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DoDEA fourth-grade social studies standards

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IXL's fourth-grade skills will be aligned to the DoDEA Content Standards soon! Until then, you can view a complete list of fourth-grade standards below. Be sure to check out the unlimited social studies practice questions in IXL's 109 fourth-grade skills.

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4SS1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the physical and human geographic features and political systems that define places and regions in the United States.

  • 4SS1.a Explain and use the coordinate grid system of latitude and longitude to determine the absolute locations of places in the United States and on Earth.

  • 4SS1.b Distinguish between the North and South Poles; the equator and the prime meridian; the tropics; and the hemispheres, using coordinates to plot locations.

  • 4SS1.c Describe the various regions of the United States; water, landforms, vegetation, and climate, and how their characteristics and physical environments affect human activity.

  • 4SS1.d Identify the locations of the oceans, rivers, valleys, and mountain passes and explain their effects on the growth of cities.

  • 4SS1.e Describe how areas in the United States vary in land use, elevation, vegetation, wildlife, climate, population density, architecture, services, and transportation.

  • 4SS1.f Discuss what the U.S. Constitution is and why it is important (a written document that defines the structure and purpose of the U.S. government and describes the shared powers of federal, state, and local governments).

  • 4SS1.g Describe the similarities (written documents, rule of law, consent of the governed, three separate branches) and differences (scope of jurisdiction, limits on government powers, use of the military) among federal, state, and local governments.

  • 4SS1.h Explain the structures and functions of state governments, including roles and responsibilities of their elected officials.

  • 4SS1.i Trace the evolution of US water system into a network of dams, aqueducts, and reservoirs.

  • 4SS1.j Describe the history and development of the US public education system.

  • 4SS1.k Describe the impact of natural resources, technology, and economics of the regions of the United States.

4SS2 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, and social structures in the Southeastern region of the United States.

  • 4SS2.a Explain the major geographic features of the Southeast and discuss the physical settings that supported permanent settlement in this region.

  • 4SS2.b Examine the Native American cultures that originated from this region and examine the main features of their art and architecture.

  • 4SS2.c Discuss the impact of the key historical events within the region.

  • 4SS2.d Describe the ways in which resources permitted the growth of economies, how these resources have and are being used, and their impact on the emergence of cities in this region.

  • 4SS2.e Compare and contrast the growth and development of industry and agriculture within the region.

4SS3 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, and social structures in the Northeastern region of the United States.

  • 4SS3.a Explain the major geographic features of the Northeast and discuss the physical settings that supported permanent settlement in this region.

  • 4SS3.b Examine the Native American cultures that originated in this region and examine the main features of their art and architecture.

  • 4SS3.c Discuss the impact of the key historical events within the region.

  • 4SS3.d Describe the ways in which resources permitted the growth of economies, how these resources have and are being used, and their impact on the emergence of cities in this region.

  • 4SS3.e Compare and contrast the growth and development of industry and agriculture within the region.

4SS4 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, and social structures in the Middle Western region of the United States.

  • 4SS4.a Explain the major geographic features of the Mid-West and discuss the physical settings that supported permanent settlement in this region.

  • 4SS4.b Examine the Native American cultures that originated in this region and examine the main features of their art and architecture.

  • 4SS4.c Discuss the impact of the key historical events within the region.

  • 4SS4.d Describe the ways in which resources permitted the growth of economies, how these resources have and are being used, and their impact on the emergence of cities in this region.

  • 4SS4.e Compare and contrast the growth and development of industry and agriculture within the region.

4SS5 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, and social structures in the Southwestern region of the United States.

  • 4SS5.a Explain the major geographic features of the Southwest and discuss the physical settings that supported permanent settlement in this region.

  • 4SS5.b Examine the Native American cultures that originated in this region and examine the main features of their art and architecture.

  • 4SS5.c Discuss the impact of the arrival of Europeans in the region.

  • 4SS5.d Describe the ways in which resources permitted the growth of economies, how these resources have and are being used, and their impact on the emergence of cities in this region.

  • 4SS5.e Compare and contrast the growth and development of industry and agriculture within the region.

4SS6 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, and social structures in the Western region of the United States.

  • 4SS6.a Explain the major geographic features of the Western region and discuss the physical settings that supported permanent settlement in this region.

  • 4SS6.b Examine the Native American cultures that originated in this region and examine the main features of their art and architecture.

  • 4SS6.c Discuss the impact of the key historical events within the region.

  • 4SS6.d Describe the ways in which resources permitted the growth of economies, how these resources have and are being used, and their impact on the emergence of cities in this region.

  • 4SS6.e Compare and contrast the growth and development of industry and agriculture within the region.

4SSK The intellectual skills noted below are to be learned through, and applied to, the content standards for grade four. They are to be assessed only in conjunction with these content standards. Students demonstrate the following intellectual, reasoning, reflection, and research skills:

  • 4SSK1 Students place key events and people of the historical era they are studying in a chronological sequence and within a spatial context; they interpret time lines.

  • 4SSK2 Students correctly apply terms related to time, including past, present, future, decade, century, and generation.

  • 4SSK3 Students explain how the present is connected to the past, identifying both similarities and differences between the two, and how some things change over time and some things stay the same.

  • 4SSK4 Students use map and globe skills to determine the absolute locations of places and interpret information available through a map's or globe's legend, scale, and symbolic representations.

  • 4SSK5 Students judge the significance of the relative location of a place.

  • 4SSK6 Students differentiate between primary and secondary sources.

  • 4SSK7 Students pose relevant questions about events they encounter in historical documents, eyewitness accounts, oral histories, letters, diaries, artifacts, photographs, maps, artworks, and architecture.

  • 4SSK8 Students distinguish fact from fiction by comparing documentary sources on historical figures and events with fictionalized characters and events.

  • 4SSK9 Students summarize the key events of the era they are studying and explain the historical contexts of those events.

  • 4SSK10 Students identify the human and physical characteristics of the places they are studying and explain how those features form the unique character of those places.

  • 4SSK11 Students identify and interpret the multiple causes and effects of historical events.

  • 4SSK12 Students conduct cost-benefit analyses of historical and current events.