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Fourth Grade Social Studies

Tennessee Studies Weekly (v15)

Core Social Studies
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Tennessee Studies Weekly (v15)

Tennessee Fourth Grade Social Studies Standards Coverage


Week 1: World/U.S. Geography

Students will use a map to identify physical features of the U.S. They will discuss cartography and learn about Alexander von Humboldt.

Week 2: U.S. States and Regions

Students will learn about the natural regions of the United States. They will discuss physical features such as mountains, plains and plateaus.

Week 3: American Indian Nations

Students will discuss ancient civilizations/historic tribes and compare cultural aspects by region.

Week 4: Tennessee’s First People

Students will describe the legacy and cultures of the major prehistoric indigenous settlements in Tennessee. They will analyze beliefs, customs, and traditions of the Cherokee, Creek, and Chickasaw.

Week 5: How Did It All Begin?

Students will examine and understand the causes and effects of European colonization in the United States beginning in 1565.

Week 6: Spanish and Portuguese Explorers

Students will discover the process of exploration by focusing on motives and accomplishments of early Spanish and Portuguese explorers.

Week 7: English and French Explorers

Students will discover the process of exploration by focusing on motives and accomplishments of early French and English explorers.

Week 8: Dividing the New World

Students will know some benefits of interaction among American Indians, explorers and colonists and will discuss the Columbian Exchange.


Week 9: Early English Colonies

Students will study early English colonies—Roanoke, Jamestown and Plymouth.

Week 10: New England Colonies

Students will study colonies in New England—Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New Hampshire.

Week 11: Middle Colonies

Students will study the Middle Colonies—New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Week 12: Southern Colonies

Students will study the Southern Colonies—Georgia, Virginia, Maryland and the Carolinas.

Week 13: Slavery in the Colonies

Students will discuss Triangular Trade and slavery in the colonies.

Week 14: Tennessee’s Settlers

Students will explain the impact of individuals who created interest in land west of the Appalachian Mountains, including the long hunters, Daniel Boone, Thomas Sharpe Spencer, William and Lydia Bean, and Dr. Thomas Walker.

Week 15: Mounting Tensions

Students will explain how political, religious, and economic ideas and interests brought about the American Revolution.


Week 16: Declaring Independence

Students will discuss some important events of 1775 and the writing/signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Week 17: The Revolutionary War

Students will study events of the American Revolution, focusing on George Washington as the commander of the Continental Army.

Week 18: Tennessee at War

Students will discuss the Watauga Purchase and the Cherokee War of 1776. They will examine Tennessee’s role in the American Revolution, including the Overmountain Men and King’s Mountain.

Week 19: Growing Pains

Students will discuss some of the problems facing the new nation—a weak central government, Shays’ rebellion and the need for a national currency.

Week 20: The Constitution

Students will define a constitution, understand the rights/responsibilities of a U.S. citizen and explain our system of checks and balances.

Week 21: Plans for the New Government

Students will demonstrate their understanding of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and will compare Federalist and Anti-Federalist views of government.

Week 22: Government of the People

Students will explain the structure and function of government.


Week 23: Taking Steps Toward Statehood

Students will locate the Southwest Territory on a map, identify its leaders, and explain how it was the first step to statehood, including William Blount, John Sevier, Rocky Mount, and the Treaty of Holston.

Week 24: Louisiana Purchase

Students will study and describe the events leading up to, during and resulting from the Louisiana Purchase.

Week 25: War of 1812

Students will explain the causes/effects of the War of 1812 and the effects of westward expansion on American Indians.

Week 26: Early Westward Expansion

Students will recognize influential people of westward expansion and be able to describe the contributions they made.

Week 27: Westward Ho!

Students will study the westward trails through secondary and primary sources, including journal entries of children who made the journey.

Week 28: Shaking Things Up a Bit

Students will study the effects of the New Madrid Earthquakes and will discuss efforts to abolish slavery in Tennessee.

Week 29: Industry vs. Agriculture

Students will examine life in the North and South in the first half of the 19th century.

Week 30: Conflicts and Compromises

Students will discuss conflicts that eventually led to the Civil War, e.g., the Compromise of 1850, the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the 1860 election.

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 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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