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Social Studies Curriculum Social Studies - 4th Grade
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Standard 3

Students will understand the roles of civic life, politics, and government in the lives of Utah citizens.
  • Ben's Guide to the Branches of Government
    Use this link to find out the different branches of our national government.
  • Ben's Guide to US Government for Kids
    Explore branches of the government, how laws are made, the difference between National and State government, etc.
  • Cultural Contributions
    This program introduces students to the field of archeology and its role in preserving our human past. Students experiment with making cordage, rock art, and pottery. Students learn how to enjoy archeological sites without damaging them and are introduced to some of the threats to preserving past cultures, such as vandalism of archeological living sites and rock art.
  • Governor's Office of Economic Development
    Current information about Utah, its government, and why it Utah is the place to be.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Presidential Families
    The lessons in this unit provide an opportunity for students to learn about and discuss two U.S. families in which both the father and son became President. Students will address questions such as: What types of people might become President of the United States? What type of training as a child do you think these father/son pairs had to enable them to become President? Students will explore how these Presidential sons were like their fathers, and will personally explore how they think they are like their own parents.
  • Symbols of U.S. Government
    This site will help students identify and show respect for national symbols such as the U.S. flag and the bald eagle.
  • Teaching with Utah History
    These Utah-based lessons and primary sources are geared for upper elementary and secondary students. They offer local examples of major themes in American and Utah history, world history, geography, economics, earth science/ecology/environmental studies, and more.
  • UEN Civics: Government, Citizenship, Elections
    Find out the basics of Government, Citizenship, and Elections with this extensive UEN collection of Social Studies websites.
  • Utah Counties
    This site provides interesting facts, a short history, photos, and supportive web links for each county in Utah.
  • Utah Division of Indian Affairs
    This website has a collection of information and links concerning Utah's Indian tribes both past and present. This site is a good source for information on Utah tribes and basic information including history and government. This site also has sites for Tribal Land Maps, Utah Tribes Today, Speakers Bureau, Tribally/BIA Operated Schools, American Indian Contacts and Links.
  • Utah State Capitol Building
    Pictures and information about the Utah State Capitol building, including new renovations. Links include a timeline, activities for kids, and architecture websites.
  • Utah State Capitol Building Tour
    A self guided online tour to explore the capitol and some of Utah's history.
  • Utah State Symbols
    Click on the links and learn the fascinating history of our state symbols.
  • Women Making Utah History
    Better Days 2020 has developed curriculum devoted to introducing students to Utah's role in women's voting rights from 1870 to the present day.

UEN logo - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Robert  Austin and see the Social Studies website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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