Standard 1: The World in Spatial Terms

General Information
Number: SS.4.G.1
Title: The World in Spatial Terms
Type: Standard
Subject: Social Studies
Grade: 4
Strand: Geography

Related Benchmarks

This cluster includes the following benchmarks.

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This cluster includes the following access points.

Access Points

Recognize selected physical features of Florida.
Identify cultural features on a Florida map.
Recognize an effect of weather in Florida.
Identify information provided on maps using the title, compass rose, cardinal and intermediate directions, symbols, and key/legend.

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Lesson Plans

Order in the School Zone:

Students will learn about school zones, calculate enrollment for a school that is “overcrowded”, and discuss ideas for rezoning to balance enrollments by looking at vacancies in other schools in this integrated lesson plan.

Type: Lesson Plan

Fertilizers in Florida:

Growing Green, Inc. is planning to expand their business into Florida. The client has specific criteria for selecting a good location to set up their new fertilizer manufacturing plant. This project will familiarize students with some of Florida's natural resources (with a great emphasis on phosphate) and will present students with opportunities to interpret different types of maps.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Type: Lesson Plan

Florida Hurricanes:

The governor of Florida needs your students' help in distributing funds among Florida cities. Students will be asked to share a sum of money for hurricane preparedness systems among Florida cities. Students will be given a data set to help them develop a procedure for doing so. In their teams, they will write a letter to the governor of Florida giving their procedures and explanation of the strategy they used. Rubrics are included to help grade students on their writing.

Type: Lesson Plan

Keep it Cool –an Engineering Design Challenge:

This Engineering Design Challenge is intended to help fourth grade students apply the concepts of the flow of heat from a hot object to a cold object and that heat flow may cause objects to change temperature. It is not intended as an initial introduction to this benchmark.

Type: Lesson Plan

Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast

KROS Pacific Ocean Kayak Journey: Kites, Rowing, Wind, and Navigation:

What’s your vector, Victor? Understanding math and wind helps get you where you want to go.

Related Resources:
KROS Pacific Ocean Kayak Journey: GPS Data Set[.XLSX]
KROS Pacific Ocean Kayak Journey: Path Visualization for Google Earth[.KML]

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Type: Perspectives Video: Professional/Enthusiast


Portraits in Patriotism - Ivonne Blank: Elementary School:

Ivonne Blank immigrated to the United States in 1961 as part of Operation Pedro Pan, the largest exodus on unaccompanied minors in the Western Hemisphere. Ms. Blank talks about how difficult it was waiting for her parents and living in an orphanage in Denver, CO. Her parents later left the island by boat, were rescued by the Coast Guard, and resettled in the United States. After the family was reunited, they were able to rebuild their lives with support from their community. Ms. Blank went on to become a lifelong educator and U.S. citizen.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

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