4th Grade Social Studies Syllabus

Class Name: 4th Grade Social Studies
Teacher: Cindy Geer
Email: cgeer@usd223.org
Phone: 1-785-348-5531

Class Description: We use the Scott Foresman Textbook, 2008 edition. We also use educational internet websites and resource books from the library as supplemental resources. This class is designed to allow students to explore the: history, economics, technology, geography, culture, citizenship, and government of various regions throughout the United States.

Learning Goal: This class is designed to meet the Kansas social studies standards for fourth grade.

Learning Outcomes: The student will demonstrate mastery of social standards using both formal and informal assessments, along with teacher observation.

Instructional Units:

Unit 1

• Chapter 1: The Regions of the United States
o Each region of the United States has a variety of landforms and boundaries. Many factors influence climate which varies from region to region. Each region has special resources.
• Chapter 2:We All Live Together
o People from other lands made their way to this country. Americans have a strong voice in their government. Everyone who lives in the USA has certain basic rights.
• Chapter 3: Earning and Learning
o What makes up our riches? People use different methods of trade. The USA does business with countries all over the world.
 

Unit 2

• Chapter 4: Land and Water in the Northeast
o Niagara Falls is a place of beauty and power. The Northeast produces many products. Crabs and shellfish help support the economy of the Northeast region.
• Chapter 5: People of the Northeast
o The Narragansett meet the European settlers. Many Europeans come to America to seek opportunities. Women join together to win the right to vote. Pittsburgh becomes a center of industry in the Northeast region.
 

Unit 3

• Chapter 6: The Land of the Southeast
o Plains line the coasts, while the Appalachian Mountains rise inland. Mild climates bring visitors to the Southeast. Plants of the SE provide homes for animals and food for people.
• Chapter 7: People and Events that Shaped the Southeast
o The Cherokee way of life changes after Europeans arrive. The Spanish build the first permanent European settlement. Events starting at Fort Sumter change the whole SE. Cities in the SE grow quickly.

Unit 4

• Chapter 8: Water and Land of the Midwest
o The Great Lakes and other waterways comment the Midwest to the world. The Badlands look back in history to the days of dinosaurs. The Midwest is one of the best agricultural regions in the world.
• Chapter 9: People of the Midwest.
o The Ojibwa settle near the Great Lakes. The French trade with Native Americans. Settlers rush to claim land. The Gateway Arch celebrates the western growth of the United States.
 

Unit 5

• Chapter 10: Land and Resources of the Southwest
o The Grand Canyon is a landform of great beauty and history. The saguaro cactus is adapted to desert life. The SW has rich resources and cutting edge technology.
• Chapter 11: The People of the Southwest
o The Navajo have lived in the SW for hundreds of years. The Spanish established cities and missions in the SW. Cattle ranches became legendary in the SW. Cities in the desert are growing quickly.
 

Unit 6

• Chapter 12: The Land of the West
o The Rocky Mountains are known for their beauty. The Great Basin covers many western states. Many fruits and vegetables come form the west.
• Chapter 13: Living in the West
o The Tlingit are part of the rich cultural history of the West. The Gold Rush brought many new settlers to the West. The film and computer industries are important to the West.

** Due to the nature of the class and the individual level of student mastery involved, it is important to understand that there is a possibility of changes that may occur throughout the school year.

Grading Scale:

100% - 91% A
90% - 82% B
81% - 73% C
72% - 64% D
63% and Below F

Make-Up Work:

If an absence is excused the student will be allowed to complete the assignment without penalty in a reasonable amount of time based upon teacher discrepancy. If an absence is unexcused the student is still responsible for completing the assignment, but will be given a zero.

Homework Procedure:

Homework is given after each lesson and quizzes are also given after each lesson. There are chapter tests that are given, with usually a one week notice of when the test will be given. There are study guides given to help prepare for the test, unless the test is open book. If an assignment is turned in late, the student is docked 20 percentage points after the assignment is graded and scored. Example: A late assignment is turned in and graded, if the student receives a 90% on the assignment, I will dock 20 percentage points and the final grade for that assignment will be a 70%.