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Social Studies Curriculum Social Studies - 4th Grade
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Standard 2

Students will understand how Utah's history has been shaped by many diverse people, events, and ideas.

Objective 2

Describe ways that Utah has changed over time.

  • 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.
  • Dominguez and Escalante Expedition 1776
    Maps and information about the Dominguez and Escalante Expedition 1776 from the Uintah Basin-Teaching American History project.
  • Explorers
    The Enchanted Learning features and alphabetical listing of the explorers. Click on the appropriate letter of the alphabet to find an explorer.
  • Heritage Gateways
    This is the official Utah sesquicentennial web site for K-12 education. It features information about the Mormon Pioneer Trail as well as interaction with the modern-day pioneers on the trail during the 1997 summer months
  • I Love History
    Kids can find historical facts, photos, quizzes, and lots of fun things on the Utah History for Kids web site.
  • Kearns Mansion: Interactive Game
    Learn about the Kearns family and life in turn-of-the-century Utah as you solve clues to find the five silver coins hidden in the Kearns Mansion in an online, interactive game.
  • The Impact of the Transcontinental Railroad
    Analyzing archival material such as photos, documents, and posters, students can truly appreciate the phenomenon of the Transcontinental Railroad. They can begin to answer some important questions: Why was the Transcontinental Railroad built? How did it affect Native Americans? Other minorities? How was the environment affected? What were the advantages of railroad travel? Who used the railroads, and why? Who built the railroad?
  • 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 History to Go: Utah Chapters of History
    Different chapters of Utah History including: The Beautiful Country; Uninhabited The Land, Utah's First People-American Indians; Trappers, Traders, & Explorers; This is the Place-Pioneers & Cowboys; The Road to Industrialization-Mining & Railroads; A New Century-Statehood & the Progressive Era; The Fight For Freedom & Prosperity-From War to War; Bedroom Communities & Commuting-Utah Today.

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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