Enduring Understanding:Students will understand that the physical attributes of Utah have changed over time. Essential questions:How did the three major landforms of Utah affect settlement patterns?How did Lake Bonneville change Utah?During this lesson students will use maps to investigate how the geography of Utah has changed over time.
How do you get to school each day? Is it a well known or marked path? What would happen if they didn't know where they were going? Try to draw a map showing them the information they have just provided.
In this lesson, students will research, organize and create a 2-3 minute digital story about 1 of 3 different cultures that have influenced Utah's culture. They can choose from the Fremont People, the Ute Indians, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Pioneers. There are some background lessons and information that will need to be covered in order to finish this final project for 4th grade Utah Social Studies Standard 2 Objective 1. These lessons are linked and highlighted in the Teacher Background section of this lesson plan.There are a few worksheets and mini-lessons (that can be taught in a synchronous manner) associated with this final project that could take 2-3 days to complete and then the digital story can be finished in an hour or two. The final presentation and the mini assignments could all include small group discussions, whole class instruction, and could easily be tailored to teach to students learning virtually.The mini-lessons and supplimental information were found through the UEN website and a youtube video by Nick Epling. Other articles and sources are listed in the materials.
In this lesson, students will explore the differences between early Mormon Pioneer settlement and other Utah Settlement from non-Mormon Groups. The towns of Goshen and Eureka are used as case studies. Students will view maps and photos from these two geographically close locations to compare the spatial expression (layout), built environment (human-made), and place names of each location. Students will generalize these patterns to identify characteristics of Mormon Pioneer settlement and Mining settlements from around the same time.
Students will understand the rights and responsibilities of voting in local, state, and national elections.Essential questions:What are the roles of elected officials in our state government?Why is it important for citizens to vote?Enduring understanding:Students will be able to identify the roles of elected officials in Utah and explain the importance of voting as a citizen of our state.
Enduring understanding: The physical geography of Utah influences where people live.Essential question:How do the physical features and landforms of Utah affect human settlement? This lesson will look at population concentrations in the State of Utah. Students will discuss the physical features that are part of various population centers and look for effects that those features may have on population.