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Social Studies concepts create the themes for the units within Fourth Grade Complete. The questions for discussion of the concepts incorporate new vocabulary words that become part of your child’s usable vocabulary and stimulate higher-level thinking skills. The included enrichment activities reinforce the skills in a fun or challenging way.

  • Recognize and learn about the Southeast states.
  • Recall state capitals.
  • Recognize Southeast state outlines and state abbreviations.
  • Learn about the stock market crash and the Great Depression.
  • Learn about living in the Dust Bowl.
  • Learn about the Louisiana Purchase.
  • Learn about historical figures.
  • Learn about United States history: World War I.
  • Learn about trench warfare.
  • Learn about World War I leaders.
  • Understand and apply how maps and globes are used to display regions of the world.
  • Locate continents and oceans on a world map.
  • Use maps and photos to identify and locate major landmarks or major physical features of the United States.
  • Determine the latitude and longitude of locations.
  • Mark a route on a map.
  • Explain why lines of latitude and longitude might be helpful.
  • Learn about the Social Security Administration.
  • Learn about the Swing Era.
  • Learn about Hurricane Katrina.
  • Learn about contributors to the civil rights movement.
  • Understand the significance of American symbols: flag, bald eagle, Great Seal of the United States, Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, Mount Rushmore, White House, Capitol Building, National Mall, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, FDR Memorial, Independence Hall, Supreme Court, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, One World Trade Center, World War II Memorial, Freedom Wall, Three Servicemen Statue, Vietnam Women’s Memorial, and Korean War Veterans Memorial.
  • Understand family relationships.
  • Learn about the Civil War.
  • Learn about Clara Barton and the American Red Cross.
  • Make a physical, political and a raised relief map.
  • Apply basic economic principles.
  • Gain an understanding of the costs involved in properly caring for a pet.
  • Recognize a need and a want.
  • Understand how people make economic choices and stay within a budget.
  • Identify the opportunity cost of economic choices.
  • Differentiate between goods and services.
  • Classify materials as natural resources, capital resources, or human resources.
  • Understand that entrepreneurs are individuals who are willing to take risks, to develop new products, and start new businesses.
  • Analyze a cost and benefits chart.
  • Calculate the profit on goods.
  • Understand the law of supply and the law of demand.
  • Analyze a supply and demand curve.
  • Understand economic concepts of surplus and shortage.
  • Analyze advertisements.
  • Determine an equilibrium price.
  • Learn about banks.
  • Make a business plan and budget.
  • Plan a family vacation, and stay within a total budget.
  • Understand how cultural contributions of various groups have shaped the history of the world.
  • Compare and contrast pioneer lifestyle to today.
  • Learn the characteristics of a rural community.
  • Learn about Native Americans.
  • Compare and contrast communities.
  • Recognize contributions of famous missionaries.
  • Recognize and learn about other continents.
  • Understand how the environment affects cultural groups.
  • Understand how individuals within a community work together for the good of the community.
  • Characterize qualities of good citizenship.
  • Place events in chronological order on a timeline.
  • Learn the basic rules and fielding positions of baseball.
  • Learn about famous baseball players: Babe Ruth, Clayton Kershaw, Jackie Robinson, Alvin Dark, Willy Mays, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Cal Ripken Jr., Albert Pujols, and Hank Aaron.
  • Locate the Dominican Republic on a globe or world map.
  • Make a political cartoon.
  • Learn about qualities of friendship.
  • Learn about a famous computer programmer: Ada Lovelace.
  • Learn about a famous military pilot: Chuck Yeager.
  • Learn about a famous author: E.B. White.