• Grade 4:  New York State and Local History and Government

    In fourth grade, students will study “New York State and Local History and Government

    Our fourth graders engage in structured inquiry to learn about: 


    Civic Ideals and Practices

    Development, Movement, and Interaction of Cultures

    Geography, Humans and the Environment

    Development and Transformation of Social Structures

    Time, Continuity, and Change 

    Creation, Expansion, and Interaction of Economic  Systems

    Power, Authority, and Governance

    Science, Technology, and Innovation

    Global Connections and Exchange


    Grade 4 Social Studies is focused on New York State and local communities and their change over time, incorporating the study of geography, history, economics, and government. Students will make local connections throughout the year. The year is divided into seven Key Ideas that span the State’s history from before the European colonial era to the modern period. The Key Ideas allow students to make connections to present-day New York State and the local community.