4th Grade Science and Social Studies

Through a variety of carefully selected nonfiction texts, students explore the physical, geographical, societal, and political factors that influence change in our world.

Course Summary

In this fourth-grade course, students explore a wide variety of social studies and science topics while building their skills in informational reading and writing. All three social studies units challenge students to think about how conflict and courageous individuals can create change, what it means to stand up for what you believe, and how the centuries-long struggle for freedom and equal rights has helped make the American promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness a reality for all Americans. It is our hope that the three units will inspire and motivate students to fight for the change they wish to see in the world, no matter what obstacles may stand in the way. The two science units challenge students to learn about the world around them, including natural disasters and energy. 

Our 4th Grade Science and Social Studies course is one component of our complete English Language Arts program, paired with our 4th Grade Literature course and Independent Reading. To learn more, see the Pacing Guide for this course.



Natural Disasters

Students learn the science behind natural disasters, such as volcanoes, earthquakes, hurricanes, and wildfires, with an emphasis on how natural disasters happen. 

26 Lessons


American Revolution

Students examine the ideas and values behind the American Revolution, and what drove the colonists to seek independence, through nonfiction texts including Liberty! How the Revolutionary War Began.

27 Lessons


Government and Biographies of Famous Leaders

Students explore the structure of the American government, the three branches of government, the history of women's suffrage, and read biographies about famous Americans who fought for change.

28 Lessons



Students explore how energy is transferred and how it can be converted into different forms, and learn about renewable and nonrenewable energy while looking towards the world’s energy future.

14 Lessons


Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

Students read about and discuss United States history, from slavery to the civil rights movement, grappling with the discrimination and broken promises that African Americans faced.

29 Lessons

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