Grade 4 Unit 1 Geography

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  Social Studies                                             

Grade:  4th

Unit 1:  Geography                                                   

Pacing:  September-October

Essential Question(s):

       1.  What are some physical features of Connecticut’s environment?

       2.  What are some man-made features of Connecticut’s environment?

       3.  How do physical features such as weather and climate affect our daily lives?

 

Big Idea(s):

  1. Some physical features of CT (and in the U.S.) are the same.
  2. Some physical features of CT (and in the U.S.) are different.
  3. Physical environments in CT (and in the U.S.) affect the lives of the people who live there.  (ie: economy, recreation, transportation, jobs, homes, etc.)

 

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

Priority:

1.5-1:   Describe how physical systems (weather and climate) have affected the lives of people in Connecticut (ie: economy, recreation, transportation).

Supporting:

1.4-1:   Locate man-made and physical characteristics of Connecticut.

1.4-2:   Compare and Contrast map types (ie: political, physical, population).

 

 

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

 

Relationships between these features and how they affect the way people live (economy, recreations, transportation, jobs, homes, etc.)

 

 

Physical features of CT and the U.S.

  • Landforms
  • Bodies of water
  • Climate
  • Natural resources
  • Natural vegetation
  • Elevation

 

Political features of CT and the U.S.

  • States
  • Capitals – National and State
  • State boundaries
  • Cities
  • Regions

 

 

Man-made features vs. physical features

  • Bridges
  • Roads
  • Buildings
  • Houses
  • Dams
  • Train stations
  • Airports
  • Oceans
  • Lakes
  • Rivers

 

 

 

Analyze relationships

 

 

 

 

Compare and contrast physical features

 

Demonstrate understanding of features by

Illustrating and labeling a physical map

 

 

 

 

Locate places of CT and the U.S.

 

Demonstrate understanding of features by

Illustrating and labeling a political map

 

 

 

 

 

Distinguish between these features by classifying man-made or physical

 

 

 

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Assessments

Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

  1. What does a physical map show?
  2. What does a political map show?
  3. How do features such as landforms, weather, and climate affect the way people live?
  4. What is the difference between man-made features and physical features?

“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):

  1. Draw and label political map of CT and the U.S.  Include map key.
  2. Draw and label physical map of CT and the U.S.  Include map key.
  3. Chart daily weather for 1 month to determine “climate” of a place (West Haven.)
  4. Short Quizzes  (True/False, Matching, Fill in Blank)

 

Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Harcourt Horizons Textbooks – “A” pages, Chapters 1 & 2

Scott Foresman Leveled Readers Books on Landforms and Waterways

Maps/Map Keys

Student created maps

Graphic Organizers – Venn Diagrams, T-Charts, Web-Charts

Videos

Smartboard

 

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

 

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

absolute location

agriculture

climate

continents

drought

economy

elevation

equator

gulf

hemisphere

hills

humidity

industry

interdependence

landform

latitude

longitude

manufacturing

mountains

natural resource

natural vegetation

physical

plains

plateaus

political

population

precipitation

prime meridian

region

relative location

rural

service industry

suburban

urban

 

Create Maps with Keys –

Regions – pg. 63

Climate – pg. A17

Land Use – pg. 71

Resources – pg. 71

Vegetation – pg. A17

Landforms – pg. 31

Elevations – pg. 35

Major Rivers – pg. 40

 

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Math

Spelling

Writing

Art

Science