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Month
Topic/Theme
Skills
Activities
Assessment
September
*Maps, Continents, Oceans
*Overview of US Regions
*Geography
*Globe/maps
*map/globe skills
*Review continents/oceans
*Reading Strategies
*Critical Thinking Skills
*Study/test prep
*Skills lesoons
*Variuos map work
*TFK
*Celebrate Constitution Day
*test
*Create Maps
*Vocab/chapter assessments
October
*landforms
*Chapter1 -3 pages 138-187
  • teaching different Landforms
*Unit 2 lessons 1 and 4
*vocab development
  • lessons from book
*Games
*Activity Book
*Technology
*SmartBaord
*"hands on "project
*Writing Summaries
*Chapter assessments
November
*Northeast Region
*Study of CT
*Unti 3 Southeast
*Learning states, capitals, and locations
*Resources, products, and landforms
*note taking/main idea (CT)
*Research Strategies
*Computer research
*Lessons from Textbook
*Projects/Murals
*Liteature
*Celebration of Veteran's Day
*Test
*State Projects
*Complete Graphic Organizers
*Group Projects
*Chpater Assessments
December
*Northeast region
*Studyof CT
*Unit 3 Southeast
*Famous People
*Map Work
*Non fiction/Expository Skills
*Presentation Skills
*Complete detailed map of CT
*Class discussions
*tests
*Lewis and Clark
January
*Southeast Region
*Chapter 6
*Unit 4 Midwest
Famous People
*Farming on the Coastal Plain
*A Growing Season
*Life ALong the Coast
*same for all 5 regions however different materials and projects
*teacher observations
*class discussions
*Special projects done independently
February
*Southeast Region
*Chapter 7
*Midwest region
*Highlands and Mountains
*Growth of Piedmont Cities
*Appalachia
*Balck History Month
*Sharing appropriate materials
*chapter assessments
March
*Midwest Region
*State Projects
*Unit 5 Southwest
*Interior Plains
*Waterways
*Economy
*People
*Tourist Attractions
*Physical Features
*Projects
*Southwest Art
*Southwest Artist Presentation
*chapter Assessments
April
*West Region
same as above
  • Statte Projects
*chapter assessments
May/June
*West/ Pacific NW Regions
same as above
*4th Grade Share
*songs
*dancing
*50 States and capitals
*State Projects
*Chapter Assessment




Overview of Grade 4 goals:
Geography:
  • students will:
describe the major land forms of each region
compare/contrast weather and climate
identify, locate, and spell correctly the 50 states and capitals
Economic:
  • Students will:
classify the key features of US econmoy
define what a natural, manufactured, renewable, and non renewable resource are
determine how these resources affect each region's economy




How do the following "essential questions" about geography from both McTighe and the NCSS relate to the above listed possible student goals for 4th grade?

McTighe

Geography
§ Why is "where" important?
§ Why is/was __ located there? (e.g., capitol, factory, battle, etc.)
§ What makes places unique and different?
§ How does geography, climate and natural resources affect the way people live and work?
§ How does where I live influence how I live?
§ Why do people move?
§ What do we mean by ‘region’?
§ What story do maps and globes tell?
§ How and why do maps and globes change?
§ How do maps and globes reflect history, politics, and economics?

NCSS

PEOPLE, PLACES, ENVIRONMENT
§ Where are things located?
§ Why are they located where they are?
§ What patterns are reflected in the groupings of things?
§ What do we mean by region?
§ How do landforms change?
§ What implications do these changes have for people?



How do we use essential questions when planning curriculum?