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Tennessee Studies Weekly

Tennessee Fourth Grade Social Studies Standards Coverage


AUGUST - SEPTEMBER

Week 1: Let's Learn About Tennessee

Students will study prehistoric Tennessee. They will learn about what life was like for prehistoric humans. They will also learn about the types of mammals that inhabited Tennessee. Students will also learn about sharks as an animal that has survived and not changed much for millions of years. 4.3

Week 2: What a Great Place to Live

Students will study the geological features that make up Pennsylvania. They will learn about the six regions of Tennessee, identifying characteristics of each. Students will also learn about Pangaea and the tectonic plates that create fault lines, earthquakes and volcanoes. 4.3

Week 3: Tennessee Rivers and Waterways

Students will learn about Tennessee’s major waterways and how they are used for transportation and recreation. They will learn about Reelfoot Lake and the legend behind its name. Students will also learn how Tennessee’s geographic features affect the waterways of the state. 4.5

Week 4: Tennessee Climate and Resources

Students will learn the ways that nature affects people’s professions. They will define natural resource and will learn about some of Tennessee’s valuable resources. Using a map of Tennessee precipitation, students will identify the regions that get the most and least amounts of rain. They will also learn about the mild climate of Tennessee. 4.1, 4.2, 4.12 , 4.54

Week 5: The First People in Tennessee

Students will learn about the ancient cultures of Tennessee. They will learn how these people made baskets and weapons, such as the atlatl and bows and arrows. Students will also learn about the Three Sisters, the main crops of the early Tennesseans. 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.8

Week 6: Pre-Columbian Natives

Students will learn about the cultures of Tennessee American Indian tribes of the Pre-Columbian time. They will study the Woodland Indians and the Mississippian Mound Builders, indentifying characteristics of each. They will learn about pretroglyphs and how the mounds were built. Students will also learn how we learn about these ancient tribes compared to how we learn about modern tribes, such as the Cherokee or Creek tribes. 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.8

Week 7: Early Explorers

Students will learn about the exploration of the land of Tennessee by De Soto of Spain. They will learn that Cabot of England and La Salle of France also explored the land, and that there was conflict among the explorers over who owned the land. Students will also learn the various motivations for exploration of the land that would become Tennessee. 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.8 , 4.9

OCTOBER-DECEMBER

Week 8: Explorers Opened the Way

Students will learn that while many explorers did not find the wealth they hoped to, their explorations opened the way for more people to come to the New World. They will study how the Louisiana Purchase doubled the size of the nation. They will learn that the Lewis and Clark Expedition successfully charted the new land. The will also learn that Shoshone Sacagawea helped guide Lewis and Clark in their journey. 4.18, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.8 , 4.9 , 4.12

Week 9: Colonial America

Students will learn about tobacco as the cash crop that allowed the Virginia settlements survive. They will also learn about the first law enacted in the New World. They will learn about the Mayflower Compact, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution. 4.18, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7, 4.8 , 4.9 , 4.10, 4.11, 4.12 , 4.14, 4.15, 4.17, 4.19

Week 10: First Settlers

Students will learn about the brave men who first settled the land of Tennessee. They will learn about Daniel Boone and the Long Hunters and the North Carolina Regulators. They will also learn about the Watauga settlement. Students will also learn about the compromises and conflicts between the settlers and American Indians regarding the settlement of the land. 4.18, 4.8 , 4.9 , 4.10, 4.12 , 4.13, 4.14, 4.15, 4.16, 4.17, 4.19

Week 11: The Shot Heard 'Round the World

Students will learn how the Revolutionary War began and its effects on Tennessee. They will also learn how members of the Cherokee tribe were hired by the British to drive settlers out of Tennessee. Students will learn how the Revolutionary War ended at Yorktown. 4.18, 4.8 , 4.10, 4.12 , 4.13, 4.14, 4.15, 4.16, 4.17, 4.19, 4.21, 4.29

Week 12: Settling Middle Tennessee

Students will study some of the motivations for settling the land of Middle Tennessee. They will also learn about the hardships associated with settling this land, such as the journey itself and conflicts with the American Indians. They will also learn about the Cumberland Compact, the rudimentary government set up for these new settlements.

Week 13: Frontier Life

Students will learn about the difficulties of frontier life. They will learn about the farming and hunting techniques of the frontiersmen. They will also learn what education was like on the frontier. Students will learn the work involved in building a cabin and will learn what a wedding on the frontier was like. They will also learn that slavery existed in the new settlements to help with activities such as farming.

Week 14: Andrew Jackson

Students will study the role of Andrew Jackson in Tennessee’s history. They will learn about Jackson’s presidency, his role in the Battle of New Orleans and his role in acquiring more land for Tennessee. They will also learn about Jackson’s personal life, including his childhood and his marriage to Rachel Jackson.

Week 15: Frontier Transportation

Students will study the modes of transportation used on the frontier. They will learn that the first roads were often created from paths made by herds of buffalo. They will also learn how Conestoga wagons and fatboats were used. Students will learn that the advent of the steam engine changed the transportation of the frontier to steamboats and railroads.

Week 16: The Northwest Ordinance

Students will learn about the role of the Northwest Ordinance in achieving statehood for Tennessee. They will also learn about the threat of Spanish rule of Tennessee as another key factor to contributing to statehood. They will learn about the population number needed for statehood. Students will learn that Tennessee finally became a state in 1796.

JANUARY-FEBUARY

Week 17: Tennessee Statehood

Students will study the difficulties Tennessee faced after achieving statehood. They will learn about the War of 1812 and the nickname Tennessee earned, the Volunteer State, due to its role in the war. Students will also study the differences of state and federal legislation under the Constitution versus the Articles of Confederation.

Week 18: Trail of Tears

Students will study the tragic American Indian removal from the East known as the Trail of Tears. Students will also study what life was like for the Cherokee tribe around this time. They will learn about the Indian Removal Act signed by Jackson that forced the American Indian tribes to move west of the Mississippi. They will also learn that some American Indians fought this unfair treatment, both in the courts and on the battlefield.

Week 19: Tennessee's Cotton and Tobacco Craze

Students will learn how the antebellum years saw an increase in need for tobacco and cotton, which supported economic and urban growth in Tennessee frontier towns. They will learn about Eli Whitney’s cotton gin and its role in supporting both production and slavery. Students will also learn that the increase in these industries also increased slavery in Tennessee.

Week 20: Slavery and the Coming Conflict

Students will study the Missouri Compromise and its role in limiting slavery in new territories. They will also learn how slavery was abolished in the North. Students will learn about anti-slavery efforts, such as a paper called the Emancipator and Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Students will also learn about the Underground Railroad and the secession of the first state, North Carolina, from the Union in 1860.

Week 21: The Word that Waged a War

Students will learn the motivations for some states to secede from the Union, which started the Civil War. Students will also learn about Lincoln’s election and the Emancipation Proclamation. They will also learn about a Confederate leader from Tennessee named Braxton Bragg. Students will study important points of the war, such as the Battle at Shiloh and the end of fighting in Tennessee when the Confederates surrendered to the Union.

Week 22: Tennessee's Reconstruction

Students will learn about the hardships faced in Tennessee after the war ended. They will learn about groups such as carpetbaggers and scalawags. Students will learn that the Fourteenth Amendment ended slavery and that many African Americans became involved in sharecropping after the war.

Week 23: Transportation Today

Students will study the important inventions that made transportation what it is today. They will learn about Tennessee’s first steamboats and trains. They will also learn about the invention of the airplane by the Wright brothers and the invention of the automobile by Henry Ford. Students will also learn about the value of the trucking industry in the United States today.

Week 24: Communication Today

Students will learn about the technology involved in modern modes of communication such as e-mail and telephone. Students will learn about the important men who revolutionized communication. They will study Samuel Morse, Christopher Sholes, Guglielmo Marconi and Alexander Graham Bell.

Week 25: Tennessee Today

Students will learn about the great farming industry of Tennessee today. They will learn about some of the major products of these farms, such as soybeans, cotton and livestock.

MARCH-MAY

Week 26: Tennessee Agriculture and Industry

Students will learn more about the agriculture industry in Tennessee, along with other industries. They will study industries such as tourism and music. They will also learn that Tennessee has major manufacturing and services industries.

Week 27: Tennessee Hall of Wonderful Women

Students will learn about some of Tennessee’s intelligent and influential women. They will learn about teachers Geneva King and Annie May Cox and singers Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline, among other great Tennessee women.

Week 28: The Building Blocks

Students will study the influential men from Tennessee. The will learn about former Vice President Al Gore, singer Randall Hank Williams, writer Alex Haley and frontiersman Davy Crockett.

Week 29: The Playground of Culture

Students will learn about the many cultures that contribute to Tennessee. The will also learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s revolutionary work for civil rights. Students will learn about the main groups that contribute to Tennessee’s diverse cultures. They will learn about today’s American Indians, Hispanic community and Asian Americans.

Week 30: The Constitution

Students will study some of the rights that are provided by the Bill of Rights. They will also study the bicameral system of Congress. They will learn about the responsibilities of each of the three branches of government.

Week 31: Our Government

Students will learn about the role of city government. They will study the various government functions that help Tennessee run smoothly. They will study jobs such as park rangers, firefighters and police officers. Students will learn that safe roads are built thanks to the government. Students will also learn that the government pays for education in order to ensure opportunities for all citizens. Students will also learn that the government provides attorneys to ensure fairness in all trials.

Week 32: Citizenship

Students will look at events from history, such as the Constitutional Convention and the Great Compromise, to learn about the importance of working together as citizens. They will also learn about Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act as bad way to resolve conflict. 4.59

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.

Visit the Studies Weekly Blog to learn more about integrating Common Core Standards into your classroom.

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