Grade 4 Social Studies

In Grade 4 Social Studies, our students will explore early societies up to 1500 CE. They will investigate social and political organizations and how scientific and technological developments impacted these early societies. Students will learn about the different political, landform, and climate regions of Canada. They will also analyze the different types of industry that occur in these regions and the environmental impact of such industries. This course is designed to be 50-75 instructional hours.

Curriculum Information: Social Studies (2018)

Developed by: D2L

Development Date: 2021

Please note that elementary courses do not have prerequisites, and Ontario schools do not issue transcript credits at the elementary level. All courses are available in the facilitated and independent pathways.



Early Societies to 1500 CE

In the Early Societies to 1500 CE unit, students will compare key aspects of life in a few early societies. They will describe the differences between some of these early societies and present-day Canadian society. They will investigate the ways of life and relationships with the environment in a few early societies. Lastly, students will learn about political and social organization, daily life, and relationships with the environment in a few early societies.

Political Regions of Canada

In the Political Regions of Canada unit, students will demonstrate an understanding of the how industrial development and the natural environment affect each other in different political and physical regions of Canada. They will also learn about the challenges of balancing human wants and needs with the environment. Lastly, students will identify Canada’s political and physical regions and be able to describe their main characteristics and the activities that take place within them.

This course is entirely online and does not require nor rely on any textbook. Students will require the following resources:

  • A scanner, smartphone camera, or similar device to digitize handwritten or hand-drawn work
  • A device to record audio
  • A printer
  • A physical binder, folder, or notebook for offline activities
  • Various household items to complete offline activities
  • Coloured pencils, ruler, pencil

Through a balance of problem-solving and direct instruction, students develop a strong foundation of social studies processes, knowledge, and skills to apply in real-world contexts. The course utilizes a combination of technology and offline activities, providing opportunities to develop an understanding of skills and concepts in interactive and concrete ways and engage multiple learning styles. The lessons feature a variety of intriguing storylines, characters, videos, storybooks, and interactive games to reinforce students’ learning. These activities also build a foundation of social studies-related terms that students will use throughout the elementary grades.

The course relies on the assistance of a teacher to support young students through the content. The teacher will be involved in facilitating the course content, and participating in discussion-based activities to assist students in developing communication skills.

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