Social Studies Grade 4   (#5021060)

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Course Standards

General Course Information and Notes

General Notes

Fourth Grade: Florida Studies - The fourth grade Social Studies curriculum consists of the following content area strands: American History, Geography, Economics, and Civics. Fourth grade students will learn about Florida history focusing on exploration and colonization, growth, and the 20th Century and beyond. Students will study the important people, places, and events that helped shape Florida history.

Mathematics Benchmark Guidance - Social Studies instruction should include opportunities for students to interpret and create representations of historical events and concepts using mathematical tables, charts, and graphs.

Special Notes:
Additional content that may be contained in the NAEP Grade 4 Civics assessment includes:
  • Definition of government
  • American identity
  • Costs, benefits of unity/diversity
  • Contacting public officials, agencies
  • The concept of nation
  • Interaction among nations in the areas of trade, diplomacy, cultural context, treaties and agreements, and military force
  • Importance of peaceful resolution of international conflicts
  • Healthy functioning of American constitutional democracy
  • Criteria for selecting leaders
The NAEP frameworks for Civics may be accessed at
http://www.nagb.org/publications/frameworks/civicsframework.pdf

Additional content that may be contained in the NAEP Grade 4 Geography assessment includes:
  • spatial units, features, and patterns
  • the earth's environment, its limited capacity, human effect on it
  • relationships between and among places, changes in technology affecting connections among people and places
  • regional patterns of function
  • geographic factors contributing to conflict and cooperation in a variety of settings
The NAEP frameworks for Geography may be accessed at
http://www.nagb.org/content/nagb/assets/documents/publications/frameworks/gframework2010.pdf

Additional content that may be contained in the NAEP Grade 4 United States History assessment includes:
  • Change and Continuity in American Democracy: Ideas, Institutions, Events, Key Figures, and Controversies
  • The Gathering and Interactions of Peoples, Cultures, and Ideas
  • Economic and Technological Changes and Their Relationship to Society, Ideas, and the Environment
  • The Changing Role of America in the World
The NAEP frameworks for United States History may be accessed at
http://www.nagb.org/content/nagb/assets/documents/publications/frameworks/historyframework.pdf

Instructional Practices

Teaching from well-written, grade-level instructional materials enhances students' content area knowledge and also strengthens their ability to comprehend longer, complex reading passages on any topic for any reason. Using the following instructional practices also helps student learning:

1. Reading assignments from longer text passages as well as shorter ones when text is extremely complex.

2. Making close reading and rereading of texts central to lessons.

3. Asking high-level, text-specific questions and requiring high-level, complex tasks and assignments.

4. Requiring students to support answers with evidence from the text.

5. Providing extensive text-based research and writing opportunities (claims and evidence).

English Language Development ELD Standards Special Notes Section:
Teachers are required to provide listening, speaking, reading and writing instruction that allows English language learners (ELL) to communicate information, ideas and concepts for academic success in the content area of Social Studies. For the given level of English language proficiency and with visual, graphic, or interactive support, students will interact with grade level words, expressions, sentences and discourse to process or produce language necessary for academic success. The ELD standard should specify a relevant content area concept or topic of study chosen by curriculum developers and teachers which maximizes an ELL’s need for communication and social skills. To access an ELL supporting document which delineates performance definitions and descriptors, please click on the following link: http://www.cpalms.org/uploads/docs/standards/eld/SS.pdf

For additional information on the development and implementation of the ELD standards, please contact the Bureau of Student Achievement through Language Acquisition at sala@fldoe.org.

General Information

Course Number: 5021060
Course Path:
Abbreviated Title: SOC STUDIES 4
Course Length: Year (Y)
Course Attributes:
  • Class Size Core Required
  • Florida Standards Course
Course Status: Course Approved
Grade Level(s): 4

Educator Certifications

One of these educator certification options is required to teach this course.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this course.

Original Student Tutorials

Wandering through Weather with Text Features:

Learn about the weather and informational text features with Sunny! In this interactive tutorial, you'll explore tables, graphs, diagrams, and timelines. You’ll also be able to explain how information from these text features helps you understand the text.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Integrating Information: Rocking and Writing:

Analyze information in non-fiction passages about rocks. In this interactive tutorial, you’ll integrate information from two texts to write about the subject. It’s going to rock!

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Digging Deeper: Inferences:

Learn the difference between explicit and implicit information, make an inference based on the information you read, and refer to details from the text to explain your thinking. This interactive tutorial will also help you learn about the largest turtle on earth, the Leatherback sea turle.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Cause and Effect in the Deep, Blue Sea:

Help Noah learn how to identify examples of cause and effect in informational text in this ocean-themed, interactive tutorial. You will also learn how to match events and ideas in informational text that have a cause and effect relationship.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Uncovering the Main Idea:

Learn how to identify explicit evidence and understand implicit meaning in a text

Sometimes the main idea likes to hide out in the texts that you read. Lenny Lizard will give you some pointers on how to uncover the main idea and use key details to support your answers.

By the end of this tutorial, you will be able to find the directly and indirectly stated main idea of a text. You will also learn how to identify and explain how key details support the main idea.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Student Center Activity

Edcite: ELA Reading Grade 4-5:

Students can practice answering reading comprehension questions with a text about online learning. With an account, students can save their work and send it to their teacher when complete.

Type: Student Center Activity

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this course.

Teaching Idea

Wildlife Reserve-SeaWorld Classroom Activity:

In this activity, the students will design a protected environment for an endangered animal that encourages the animal's natural behaviors and meets its physical requirements. Students will explain to their classmates why the protected environment is essential for the endangered animal.

Type: Teaching Idea

Aligned Clusters:

MAFS.4.MD.2: Represent and interpret data.