Social studies in the 4th grade encourages students to deepen their reading, writing, and analytical skills, as well as expand knowledge and appreciation of their own local and American history. Students compare different perspectives using both primary and secondary texts. They then write both informative pieces and essays. Fourth graders also use technology to research both past and current events. In all of their work, 4th graders are taught to analyze the reasons why things occur and form strong supported opinions and ideas, which encourages them to think more deeply about the world. Since most social studies curricula are specific to a location, consult your child’s teacher or your state’s social studies standards to find out which specific communities and aspects of the community will be covered. While many curricula differ according to state, many 4th grade classes study the founding and early years of American society and government.
- Studies and uses maps to gain a deeper understanding of geography and how geography affects a community.
- Writes essays that state an opinion; includes supporting facts for that opinion.
- Reads primary and secondary sources about different events, people, and topics.
- Understands different concepts, such as cause and effect, in order to explain and learn why things happen or happened.
- Compares different events and retellings of the same event.
- Discusses American holidays and important days and events as they approach.