Fourth Grade SS Lessons

Theme:  Ohio in the United States




Content Statement #1. The order of significant events in Ohio and the United States can be shown on a timeline.


Ohio History Central (resource site)

The Evolution of Ohio

Ohio’s Prehistory Timeline

Freedom Timeline (printable PDF)

Events in Ohio History

Timeline Generator Tool

Timeline Resources


Content Statement #2. Primary and secondary sources can be used to create historical narratives.


Ohio Historical Resources

Teaching with Documents

Book on the history of Darke County


Content Statement #3. Various groups of people have lived in Ohio over time including prehistoric and historic American Indians, migrating settlers and immigrants. Interactions among these groups have resulted in both cooperation and conflict.


Information on Prehistory of Ohio

Historic American Indian lessons

Frontier Conflict lessons


Content Statement #4.  The 13 colonies came together around a common cause of liberty and justice, uniting to fight for independence during the American Revolution and to form a new nation.


How America Began (printal PDF)

American Revolution Web Resources

Colonial America Lesson Packet (prinable PDF)

Many links to lessons and resources over American Revolution


Content Statement #5.  The Northwest Ordinance established a process for the creation of new states and specified democratic ideals to be incorporated in the states of the Northwest Territory.


Northwest Ordinance lesson (printable PDF)

Northwest Ordinance lesson plan

Treaty of Greenville lesson

Resources for Northwest Ordinance


Content Statement #6.  The inability to resolve standing issues with Great Britain and ongoing conflicts with American Indians led the United States into the War of 1812. Victory in the Battle of Lake Erie contributed to American success in the war.


War of 1812 Unit (printable PDF)

Info on Oliver Perry and Battle of Lake Erie

Webquest over the War of 1812

Re-living History War of 1812

War of 1812 Website


Content Statement #7.  Sectional issues divided the United States after the War of 1812. Ohio played a key role in these issues, particularly with the anti-slavery movement and the Underground Railroad.


Anti-slavery Information from Ohio

Lesson resources for Underground Railroad


Content Statement #8.  Many technological innovations that originated in Ohio benefited the United States.


Ohio Inventors (printable PDF lesson)

How Ohioians Changed the World

Ohio Connections to Transportation Innovations

Activities on Canals and Transportation

Video on Progress of Transportation

Ohio and Erie Canal Lessons

Impact of Railroads lesson




Content Statement #9.   A map scale and cardinal and intermediate directions can be used to describe the relative location of physical and human characteristics of Ohio and the United States.


Which Direction Should I Go?

Getting Lost

Compass Lesson Resources

Where in the World is Ohio?

Map Adventure Lesson 7 – Map Scale


Content Statement #10.   The economic development of the United States continues to influence and be influenced by agriculture, industry and natural resources in Ohio.


Ohio Markets (printable PDF lesson)

Current Ohio Economics Report (content resource)

Why Does Ohio Specialize and Trade? (printable PDF lesson)


Content Statement #11.   The regions of the United States known as the North, South and West developed in the early 1800s largely based on their physical environments and economies.


Improvements in Transportation and Increase in Expansion (content resource)

Info on Growth of Regionalization (content resource)


Content Statement #12.  People have modified the environment since prehistoric times. There are both positive and negative consequences for modifying the environment in Ohio and the United States.


Changes in Ohio Environments (printable PDF lesson)

People and Endangered Species

Really Wild Animals

Bird Bath


Content Statement #13.  The population of the United States has changed over time, becoming more diverse (e.g., racial, ethnic, linguistic, religious). Ohio’s population has become increasingly reflective of the cultural diversity of the United States.


Cultural Groups in Ohio Lessons (printable PDF lesson)

Human Migration: The Story of a Community’s Culture  (also in third grade)

Community Cultural Trunk (needs modified from Utah)  (also in third grade)

Fashion Through Time


Content Statement #14. Ohio’s location in the United States and its transportation systems continue to influence the movement of people, products and ideas.


Improvements in Transportation and Increase in Expansion (content resource)




Content Statement #15. Individuals have a variety of opportunities to participate in and influence their state and national government. Citizens have both rights and responsibilities in Ohio and the United States.


Spoon Full of Rights

Responsibilities and Rights

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution

Rights and Responsibilities Smart Board lessons

Introduction Unit of Rights and Responsibilities (printable PDF lesson)

Rights and Responsibilities (printable PDF lesson)


Content Statement #16. Civic participation requires individuals to make informed and reasoned decisions by accessing and using information effectively.


Being an Informed Voter (printable PDF lesson)


Content Statement #17. Effective participants in a democratic society engage in compromise.


Compromise and the Constitution

Constitution Convention

Compromise of the Century (content resource)


Content Statement #18. Laws can protect rights, provide benefits and assign responsibilities.


Judges in the Classroom

Creating a Bill of Rights in Space

Candy Game (printable PDF lesson)

No Animals Allowed on School Grounds (printable PDF lesson) – Powerpoint to go with the lesson

Planet Lawlessness (printable PDF lesson)


Content Statement #19. The U.S. Constitution establishes a system of limited government and protects citizens’ rights; five of these rights are addressed in the First Amendment.


The First Amendment (printable PDF lesson)

Resources for Teaching First Amendment

What’s It All About?

Blogging the Bill of Rights (printable PDF lesson)

Exercising My First Amendment Freedoms (printable PDF lesson)

First Amendment Rights indvidual lessons

Bill of Rights Printable Chart


Content Statement #20. A constitution is a written plan for government. Democratic constitutions provide the framework for government in Ohio and the United States.


The Invaders (printable PDF lesson)

Constitution for Kids  (resource info)


Content Statement #21. The Ohio Constitution and the U.S. Constitution separate the major responsibilities of government among three branches.


Balancing Three Branches at Once

Ben’s Guide to the Branches of Government

Resources for Branches of Government




Content Statement #22. Tables and charts help people to understand information and issues. Tables organize information in columns and rows. Charts organize information in a variety of visual formats (pictures, diagrams, graphs).


Family Charts and Graph Printable activity


Embed in other lessons and in math


Content Statement #23. Entrepreneurs organize productive resources and take risks to make a profit and compete with other producers.


What Makes an Entrepreneur?

Entrepreneur Classroom Activities

I Can Be an Entrepreneur

Ohio Business Unit


Content Statement #24. Saving a portion of income contributes to an individual‘s financial well-being. Individuals can reduce spending to save more of their income.


One Hen

ABC’s of Savings

Money Comes and Goes