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Students discuss major causes of earthquakes and identify famous fault lines, access and map information about ten largest earthquakes in world from 1989 to 1998, and theorize about location of these earthquakes as they relate to Earth's tectonic plates. Students then track current quakes online for one week, and create multimedia presentation describing how and why earthquakes occur.
Students examine the geography of Utah and the Pony Express in Utah. For this Utah and Pony Express lesson, students examine background information before completing mapping and art activities about the purpose and routes of the Pony Express. They determine why the service quickly became obsolete.
Students are introduced to map and globe skills. They use grids and are able to construct their own simple maps of familiar places. Students are able to define a map, globe, and symbol and use the direction words north, south, east, and west to describe movements. They are able to use a grid to construct a map of their own.
Fourth graders study Louisiana's Acadian history by examining the how Acadians came to the area. They examine the cultural and historical contributions of the different ethnic groups. They complete map work, read literature, watch a video, and study the Creole culture. Finally, they take a multiple choice assessment.