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Fourth Grade Social Studies Standards

Quarter 1 Standards: 
  1. G4.1SS.C2.PO1: I can describe the cultures of prehistoric people in the Americas. 

  2. G4.1SS.C2.PO2: I can describe the cultures of the Mogollon, Anasazi, and Hohokam. 

  3. G4.1SS.C2.PO3: I can identify other groups (e.g., Patayan, Sinagua, Salado) residing in the Southwest during this period. 

  4. G4.1SS.C2.PO4: I can identify the Mayan, Aztec and Incan/Inkan empires.

  5. G4.2SS.C3.PO1: I can discuss life in Europe during the time of the Aztec and Incan/Inkan empires. 

  6. G4.3SS.C1.PO1B: I can describe how Arizona symbols represent American democracy and values. 

  7. G4.4SS.C1.PO1: I can use different types of maps to solve problems (e.g., road maps-distance, resource maps-products, historical maps-boundaries, thematic map-climates). 

  8. G4.4SS.C1.PO2: I can interpret political and physical maps using a scale, a road map index and a latitude and longitude grid. 

  9. G4.4SS.C1.PO3: I can construct maps using symbols to represent human and physical features.

  10. G4.4SS.C1.PO4: I can construct charts, and graphs to display geographic information. 

  11. G4.4SS.C1.PO5: I can describe characteristics of human and physical features: a) physical - (i.e., river, lake, mountain, range, coast, sea, desert, gulf, bay, strait, plain, valley, volcanoes, isthmus, canyon, plateau, mesa, oasis, dunes) b) human - (i.e., equator, four hemispheres, city, state, country, harbor, dams, territory, county). 

  12. G4 .4SS.C1.PO6: I can locate physical and human features using maps, illustrations, images or globes: a) physical- (i.e., river, lake, mountain range, sea, desert, gulf, bay, strait) b) human- (i.e., equator, four hemispheres, city, state, country, roads, railroads).

  13. G4.4SS.C1.PO7: I can locate physical and human features in Arizona using maps, illustrations and images.

  14. G4.4SS.C2.PO1: I can describe how the Southwest has distinct physical and cultural characteristics.

  15. G4.4SS.C2.PO3: I can locate the three landform regions of Arizona. 

  16. G4.4SS.C2.PO4: I can compare the landform regions of Arizona using their physical features, plants, and animals. 

  17. G4.4SS.C2.PO5: I can describe how regions and places have unique characteristics.


Quarter 2 Standards:
  1. G4.1SS.C2.PO5: I can recognize the achievements and features (e.g., mathematics, astronomy, architecture) of Mayan, Aztec, and Incan/Inkan civilizations. 

  2. G4.1SS.C3.PO1: I can describe the reasons why early Spanish explorers came to Mexico and the Southwestern region of the United States.

  3. G4.1SS.C3.PO2: I can describe how Spanish colonization affected the Southwest.

  4. G4.1SS.C3.PO3: I can describe the location and cultural characteristics of Native American tribes (e.g., O'odham, Apache, Hopi) during the Spanish period. 

  5. G4.1SS.C5.PO1: I can recognize that the governance of the Southwest changed because of the Mexican Revolution.

  6. G4.1SS.C5.PO2: I can describe the influence of American explorers and trappers (e.g., James O. Pattie, Kit Carson, Bill Williams) on the development of the Southwest.  

  7. G4.1SS.C5.PO3: I can describe the events that led to Arizona becoming a territory of the United States. 

  8. G4.1SS.C5.PO4: I can describe the effects of different cultural groups on the culture of Arizona.

  9. G4.1SS.C5.PO5: I can describe the conflicts that happened between Arizona Native Americans and other cultures.

  10. G4.1SS.C6.PO1: I can describe events in Arizona during the Civil War a) Battle of Picacho Peak) Battle of Apache Pass) Arizona becomes a territory. 

  11. G4.1SS.C7.PO3: I can identify key individuals and groups (e.g., Charles Poston, Sharlot, Hall, Buffalo Soldiers, Geronimo, George W.P. Hunt, Manuelito, Cochise) related to Arizona territorial days and early statehood. 

  12. G4.1SS.C7.PO4: I can recognize that Arizona changes from a territory to a state on February 14, 1912. 

  13. G4.1SS.C7.PO5: I can recognize that Native American communities and reservations were formed in Arizona. 

  14. G4.2SS.C5.PO1: I can describe the reasons why the Spanish and Portuguese explored the Americas.

  15. G4.2SS.C5.PO2: I can describe how the Aztec and Inca/Inka were affected by European explorers. 

  16. G4.3SS.C1.PO3: I can describe how Arizona changed from a territory to a state.

  17. G4.4SS.C6.PO1: I can describe the impact of geographic features (e.g., rivers, mountains, resources, deserts, climate) on migration and the location of human activities (e.g., exploration, mining, transportation routes, settlement patterns.

  18. G4.4SS.C6.PO3: I can use geography concepts and skills (e.g., recognizing patterns, mapping, graphing) to find solutions for local, state or national problems (e.g., shortage or abundance of natural resources). 


Quarter 3 Standards:
  1. G4.1SS.C7.PO1: I can describe how mining, ranching, farming, and dams earn money for Arizona.

  2. G4.1SS.C7.PO2: I can describe the advent of innovations in transportation (e.g., steamboats, freighting, stagecoaches, railroads) that helped Arizona's growth and economy. 

  3. G4.1SS.C9.PO1: I can describe changes in the lives of U.S. and Arizona residents during the Great Depression: a) poverty b) unemployment c) loss of homes or businesses d) migration. 

  4. G4.1SS.C9.PO2: I can describe the reasons (e.g., German and Japanese aggression) for the U.S. becoming involved in World War II.

  5. G4.1SS.C9.PO3: I can describe the impact of World War II on Arizona (e.g., economic boost, military bases, native American and Hispanic contributions of Japanese Americans). 

  6. G4.1SS.C9.PO4: I can describe how lives were affected during World War II(e.g., population growth, economic growth, cultural diversity, civil rights). 

  7. G4.1SS.C10.PO3: I can describe the influential people in Arizona. 

  8. G4.1SS.C10.PO4: I can discuss the contributions of diverse populations to Arizona. 

  9. G4.3SS.C1.PO1A: I can describe how the Great Seal of the United States and war memorials represent American democracy and values.

  10. G4.3SS.C1.PO2: I can identify the rights and freedoms supported by the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. 

  11. G4.3SS.C1.PO4: I can describe the varied backgrounds of people living in Arizona: a) shared principles, goals, customs and traditions b) diversity in ones' school and community c) benefits and challenges of a diverse population. 

  12. G4.3SS.C2.PO1: I can describe the three branches of state and national Government. 

  13. G4.3SS.C2.PO2: I can describe the different levels of government. 

  14. G4.3SS.C3.PO1: I can describe the responsibilities of the state government. 

  15. G4.3SS.C3.PO2: I can describe the responsibilities of the local government. 

  16. G4.3SS.C4.PO1: I can discuss ways an individual can contribute to a school or community.

  17. G4.3SS.C4.PO2: I can identify traits of character (e.g., responsibility, respect, perseverance, loyalty, integrity, justices, and tolerance) that are important to the preservation and improvement of democracy.

  18. G4.3SS.C4.PO3: I can describe the importance of citizens being actively involved in the democratic process (e.g., voting, campaigning, civil and community service, jury duty).  

  19. G4.4SS.C4.PO1: I can describe the factors (push and pull) that have contributed to the settlement , economic development (e.g., mining, ranching, agriculture and tourism) and growth of major Arizona cities.

  20. G4.4SS.C4.PO2: I can describe how Mexico and Arizona are connected by the movement of people, goods, and ideas.

  21. G4.4SS.C4.PO3: I can describe how the building of transportation routes (e.g., trails, stage routes, railroad) resulted in human settlement and economic development in Arizona. 

  22. G4.4SS.C4.PO4: I can describe the cultural characteristics of Arizona's diverse population. 

  23. G4.4SS.C4.PO5: I can discuss the major economic activities and land use patterns (e.g., harvesting natural resources, agricultural, industrial, residential, commercial, recreational) of regions studies.

  24. G4.4SS.C5.PO1: I can describe human dependence on the physical environment and natural resources to satisfy basic needs. 

  25. G4.4SS.C5.PO2: I can describe the impact of extreme natural events (e.g., fires, volcanoes, floods, droughts) on human and physical environments. 

  26. G4.4SS.C5.PO3: I can describe the impact of human modifications (e.g., dams, mining, air conditioning, irrigation, agricultural) on the physical environment and ecosystems.


Quarter 4 Standards:
  1. G4.5SS.C1.PO1: I can explain the decision for a personal spending choice. 

  2. G4.5SS.C1.PO2: I can identify that specialization improves standards of living(e.g., medical care, home building, agriculture). 

  3. G4.5SS.C1.PO3: I can give examples of how voluntary exchanges of goods and services can be mutually beneficial (e.g., ice cream vendor receives money, child receives ice cream; doctor receives monetary benefit, patient receives care). 

  4. G4.5SS.C2.PO1: I can explain how price incentives affect peoples' behavior and choices such as colonial decisions about what crops to grow and which products to purchase. 

  5. G4.5SS.C2.PO2: I can describe why (e.g., schools, fire, police, libraries) state and local governments collect taxes. 

  6. G4.5SS.C2.PO3: I can describe how education, skills, and career choices affect income.

  7. G4.5SS.C2.PO5: I can describe risks that are taken by entrepreneurs.

  8. G4.5SS.C2.PO6: I can identify the role of financial institutions in providing services (e.g., savings accounts and loans). 

  9. G4.5SS.C3.PO4: I can discuss how profit is an incentive to entrepreneurs.

  10. G4.5SS.C5.PO1: I can describe how interest is an incentive to saving money.


Social Studies Yearly Standards (taught throughout the school year):
  1. G4.1SS.C1.PO1: I can use the following to interpret historical data: a) timelines- B, C, E and B.C..; C.E., and A.D.  b) graphs, tables, charts, and maps. 

  2. G4.1SS.C1.PO2: I can describe the difference between primary and secondary sources. 

  3. G4.1SS.C1.PO3: I can locate information using both primary and secondary sources.

  4. G4.1SS.C1.PO4: I can describe how archeological research adds to our understanding of the past.

  5. G4.1SS.C10.PO1: I can describe current events using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television Internet, books, maps). 

  6. G4.1SS.C10.PO2: I can discuss the connections between current and historical events and issues from content studies in Strand 1 using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television, Internet, books, maps). 

  7. G4.2SS.C1.PO1: I can use the following to interpret historical data: a) timelines- B, C, E and B.C..; C.E., and A.D.  b) graphs, tables, charts, and maps.

  8. G4.2SS.C1.PO2: I can describe the difference between primary and secondary sources. 

  9. G4.2SS.C1.PO3: I can locate information using both primary and secondary sources.

  10. G4.2SS.C1.PO4: I can describe how archeological research adds to our understanding of the past. 

  11. G4.2SS.C9.PO1: I can describe current events using information from class discussions and various resources (e.g., newspapers, magazines, television Internet, books, maps). 

  12. G4.4SS.C6.PO2: I can discuss geographic knowledge and skills related to current events. 

  13. G4.4SS.C6.PO3: I can use geography concepts and skills (e.g., recognizing patterns, mapping, graphing) to find solutions for local, state or national problems (e.g., shortage or abundance of natural resources).

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