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Colorado Studies Weekly

Colorado Fourth Grade Social Studies Standards Coverage


AUGUST - SEPTEMBER

Week 1: Welcome to School - Geographic Formation, Climate, Natural Resources

Students will be introduced to Studies Weekly with an overview of Colorado’s physical features and the prehistoric events that formed these features. 4.2.1.a, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.3.1.b, 4.4.2.a, 4.4.2.b, 4.4.2.c

Week 2: Regions of Colorado

Students will describe the four regions of Colorado. They will identify unique characteristics of each region. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.a, 4.2.1.b, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.3.1.b, 4.3.1.c, 4.4.1.a

Week 3: Colorado's Mountains / Continental Divide

Students will learn about Lieutenant Zebulon Pike and the peak that is named for him in the Rocky Mountains. They will learn about other explorers of the Rockies and the naming of some famous peaks. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.2.1.a, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d

Week 4: Rivers and Lakes of Colorado

Students will learn about Colorado’s waterways. They will also learn how drinking water is treated in Colorado. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.a, 4.2.1.b, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.3.1.b, 4.3.1.c, 4.4.2.d

Week 5: Prehistoric Peoples

Students will identify the five tribes that inhabited Colorado. They will also discover some of the skills prehistoric American Indians had. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d

Week 6: Basket Weavers and Cliff Dwellers

Students will learn more about the culture of ancient Coloradans. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d

Week 7: American Indians of the Great Plains

Students will learn about the affect of horses on the culture of the Great Plains American Indians who inhabited the region of Colorado. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.a, 4.2.1.b, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d

OCTOBER-DECEMBER

Week 8: American Indians of the Mountains and Plateaus

Students will look further into the cultures of the tribes who inhabited Colorado’s mountains and plateaus. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.a, 4.2.1.b, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d

Week 9: Fur Trappers and Mountain Men

Students will learn about mountain men, fur traders, and trappers and their interactions with American Indians of Colorado. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.c, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.a, 4.2.1.b, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.4.2.d

Week 10: Spanish and French Explorers

Students will study the French and Spanish exploration of the Colorado region. They will also consider what the Europeans gained from the American Indians. 4.1.1.b, 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.c, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.a, 4.2.1.b, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.4.2.d

Week 11: U.S. Government Expeditions

Students will learn about expeditions and the types of people who embarked on them. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.c, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.3.1.c, 4.4.2.d

Week 12: Explorers of the Land

Students will study the life and expeditions of Colorado’s first scientific explorer, John Wesley Powell. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.c, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.3.1.c, 4.4.2.d

Week 13: Life on the Colorado Frontier

Students will learn what life was like on the Colorado frontier. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.c, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.3.1.b, 4.3.1.c, 4.4.2.d

Week 14: Famous Colorado Pioneers

Students will study some famous pioneers of the Colorado region, including Clara Brown, Frances Wisebart Jacobs and Chief Ouray. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.3.1.c, 4.4.1.c, 4.4.2.b, 4.4.2.d

JANUARY-FEBUARY

Week 15: The Gold Rush: Miners and Merchants

Students will learn about the discovery of gold in the Colorado region and subsequent growth in population and commerce. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.3.1.a, 4.3.1.b, 4.3.1.c, 4.3.2.a, 4.3.2.b, 4.3.2.c, 4.3.2.d, 4.4.2.d

Week 16: Transportation and Communication

Students will study the railroad industries and the effect the railroad on the Colorado Territory. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.3.1.c, 4.4.2.d

Week 17: Land Claims and Conflicts

Students will be introduced to treaties that took land from the American Indians and the conflicts that followed. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.c, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.a, 4.2.1.b, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.3.1.c, 4.4.2.b, 4.4.2.d

Week 18: Centennial Statehood

Students will learn about the long years of hard work that it took to gain Colorado’s statehood. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.c, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.3.1.c, 4.4.1.a, 4.4.1.b, 4.4.1.c, 4.4.2.a, 4.4.2.b, 4.4.2.d

Week 19: Politics and Silver Prices

Students will study the problems associated with mining for silver and will define politics. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.c, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.3.1.a, 4.3.1.b, 4.3.1.c, 4.4.2.b

Week 20: Lawmaking in Colorado

Students will learn that the Constitution protects our rights. They will also learn about the bicameral system and the three branches of government. 4.1.2.d, 4.4.1.a, 4.4.1.b, 4.4.1.c, 4.4.2.a, 4.4.2.b, 4.4.2.c, 4.4.2.d, 4.4.2.e

Week 21: Agriculture and Production

Students will learn that irrigation has allowed agriculture to thrive in Colorado. Students will also learn about some of the major items produced in Colorado. 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.3.1.b, 4.3.1.c, 4.3.2.b, 4.3.2.c

MARCH-MAY

Week 22: Urban Growth and Industry

Students will learn about Colorado’s “Silicon Mountain” as one of the state’s most profitable regions due to high-tech industries that are there. Students will study other areas of industry, such as manufacturing, tourism, mining and agriculture industries. Students will be given percentages to consider how big each industry is. 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.3.1.b, 4.3.1.c, 4.3.2.b, 4.3.2.c

Week 23: Arts and Recreation

Students will be introduced to Antoinette Perry as one of America’s greatest supporters of the theater and performing arts. They will learn of her hard work to help in the war effort of WWII. Students will discuss some of Colorado’s great museums and outdoor activities. They will also discuss Colorado’s professional sports teams. 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.d, 4.3.1.b, 4.3.1.c, 4.3.2.a, 4.3.2.b, 4.3.2.c, 4.3.2.d, 4.3.2.e, 4.4.2.b, 4.4.2.c

Week 24: Environment and Tourism

Students will read a story about a Colorado forest ranger. They will discuss the importance of using caution when hiking in Colorado’s mountains. Students will look at environmental attractions of Colorado. They will discuss skiing, hiking, white-water rafting, mountain biking and fishing. 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.b, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.3.1.c

Week 25: Landmarks and Historic Sites

Students will learn about the amount of tourism Colorado’s landmarks and historic sites attract. They will discuss the historic Cross Orchards, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Ute Indian Museum and Ouray Memorial Park. Students will discuss Colorado’s State Capitol Building. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.2.1.a, 4.4.2.a, 4.4.2.b, 4.4.2.c, 4.4.2.d, 4.4.2.e

Week 26: The "Mile-High City" / U.S. Mint

Students will learn about the Denver Mint as the major coin producer for U.S. currency. Students will learn about Denver, Colorado’s biggest city and some of its major attractions. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.d, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.3.1.b, 4.3.1.c, 4.4.2.c, 4.4.2.e

Week 27: Famous Modern Coloradans

Students will identify some famous Coloradans and their inventions or accomplishments. They will also learn about some historic Colorado figures who are known for their advancements in science or philanthropy. 4.1.1.c, 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.1.2.d, 4.4.1.c, 4.4.2.b

Week 28: National Forests and Park Lands

Students will learn about the U.S. Forest Service. They will identify five main activities that the Forest Service is responsible for. Students will learn about national forests and parks in Colorado. Students will identify these areas as recreational resources and will locate them on a map. 4.1.2.a, 4.1.2.b, 4.2.1.a, 4.2.1.b, 4.2.1.c, 4.2.1.d, 4.2.2.a, 4.2.2.c, 4.2.2.d, 4.4.1.a, 4.4.1.b, 4.4.2.b, 4.4.2.c, 4.4.2.e

Common Core

K-5 Required to Read 50% Informational Text - Meet or exceed the 50% Informational Text requirement in your state with Studies Weekly. Teach CCSS-aligned Social Studies and Science content during your literacy block!

Staircase of Complexity - Lexile levels gradually increase over the course of each grade level. We provide researched-based lesson plans with scaffolding/differentiated instruction so that all students succeed.

Text-Based Answers - Students are required to write about what they read, perform additional research, cite sources and consider other points of view. Assessment questions require students to recall, examine and analyze the text they have read.

Writing from Sources - Students will develop research and media skills using primary and secondary sources. We provide 2.0 digital tool suggestions for creating online products like videos, avatars, posters and slide shows.

Academic Vocabulary - With domain-specific vocabulary for each lesson, our lesson plans help you teach students how to determine the meaning of unknown words within a text (CCSS for ELA RI.4).

Computer-Based, Machine-Scored Assessment for Grades 3-5 - Online assessment is provided at eStudiesweekly.com. With instant analysis, including pie charts for every question, you.ll identify where re-teaching or additional test-taking strategies are needed.

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