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Explore America! Let's Learn About the Fifty States

Social Studies

4th Grade Social Studies: Unit 2 of 4 of Fourth Grade Social Studies (Flex)

Unit 2 of 4th Grade Social Studies is part two in a full curriculum of four units of fourth grade social studies taught to National Council for the Social Studies (U.S) standards, covering history, economics, and geography of U.S. states.
Beth Foster
265 total reviews for this teacher
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Completed by 4 learners
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No live meetings
Over 8 weeks
8-13
year olds
1-18
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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The learning goals of this fourth grade social studies course is for students to understand the past and present of individual U.S. states, regions of the U.S. and the overall country. Students will also learn about economics, geography, history and culture. They will learn about first peoples who inhabited individual states as well as the places from which immigrants came to the states, the conditions that brought them there, and how all of this shaped the state’s present and future. 
I have bachelor’s degrees in English, journalism, and political science, and am currently a master’s student in American history. I was a newspaper editor and reporter for 15 years, director of a social justice center for three years, and have been teaching English Language Arts, English As a Second Language, and social studies for the past five years. I am currently co-director of The Foster Woods Folk School.
This flex class is for learners who just want to learn more about the states, as well as students who want to get a letter of completion. For learners who are just wanting to learn more, homework is optional but highly recommended. For those learners seeking a letter of completion, there is 2-3 hours of homework to be completed each week. See the rubric below for how the learner will be evaluated. For those students seeking a letter of completion. I will provide an assessment each weekend of the previous week’s assignments. 

Each unit also includes a final project during which students choose one of the individual states on which to focus. The final project should include a slideshow that shows the state’s economy, government, geography, history and one fact the student finds most investing about the state. Students will present their final project during the final week of the class via a 3-minute video of themselves talking about the state in the Outschool classroom. 

The final project counts as 50 percent of the overall assessment. 

Weekly homework counts as 50 percent of the overall assessment. 

Weekly Evaluation Rubric 
- Comprehension Quiz 20 Points
- Classroom Discussion Question Participation 10 Points
- Padlet Map Participation 10 Points
- Vocabulary Quiz 20 Points 
- Worksheets 20 Points
- Writing Assignment/Project 20 Points
 1 file available upon enrollment
I will provide PDF readers for materials covered. Some projects will include making art so learners are encouraged to have general art supplies available such as markers, crayons, etc.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
The final project counts as 50 percent of the overall assessment. 

Weekly homework counts as 50 percent of the overall assessment. 

Weekly Evaluation Rubric 
- Comprehension Quiz 20 Points
- Classroom Discussion Question Participation 10 Points
- Padlet Map Participation 10 Points
- Vocabulary Quiz 20 Points 
- Worksheets 20 Points
- Writing Assignment/Project 20 Points
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
As we study social studies, students may encounter descriptions and discussions of wars, colonization, disease, current events, and death. All subjects and topics will be covered in a manner that is as age-appropriate as possible, but some learners may be especially sensitive to these topics. 
Materials will come from a myriad of sources including NewsELA, the Zinn Education Project, Learning for Justice, and the Council for Economic Education. 

Teacher

Beth Foster
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Lives in the United States
The Foster Woods Folk School, Teaching Social Studies and English Language Arts within an EcoSocial Justice Framework
265 total reviews
205 completed classes

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Stories are the beginning of understanding ourselves and the world, our place in history, and how we can create a better time and place for ourselves and those who will come after us. I love stories — reading stories, writing stories, hearing... 
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