Segment A of Social Studies 4 has as its primary focus geography. Geography is used to explain the past, interpret the present, and plan for the future. Places and regions have physical and human characteristics, and one’s culture and experiences may influence perception of place. Geographic representations are essential to explain the spatial organization of people, places, and environments. Places and regions have physical and human characteristics, and one’s culture and experiences may influence perception of place. The location of resources, transportation, communication networks, and technological innovation affect international economic patterns and the distribution of wealth.

Segment B of Social Studies 4 focuses on the Northeast Region, and briefly revisits the early history of our country. Students then learn to look at the country by different types of regions, physical, political, economic, etc. Geographic representations are essential to explain the spatial organization of people, places and environments.

PRE-REQUISITES: None

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT A

What is Geography?

  • Location
  • Place: Physical and Human Characteristics
  • Human-Environment Interaction
  • Movement

Understanding Regions of the United States

  • The Northeast
  • The Southeast
  • The Midwest
  • The Southwest
  • The West

Pennsylvania History

  • The First Pennsylvanians
  • Worlds Collide
  • Colonial Pennsylvania
  • Birthplace of a Nation
  • An Industrial Giant

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT B

Northeast Region

  • The Northeast Region
  • Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont
  • Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island
  • New York and New Jersey
  • Maryland and Delaware
  • Pennsylvania

The Story of America

  • The First Americans
  • European Explorers
  • A New Nation
  • Famous American Landmarks
  • Famous Americans

Types of Regions

  • Regions, Regions, Regions
  • Physical Regions
  • Political Geography
  • Cultural Regions
  • Economic Regions

LINKS TO FULL COURSE CURRICULUM MAPS

SEGMENT A

SEGMENT B