultural diversity contributes to our nation.   They identify the location of each state and its important cities.  They identify an aspect of this region that makes it important to the nation and support their decision with facts. In a comparison of the population density of the Northeast with other regions, they evaluate the impact population density has on the lives of people in the Northeast.  Finally they categorize key elements of the economy, geography, government, history and people of the Northeast.  This comparison will be used to compare regions as they progress through the year.

The above units were selected and created by District 103 teaching staff.

 


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