Students continue to connect historical events and scientific concepts to their everyday lives. Common Core Language Arts skills are taught through science and history-social science topics, such as infrastructure, energy, migration, and government. They expand their understanding of genres, points of view, academic language, and standard writing conventions.
California Regions & Resources
We explore how science, history, and language merge by exploring diverse geographical regions. Common Core Language Arts skills such as modal auxiliary, similes, metaphors, and adages are applied directly to Next Generation Science and history-social science content.
Developmentally, fourth graders are becoming more aware of sensory input that has a profound impact on perspective. An exploration of the connection between external senses and perceptions helps students be more mindful and self-aware.
Students explore the many sources of energy. While they analyze environmental impact, they account for the feasibility for everyday use. Common Core Language Arts skills such as supporting evidence and drawing inferences are applied directly to Next Generation Science content.
California Native Americans
An exploration of regional resources drives the study of Native American nations history. Students learn regional differences by reading local legends and myths. Common Core Language Arts skills such as figurative language are applied directly to history-social science content.
Students learn about Spanish, Russian, and British exploration of the “New World” and colonization, discovering how these forces impacted indigenous populations. Geography, economics, and politics are viewed through diverse cultural perspectives.
Students explore the diverse people who searched for gold. Social, economic, and political influences are examined with an emphasis on the Transcontinental Railroad, Pony Express, and the telegraph.
Students analyze the impact of technological advances on our social interactions and political structures. They examine conflicts that arose and the influence on settlements, while comparing the many contributions diverse populations made to various regions.
Students examine the structures, functions, and rules at different levels of government from federal, to state, to city, including our Constitution. We dive further into the concepts of civic participation and public service from earlier grade levels.
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