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Weekly Curriculum Map / Standards Correlation

Scope & Sequence/Standards Coverage


Week 1: Geographical Formation and Mammals

Students will be introduced to Studies Weekly and will learn how to navigate the magazine. Students will learn about the Age of Reptiles as a time when Indiana was under seawater. Students will learn that Indiana is too young for dinosaurs, but that the area has lots of mammal fossils. 4.3.13, 4.3.4, 4.3.6

Week 2: Indiana's Glacier and Regions

Students will study will study the Ice Age and the effects of glaciers on the United States, specifically examining Indiana and the animals that lived here. They will also study the geography of Indiana, the landmass of Pangaea, and tectonic plates. Students will be introduced to lines longitude and latitude by locating Illinois on a globe. Students will study Indiana’s neighbors and the natural regions of Indiana. 4.1.6, 4.3.1, 4.3.13, 4.3.7, 4.2.4, 4.3.2, 4.3.3, 4.3.4, 4.3.5, 4.3.6, 4.3.8, 4.3.9

Week 3: Indiana's Waterways

Students will read a story about an American Indian girl from Indiana. Students will study the waterways of Indiana. They will how the Great Lakes were formed. Students will locate some of Indiana’s major rivers on a map and will learn how the tilt of Indiana affects the flow of its rivers. 4.1.2, 4.1.14, 4.3.1, 4.3.13, 4.2.6, 4.2.7, 4.3.2, 4.3.3, 4.3.4, 4.3.5, 4.3.6, 4.3.8, 4.3.9

Week 4: Weather / Climate

Students will learn about Palm Sunday in 1965, when 11 tornadoes hit Indiana. They will study how tornadoes are formed and how they are classified. Students will study the difference between weather and climate. Students will learn about the various types of weather people and what their jobs entail. 4.1.13, 4.3.13, 4.3.7, 4.1.17, 4.3.6, 4.3.8

Week 5: The Mound Builders

Students will study the culture of the Hopewell tribe of Indiana. They will also study the culture of the Mississippi tribe. Students will learn about the mounds built by the Mississippians and will consider the reasons the tribe may have built them. The students will learn about the Fort Ancient tribes as the last prehistoric American Indians to live in Indiana. 4.3.12, 4.1.1, 4.3.13, 4.3.4, 4.3.6, 4.3.8

Week 6: Historic American Indians

Students will learn about Beringia and the hunters that first came to what is now the U.S. Students will learn that these hunters are called Paleo Indians. They will also learn about the cultures of the tribes of Indiana. Students will learn about the three most important foods of the American Indians - corn, beans and squash. 4.3.12, 4.1.2, 4.1.1, 4.3.13, 4.1.16, 4.3.6, 4.3.8

Week 7: The Miami/Algonquian Tribes

Students will learn about a Miami American Indian named Shinshow. Students will study the things important to the Miami tribe such as family history, religion and marriage. Students will also learn about the housing they had, the type of wild game they hunted, and the things they crafted, such as pottery and canoes. Students will identify these things in an illustration of the tribe. 4.1.2, 4.1.1, 4.3.13, 4.3.6

Week 8: Other Tribes Move In

Students will learn about the interactions between the Miami tribe and Iroquois tribe. They will study the traditions of the Iroquois and the influence they had in Indiana. 4.1.2, 4.1.1, 4.3.13, 4.4.1, 4.4.6, 4.3.6, 4.3.10, 4.4.3, 4.4.4

Week 9: Early European Explorers

Students will study the first explorers who came to Indiana. They will learn that these explorers wanted to trap and trade furs. Students will learn that LaSalle discovered Indiana. They will also learn about the influence the French had on the area, such as religion. Students will learn about what life was like in the forts of the traders. 4.1.2, 4.3.13, 4.2.6, 4.3.6


Week 10: French & Indian War / Pontiac's Rebellion

Students will learn about the many conflicts among the British, French and American Indians. They will learn about the alliance created between American Indians and the French to fight against the British and other American Indian tribes. Students will also learn the La Salle organized and unified the American Indian tribes to fight. 4.1.2, 4.1.3, 4.3.13, 4.2.6, 4.3.6, 4.3.8, 4.3.9, 4.3.10

Week 11: Trouble with England

Students will learn about the Boston Tea Party and the reasons behind it. Students will study the events that led up to the Revolutionary War. They will also learn about the First Continental Congress and the important men involved. 4.1.3, 4.3.13, 4.1.15, 4.1.16, 4.3.6, 4.4.9

Week 12: American Revolution / G. R. Clark

Students will learn about surveyor George Rogers Clark and the role he played in fighting the British. They will learn about Indiana’s role in the American Revolution. Students will study the treaties that sought to bring peace in our new nation. 4.1.4, 4.1.6, 4.3.13, 4.1.16, 4.1.17, 4.3.3, 4.3.4, 4.3.6, 4.3.10

Week 13: Northwest Territory/Fallen Timbers

Students will learn how the Northwest Territory was created after the United States defeated the British. They will learn how pioneers moved west in Conestoga wagons. Students will also learn about the Battle of Fallen Timbers. Students will learn about the Northwest Ordinance and that it guaranteed freedoms to residents of the Northwest Territory.

Week 14: War of 1812 / Tippecanoe

Students will learn about an important Shawnee Indian named Tecumseh. Students will study how the War of 1812 began. They will learn about the troubled times of Indiana, including the Battle of Tippecanoe and the issue of slavery in Indiana. 4.1.4, 4.1.5, 4.1.6, 4.3.13, 4.1.17, 4.3.4, 4.3.6

Week 15: Statehood at Last!

Students will learn about Indiana’s statehood. They will learn that Jonathan Jennings took the request to Washington, D.C. in 1816 and that James Madison signed the new Indiana constitution at the end of the year. Students will learn how Indianapolis became the state capital. 4.3.12, 4.1.5, 4.1.6, 4.2.1, 4.3.13, 4.1.15, 4.2.2, 4.2.4, 4.2.5, 4.3.3, 4.3.6

Week 16: Pioneer Life

Students will study what life was like for pioneers. Students will study how cabins were built and what they were like. Students will also learn about pioneers’ chores and what they did for fun. They will learn about the remedies the settlers used to treat illnesses and injuries. They will read a story about a traveling minister named Preacher Dan. 4.3.12, 4.1.6, 4.3.13, 4.4.1, 4.3.4, 4.3.6, 4.3.9


Week 17: Transportation in Indiana

Students will read a story about the difficult journey of the Republican steamboat to illustrate the complexity of travel at the time. Students will learn about other means of transportation, including flatboats and keel boats. They will also learn that trails made by animals were used for land travel. Students will learn about Indiana’s first steam railroad of 1847. 4.3.12, 4.1.6, 4.3.13, 4.3.4, 4.3.6, 4.3.8, 4.3.9

Week 18: Civil War / Underground RR

Students will learn about Abraham Lincoln’s childhood in Indiana. Students will study how slavery began and came to America. They will also learn about the Underground Railroad and free and slave states. 4.1.7, 4.1.8, 4.3.13, 4.1.16, 4.1.17, 4.2.6, 4.2.7, 4.3.6, 4.4.4, 4.4.8

Week 19: Lincoln / Inventions / Discoveries

Students will learn how the hard work of Mary Ann Bickerdyke improved conditions for wounded soldiers. Students will study how the Civil War began. Students will learn about Camp Morton, states’ rights and Morgan’s Raiders of the Confederacy. They will also study the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of the Civil War. 4.1.7, 4.1.8, 4.1.9, 4.2.1, 4.3.1, 4.3.13, 4.2.3, 4.1.16, 4.2.5, 4.2.6, 4.2.7, 4.3.4, 4.3.6

Week 20: Indiana State Government

Students will read a story to compare the life they lead to those of children who experienced child labor. Students will study the three branches of government and will learn the responsibilities of each. They will learn about how laws are created and who is involved in creating them. 4.1.9, 4.2.1, 4.3.13, 4.2.3, 4.1.17, 4.2.2, 4.2.4, 4.2.5, 4.2.7, 4.3.4, 4.3.6, 4.4.9

Week 21: Land of Many Cultures

Students will learn about important Indiana women who helped win their right to vote. They will also learn about the importance of Susan B. Anthony in supporting these women. Students will study Indiana’s heritage by learning about the different cultures that settled here. 4.3.12, 4.1.9, 4.1.10, 4.1.11, 4.1.12, 4.1.13, 4.1.14, 4.3.13, 4.2.5, 4.3.4, 4.3.6, 4.3.8, 4.3.9, 4.3.10, 4.3.11

Week 22: Farming / Education / Religion

Students will learn about Indiana inventors Elwood Haynes and Elmer Apperson, who helped perfect the automobile. Students will study some important events in Indiana at the beginning of the twentieth century. They will learn about some of Indiana’s universities, artists’ colonies and orphan trains. Students will also learn about the Wright brothers and Amish culture in Indiana. 4.3.12, 4.1.9, 4.1.11, 4.1.12, 4.1.13, 4.3.13, 4.4.1, 4.1.18, 4.3.4, 4.3.6, 4.3.8, 4.3.9, 4.3.10, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4.7

Week 23: WWI / Great Depression / WWII

Students will learn what life was life in the Roaring Twenties. They will learn about the events that led to the Great Depression. Students will be introduced to Prohibition. Students will study the World Wars and the hard-working women back home that kept the nation going while men were at war. 4.1.9, 4.1.10, 4.1.11, 4.1.12, 4.1.13, 4.1.14, 4.3.13, 4.1.16, 4.1.17, 4.2.2, 4.2.6, 4.2.7, 4.3.4, 4.3.6


Week 24: Industrial Indiana

Students will learn about the Ball brothers, their business, and how respected they are in Indiana. Students will learn about manufacturing in Indiana. They will study some businesses such as Van Camp Packing Company, Grassyfork Fisheries and Scholl’s. They will also learn about inventions such as Alka-Seltzer. 4.1.9, 4.1.10, 4.1.11, 4.1.12, 4.1.13, 4.1.14, 4.3.13, 4.4.1, 4.1.17, 4.3.4, 4.3.6, 4.4.3, 4.4.4, 4.4.5, 4.4.2, 4.4.7

Week 25: Great Indiana Women

Students will learn about some of Indiana’s famous women, including Amelia Earhart, Sarah Parke Morrison and Wilma Rudolph. They will also learn about vocalist Sandi Patty, entrepreneur Madam Walker and environmentalist and photographer Gene Stratton-Porter. 4.1.9, 4.1.11, 4.1.12, 4.1.13, 4.1.14, 4.3.13, 4.4.1, 4.1.17, 4.1.18, 4.2.7, 4.3.6, 4.3.8, 4.4.3, 4.4.2, 4.4.7

Week 26: Great Indiana Men

Students will study some of Indiana’s famous men, including Orville Redenbacher and Larry Bird. They will learn about Indiana’s many famous athlete, musicians and entertainers. They will study astronauts Frank Borman and Virgil Grissom and writers James Whitcomb Riley and Booth Tarkington. 4.1.9, 4.1.12, 4.1.14, 4.3.13, 4.4.1, 4.1.18, 4.2.6, 4.3.6, 4.4.7

Week 27: Hoosier Sports / Recreation

Students will discuss the Indianapolis 500 and the popularity of basketball in Indiana. They will learn about Dr. James Naismith as the organizer of Indiana’s first basketball game. They will recognize Oscar Robertson as a member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame. 4.1.12, 4.1.13, 4.1.14, 4.3.13, 4.4.1, 4.3.6, 4.4.3, 4.4.4, 4.4.2

Week 28: Indiana - a Fun Place to Live!

Students will read the story of Johnny Appleseed, who is buried at Fort Wayne. They will learn about some of Indiana’s great attractions, such as the Conner Prairie Pioneer Settlement, the Children’s Museum and some of the “world’s largest” roadside attractions. 4.3.12, 4.1.12, 4.1.13, 4.1.14, 4.3.13, 4.4.1, 4.1.17, 4.2.6, 4.3.6, 4.3.8, 4.4.7

Week 29: We Depend on Each Other

Students will define interdependence and consumer. They will learn how consumers get the resources they need. Students will study producers and the cyclical nature of an economy. 4.1.12, 4.1.13, 4.1.14, 4.3.13, 4.4.1, 4.4.6, 4.2.6, 4.3.2, 4.3.3, 4.3.6, 4.3.8, 4.3.9, 4.4.3, 4.4.4, 4.4.5, 4.4.2, 4.4.8

Week 30: How Much Does It Cost?

Students will define supply and demand as they analyze how they might spend money. They will also define product, product and scarcity. 4.1.1, 4.1.14, 4.3.13, 4.4.1, 4.4.6, 4.4.10, 4.2.2, 4.3.2, 4.3.8, 4.3.11, 4.4.4

Week 31: Money, Money Everywhere

Students will define currency as money used in certain countries for trade. They will learn that currency can be things other than money. Students will study early banking and money today. Students will study how dollars and coins were invented. Students will learn about different money systems as legal tender. 4.4.6, 4.4.10, 4.2.3, 4.2.5, 4.3.11, 4.4.3, 4.4.4, 4.4.5, 4.4.9

Week 32: Money in Your Pocket

Students will learn about ways money is handled, such as spending, borrowing and saving. They will define investing and will be introduced to the stock market. Students will also learn about donating money and will define a charity. Students will learn that time and energy are also good donations to charities. 4.1.13, 4.1.14, 4.4.1, 4.4.6, 4.4.10, 4.2.2, 4.2.5, 4.2.6, 4.2.7, 4.4.4, 4.4.7, 4.4.8

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