Grade 4 Unit 3 Connecticut History

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  Social Studies                                            

Grade:  4th

Unit 3:  Connecticut History                                     

Pacing:  February-March

Essential Question(s):

       1.  Who are some important people in Connecticut History?

       2.  What important events happened in Connecticut History?

       3.  Why is Connecticut a great state to live in?  What makes it unique/special?

Big Idea(s):

  1. There were/are many important people in Connecticut History.
  2. There were/are many important events in Connecticut History.
  3. Connecticut is a great state to live in.

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

Priority:

1.2-1:   Identify events, people, and historical sites in Connecticut history.

Supporting:

1.2-2:   Analyze the impact of individuals on the history of Connecticut.

1.3-1:   Explain the influences that contributed to European exploration and colonization.

1.3-2:   Track the national origins of prominent individuals – past and present – in Connecticut.

1.6-1:   Trace and explain immigration patterns of settlement in Connecticut over time. 

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

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

 

Important people in American History

(ie: Mark Twain, Nathan Hale, Harriet Beecher Stowe)                        

 

Important events in American History

 

Important Historical Sites in American History

 

Influences that contributed to European exploration and colonization (will be covered in 5th grade)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Identify (people, events, places important in CT History)

 

Analyze the impact they had on us

 

Evaluate accuracy of different points of view of one event

 

Identify the difference between a primary and secondary source

 

Examine national origins of prominent individuals past/present in CT

 

Compose a 3 or more paragraph essay using evidence to describe historical events, people, and/or places.

 

Develop an accurate chart or graph depicting relevant information of CT        (ie: events, immigration, exports, imports, population growth)

 

Identify and Explain immigration patterns of settlement in CT over time (will be covered in 5th grade)

 

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 Assessments

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

  1. Who is Mark Twain and what is he famous for?
  2. What is the Civil War and why is it important?
  3. Why is Connecticut a great state to live in?  What makes it special?

 

“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):

  1. 1 – 3 short-response questions on daily topics
  2. Short Quizzes (True/False, Matching, Fill in Blank)
  3. Oral discussions

      4.   Journal Writings

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

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

from Sea to Shining Sea – Connecticut  (Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin, 1997)

Connecticut Firsts (Wilson H. Faude & Joan W. Friedland, 2000)

Packet - Connecticut:  The Constitution State (Carole Marsh/Gallopade International 2001)

Packet – Connecticut (Carole Marsh/Gallopade International 2001)

Videos of Important People/Places/Events

Computer Lab for Research Information

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

Adriaen Block

Al Capp

ancestors

Barbara McClintock

Battle of Bunker Hill

Benedict Arnold

Benjamin Spock

Civil War

colony

Connecticut

Connecticut River

Constitution

Eleanor Estes

Eli Whitney

Ella T. Grasso

Frederick Law Olmsted

Fundamental Orders

geneticist

glaciers

Great Depression

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Hartford

Ice Age

Jonathan Trumbull

Katharine Hepburn

Lowell P. Weicker, Jr.

Lyman Beecher

manufacturing

Mark Twain

Mount Frissell

mountain laurel

Nathan Hale

Noah Webster

northeasters

peddlers

Phineas T. Barnum

population

Revolutionary War

Roger Sherman

Taconic Mountains

white oak

World War II

Yale University

Field Trips –

Mark Twain House

Harriet Beecher Stowe House

Yale and British Art Museums

Maritime Center

Mystic Seaport

 

Important People/Events Projects (ie: powerpoint, smartboard, report, oral presentations to class)

 

State reports

 

 

Reading

Math

Writing

Spelling

Art

Music