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Indiana Standards for Fourth Grade Social Studies

IN.CG. Civics and Government

4.2. Students will describe the components and characteristics of Indiana’s constitutional form of government; explain the levels and three branches of Indiana’s government; understand citizenship rights and responsibilities; investigate civic and political issues and problems; use inquiry and communication skills to report findings in charts, graphs, written and verbal forms; and demonstrate responsible citizenship by exercising civic virtues and participation skills.

Foundations of Government
4.2.1. Explain the major purposes of Indiana’s Constitution as stated in the Preamble.
4.2.2. Describe individual rights, such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the right to public education, that people have under Indiana’s Bill of Rights (Article I of the Constitution).
Functions of Government
4.2.3. Identify and explain the major responsibilities of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of state government as written in the Indiana Constitution.
4.2.4. Identify major state offices, the duties and powers associated with them, and how they are chosen, such as by election or appointment.
Roles of Citizens
4.2.5. Give examples of how citizens can participate in their state government and explain the right and responsibility of voting.
4.2.6. Define and provide examples of civic virtues in a democracy.
4.2.7. Use a variety of information resources to take a position or recommend a course of action on a public issue relating to Indiana’s past or present.

IN.E. Economics

4.4. Students will study and compare the characteristics of Indiana’s changing economy in the past and present.

4.4.10. Explain how people save, and develop a savings plan in order to make a future purchase.
4.4.4. Explain that prices change as a result of changes in supply and demand for specific products.
4.4.8. Define profit and describe how profit is an incentive for entrepreneurs.

IN.G. Geography

4.3. Students will explain how the Earth/sun relationship influences the climate of Indiana; identify the components of Earth’s physical systems; describe the major physical and cultural characteristics of Indiana; give examples of how people have adapted to and modified their environment, past and present; and identify regions of Indiana.

Environment and Society
4.3.11. Create maps of Indiana at different times in history showing regions and major physical and cultural features; give examples of how people in Indiana have modified their environment over time.
4.3.12. Read and interpret thematic maps — such as transportation, population and products — to acquire information about Indiana in the present and the past.
Physical Systems
4.3.5. Explain how glaciers shaped Indiana’s landscape and environment.
4.3.6. Describe Indiana’s landforms (lithosphere), water features (hydrosphere), and plants and animals (biosphere).
4.3.7. Explain the effect of the Earth/sun relationship on the climate of Indiana.
Places and Regions
4.3.3. Locate Indiana on a map as one of the 50 United States. Identify and describe the location of the state capital, major cities and rivers in Indiana, and place these on a blank map of the state.
4.3.4. Map and describe the physical regions of Indiana and identify major natural resources and crop regions.
The World in Spatial Terms
4.3.1. Use latitude and longitude to identify physical and human features of Indiana.
4.3.2. Estimate distances between two places on a map, using a scale of miles, and use cardinal and intermediate directions when referring to relative location.

IN.H. History

4.1. Students will trace the historical periods, places, people, events and movements that have led to the development of Indiana as a state.

Historical Knowledge: American Indians and the Arrival of Europeans to 1770
4.1.1. Identify and compare the major early cultures that existed in the region that became Indiana prior to contact with Europeans. (Individuals, Society and Culture)
4.1.2. Identify and describe historic Native American Indian groups that lived in Indiana at the time of early European exploration, including ways these groups adapted to and interacted with the physical environment. (Individuals, Society and Culture)
Historical Knowledge: Statehood: 1816 to 1851
4.1.5. Identify the causes of removal of Native American Indian groups in the state and their resettlement during the 1830s. (Individuals, Society and Culture)
Historical Knowledge: The American Revolution and the Indiana Territory: 1770s to 1816
4.1.4. Summarize and explain the significance of key documents in Indiana’s development from a United States territory to statehood.
Historical Knowledge: The Civil War Era and Later Development: 1850 to 1900
4.1.7. Explain the roles of various individuals, groups and movements in the social conflicts leading to the Civil War. (Individuals, Society and Culture)