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NYCDOE: Passport to Social Studies - grade 4, unit 1

This is the first unit of the Grade 4 Scope and Sequence, title: The Geography of New York State. This unit was developed by a team of DOE staff and teachers, in collaboration with social scientists and cultural partners. Representative lessons from this unit include:

  • Lesson 4 - students create a flipbook to show the relationship between their neighborhood compared to the larger borough, city, state, country, continent, hemisphere, and world.
  • Lesson 8 - students identify the five most populated cities in New York by comparing a population map to a political map and discuss the factors that many have contributed to those cities having large populations.
  • Lesson 10 - students compare and contrast geographic features of the New York City region.

The unit culminates in a Performance Based Assessment that asks students to write an expository essay comparing and contrasting geographic features in the New York City region and another selected region.

Please note: the complete set of NYCDOE K-8: Passport to Social Studies Core Curriculum materials include a variety of documents, trade books, and primary sources, in addition to this unit of study. To support rigorous social studies instruction and student inquiry, it is recommended that you utilize this unit of study in conjunction with these resources. 

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Quality Review Indicators 1.3 Leveraging ResourcesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1a: Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and PedagogyDanielson Framework for Teaching 1b: Demonstrating Knowledge of StudentsDanielson Framework for Teaching 1c: Setting Instructional OutcomesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1d: Demonstrating Knowledge of ResourcesDanielson Framework for Teaching 1e: Designing Coherent InstructionDanielson Framework for Teaching 1f: Designing Student Assessments
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