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4th Grade Social Studies Curriculum

4th Grade Social Studies Curriculum
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In many public schools in the United States, 4th grade social studies focuses heavily on the history and government of a student’s home state. Even homeschoolers may want to use this year to find out more about the state you live in and experience homeschool field trips to important state landmarks and natural areas.

A more general approach to fourth grade social studies, though, might include the meaning of American citizenship, geographical vocabulary, how state and local governments collect revenue, the history of the American Revolution, and even ancient civilizations.

This page will guide parents on what topics they may want to include in their 4th grade social studies curriculum  as well as the goals that they are aiming for. You will also gain an understanding of how Time4Learning’s social studies curriculum is a powerful partner in your homeschool plan for fourth grade.

What Do You Teach In 4th Grade Social Studies?

Your fourth grader will continue to build a foundation of geography, economics, civics and history knowledge this year. In addition to focusing in on the history of your home state, your curriculum may cover:

  • Prehistoric and Ancient Civilizations
  • U.S. Revolution
  • Geography Tools and Vocabulary
  • U.S. Civics
  • Economics
  • Current Events

Learn more about Time4Learning’s third grade social studies curriculum by checking out the 4th grade social studies scope and sequence and the 4th grade social studies lesson plans.

Social Studies Objectives for Fourth Grade

By the time they reach fourth grade, students are usually strong readers who have developed the skills for seeing patterns in history and current events. This growth prepares them for reading longer and more in-depth historical narratives and for recognizing how ancient, past, and current events are often tied together.

A standards-based program will target goals like:

  • Becoming an active citizen
  • Thinking critically
  • Use of technology to research and report
  • Map reading
  • Use of Timelines
  • Interpretation of Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Don’t forget to look for opportunities to enhance your fourth grader’s social studies skills by incorporating unit studies to help you supplement your lessons. As well, making sure to include field trips into your schedule will boost your child’s learning not only in social studies but across other subjects as well.

Why Choose Time4Learning’s 4th Grade Social Studies Curriculum?

In 4th grade, it is important that your students don’t lose motivation and love of learning in any subject. Oftentimes, this is a difficult task with social studies, as it may be perceived as boring by many kids.

Time4Learning presents lessons in a fun way that lets students progress at their own pace so they don’t become frustrated with concepts that may take them longer to understand.

The popularity of Time4Learning among homeschool families stems in large part from its flexibility. Parents are able to pick and choose the lessons, topics, and activities that help them achieve their overall goals.

Below are just some of the features and benefits of the Time4Learning 4th grade social studies curriculum.

As a Full Curriculum

  • 4th grade social studies curriculum includes over 200 activities to help your students achieve their learning objectives.
  • Quizzes and chapter tests gauge student mastery throughout lessons.
  • Material covers tons of topics including geograph and map skills, slavery, separation of powers and the three branches of government.
  • Access to detailed lesson plans provides information on every social studies lesson.
  • Self-paced curriculum allows students to take their time and progress at their own pace.
  • Flexible curriculum can be used with other social studies programs.
As a Supplement

  • Access to material for the grade above and below allows students to review 3rd grade social studies concepts or get a head start for 5th.
  • Lesson plans help families locate specific topics and concepts.
  • 24/7 access means students can log in and practice after school or on weekends.
  • Students can work on the social studies lessons they need help with and skip those they have mastered.
  • Students can repeat lessons until they fully understand concepts and even retake tests and quizzes.
  • Low monthly fee is more affordable than expensive tutors and eliminates the need to drive to a learning center.

Additional 4th Grade Homeschool Resources

PreK - 8th

  • Monthly, first student
  • ($14.95 monthly for each additional student)

9th - 12th

  • Monthly, per student
  • (Includes 4 courses per student)

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