Social Studies: Grade 4 District Core MapNorth American Geography
In grade 4, students study the geography and people of the United States today. Students learn geography by addressing standards that emphasize political and physical geography and embed five major concepts: location, place, human interaction with the environment, movement, and regions. In addition, they learn about the geography and people of contemporary Mexico and Canada.
Content and Skills
Learning Standards
Performance Assessments
Immigration (3 weeks)
CS4.4
CS4.5
LS4.16
Your task is to research an immigrant of interest who came to Massachusetts. You can decide if “your immigrant” will be based on their own family or an immigrant that your are interested in researching, i.e., “I think I would like to do research on Vietnam because “Johnny’s” interview/story was so interesting.” You will research, using a variety of reliable sources, to write an informational piece.
Washington DC (1 week)
CS4.3
LS4.13
Your task is to create a postcard to a relative to convince them to visit your monument in Washington, D.C. Your illustrations and writings on the postcard should show an understanding of the monument and why your relatives should visit. Design a postcard that outlines the name of the monument, the purpose, and its historical significance to the nation. Include a picture or drawing of the monument.
Overview of the United States (1 weeks)
CS4.1
CS4.2
CS4.6
LS4.9
LS4.12
On a blank map, place the major mountain ranges, physical features, and rivers of the United States. Using the map, describe the physical geography of the United States.
Regions Part One (3 weeks)
CS4.3
CS4.6
CS4.7
LS4.10
LS4.11
LS4.12
LS4.14
LS4.9
You have just opened a new hotel and need guests! You need to create an advertisement to convince travelers to travel to the region where your hotel is located. You will create a print advertisement or a commercial to pitch the region in an organized way and including enough information to persuade people to visit your region (connection to 4.W.1) . You will need to include what region you’re talking about, location on a map (connection to 4.9) and characteristics of that region (climate, major physical features, natural resources)(connection to 4.11). To be done at end of entire region unit.
Regions (Part Two) (3 weeks)
CS4.3
CS4.6
CS4.7
LS4.9
LS4.10
LS4.11
LS4.12
LS4.14
You work for the Office of Economic Development for your region. The purpose of your office is to persuade business to move to the region. When they relocate to your region, the businesses bring more jobs for your citizens and more tax dollars to support the local and state economy.

You need to create a presentation that would convince the president or owner of a business to relocate their company to your region.

You will create a presentation to pitch the region in an organized way that includes enough information to persuade the business people to relocate to the region. You will need to include what region you’re talking about, location on a map and characteristics of that region (climate, major physical features, natural resources.)

Your presentation should include a 20 minute presentation and materials to display and distribute to the panelists.

State Report

CS4.3
CS4.6
CS4.7
LS4.9
LS4.10
LS4.11
LS4.12
LS4.14
Your task is to create an informational text and display for an assigned state. Your report should include information similar to those discussed in your classes' study of the regions. Include information on the location of your state, the climate, physical features, and natural resources.
Canada (3 weeks)
CS4.1
CS4.2
LS4.17
LS4.18
LS4.19
LS4.20
LS4.21
LS4.22
Canada and the United States share more than just a border. Canada and the United States are allies and important trading partners. This project allows students to further explore what it means to be a Canadian, recognizing that as neighbors it is important that we know about each other.
While students may not have enough experience to be aware of this yet, Canadians tend to know much more about Americans than Americans know about them. This project allows students to try to rectify this imbalance. Students can can take this one step further and create a Canada Awareness campaign in their school or Canada trivia game to try to stump friends and family.

Your task is to create a picture book, ABC book, or number book that would provide information about Canada to younger students. You will be sharing your book with kindergarten students.
Mexico (3 weeks)
CS4.1
CS4.2
LS4.23
LS4.24
LS4.25
LS4.26
Your team has been assigned by your editor to write a series of articles on Mexico for the newspaper. The articles will be in included in the major sections of the newspaper over the next couple of weeks. The editor has assigned your team to write articles for the travel, people, economy, sports, and government sections of the newspaper.