_Indiana in the Nation and the World Students in Grade 4 study Indiana and its relationships to regional, national and world communities, including the influence of physical and cultural environments on the state’s growth and development and principles and practices of citizenship and government in Indiana.
The Indiana’s K – 8 academic standards for social studies are organized around four content areas. The content area standards and the types of learning experiences they provide to students in Grade 4 are described below.
Standard 1 — History Students will trace the historical periods, places, people, events and movements that have led to the development of Indiana as a state.
Standard 2 — Civics and Government 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.
Standard 3 — Geography 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.
Standard 4 — Economics Students will study and compare the characteristics of Indiana’s changing economy in the past and present.