Grade 4 CC Social Studies for iPad

Grade 4
Social Studies
Unit 1: Map Skills—Examining the United States’ Place in the World
Physical and Human Systems
Differentiate between countries, states, parishes, and cities (G-1C-E6)
Activity 7: Our Location in the World (GLE: 15)
Materials List: journals/compositions; outline map of the world; United States, state, and parish
maps; crayons/color pencils; chart/poster; atlases
Provide students with outline maps of the world (an iPad). Using the Nations app, Have students
locate and color the United States. Provide students with an outline map of the United States.
Have students locate and color Louisiana. Provide students with an outline map of Louisiana.
Have students locate and color their parish. Provide students with a parish map. Have students
locate and place a star on the city or town where they live.
Internet Resources:
 Outline Map of the World:
 Outline Map of the United States:
 Outline Map of Louisiana:
 Outline Parish Maps (Click on the parish where you live):
Using Popplet Lite App, Next, ask the students to brainstorm (view literacy strategy
descriptions) a list of all of the cities, parishes, states, countries, and continents that they know.
This can be done as a whole class activity by posting chart paper around the room (make one
chart for each category: city, parish/county, state/province, country, and continent) and Using
Popplet, allow students to brainstorm a list for each category. Define each category for the
students, writing the definitions on the charts.
 City - a very large or important town
 Parish/County - a division or part of a state with its own local government
 State/Province - a political unit that is a part of a country
 Country - a part of the world with its own borders and government
 Continent - one of the seven large divisions of land on the earth
Prior to doing this activity, students will need to research ( using the internet on iPad) the
population of their city, which can usually be found on that city’s official website or they can go
to and on the homepage go to population finders and type in the name of
their city and get population data. As of July 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates Louisiana’s
population at 4.2 million, the population of the U.S. at 298 million, the population of North
America is estimated to be 875 million, and the population of the world at 6.5 billion. Have
students try to estimate the populations of their city, parish, state, country, and continent and then
give them the actual data. Also point out to students the number of parishes in Louisiana (64),
states in the U.S. (50), and countries in the world (estimated at 193). Students can record these
facts in their social studies journals/compositions. Use notetaking app to record notes.
After taking notes, explain to students that they are going to play a game where they try to figure
out if a location is a city, parish, state, country, or continent. Provide all students with an atlas. an
iPad. Suggest that students use the index to look up what page of the atlas to find each location.
They can then determine what each place is by looking at the map legend and figuring out what
different font types and symbols represent different entities. As students determine the status of
each location, they can add them to their brainstorm lists.
The following locations may be used for the game: Africa, Georgia, Cincinnati, Antarctica,
Idaho, Nigeria, Argentina, Illinois, North America, Asia, India, Ohio, Bangladesh, Indonesia,
Pakistan, Beijing, Japan, Pennsylvania, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires,
Russia, Cairo, Los Angeles, South America, California, Mexico City, St. Paul, Canada,
Michigan, Sudan, China, Minneapolis, Texas, Europe, Missouri, Tokyo, Florida, United States,
France, New Jersey, Vermilion, Plaquemines.
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