Grade 4 Social Studies

Standard 3: Regions of the US

Content Standard 3: The student will analyze the human characteristics of the United States and how geography impacts historic events.
Identify and describe early settlement patterns of regions in the United States.
A. Draw conclusions from maps to show how climate, vegetation, natural resources, and historic events affect the location and growth of settlements.
B. Identify major American Indian groups and their ways of life in each region, including economic activities, customs, and viewpoints on land usage and ownership.
C. Summarize the reasons for key expeditions of North America by Spain, France, and England and their impact on the development of each region.
D. Identify push and pull factors of human migration.
E. Evaluate the impact of the Columbian Exchange on American Indian groups, African slaves and European settlers, including agriculture, trade, culture, military alliances, control of territory, and the sudden and significant decline of indigenous peoples.
Examine the characteristics of culture, including the distribution and complexity of the regions of the United States.
A. Identify the characteristics of culture (language, customs, beliefs, food, clothing, shelter) and compare the cultural characteristics of different regions of the United States.
B. Explain how the characteristics of culture affect the ways in which people live.