Teaching Materials
Ask a Master Teacher
Lesson Plan Gateway
Lesson Plan Reviews
State Standards
Teaching Guides
Digital Classroom
Ask a Digital Historian
Tech for Teachers
Beyond the Chalkboard
History Content
Ask a Historian
Beyond the Textbook
History Content Gateway
History in Multimedia
Museums and Historic Sites
National Resources
Quiz
Website Reviews
Issues and Research
Report on the State of History Education
Research Briefs
Roundtables
Best Practices
Examples of Historical Thinking
Teaching in Action
Teaching with Textbooks
Using Primary Sources
TAH Projects
Lessons Learned
Project Directors Conference
Project Spotlight
TAH Projects
About
Staff
Partners
Technical Working Group
Research Advisors
Teacher Representatives
Privacy
Quiz Rules
Blog
Outreach
Teaching History.org logo and contact info

Florida: 4th-Grade Standards

  • FL.SS.A.1. Standard / Body Of Knowledge: Time, Continuity, and Change [History]

    The student understands historical chronology and the historical perspective.

    • SS.A.1.2.1 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands how individuals, ideas, decisions, and events can influence history.

      • SS.A.1.2.1 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in Florida history (SS.A.6.2.1.-7.).

    • SS.A.1.2.2 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student uses a variety of methods and sources to understand history (e.g., interpreting diaries, letters, newspapers; and reading maps and graphs) and knows the difference between primary and secondary sources.

      • SS.A.1.2.2 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows different types of primary and secondary sources (for example, artifacts, diaries, letters, photographs, art, documents, newspapers, books, Internet sites about Florida history).

    • SS.A.1.2.3 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands broad categories of time in years, decades, and centuries.

      • SS.A.1.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in Florida history (SS.A.6.2.1-7.)

  • FL.SS.A.2. Standard / Body Of Knowledge: Time, Continuity, and Change [History]

    The student understands the world from its beginnings to the time of the Renaissance.

    • SS.A.2.2.1 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows the significant scientific and technological achievements of various societies (e.g., the invention of paper in China, Mayan calendars, mummification and the use of cotton in Egypt, astronomical discoveries in the Moslem world, and the Arabic number system).

      • SS.A.2.2.1 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in third grade.

    • SS.A.2.2.2 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands developments in transportation and communication in various societies (e.g., the development of extensive road systems in various cultures, the difficulties of travel and communication encountered by people of various culture, the origins and changes in writing and how these changes made communication between people more effective).

      • SS.A.2.2.2 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in third grade.

    • SS.A.2.2.3 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands various aspects of family life, structures, and roles in different cultures and in many eras (e.g., pastoral and agrarian families of early civilizations, families of ancient times, and medieval families).

      • SS.A.2.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in third grade.

    • SS.A.2.2.4 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands the emergence of different laws and systems of government (e.g., monarchy and republic).

      • SS.A.2.2.4 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in third grade.

    • SS.A.2.2.5 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands significant achievements in the humanities to the time of the Renaissance (e.g., Roman architecture and Greek art).

      • SS.A.2.2.5 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content covered in third grade.

    • SS.A.2.2.6 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows how trade led to exploration in other regions of the world (e.g., the explorations of Marco Polo and the Vikings).

      • SS.A.2.2.6 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in third grade.

    • SS.A.2.2.7 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands how developments in the Middle Ages contributed to modern life (e.g., the development of social institutions and organizations, the rise of cities, the formation of guilds, the rise of commerce, the influence of the church, and the rise of universities).

      • SS.A.2.2.7 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in third grade.

  • FL.SS.A.3. Standard / Body Of Knowledge: Time, Continuity, and Change [History]

    The student understands Western and Eastern civilization since the Renaissance.

    • SS.A.3.2.1 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows significant people and their contributions in the field of communication and technology (e.g., inventors of various non-electronic and electronic communication devices such as the steam engine and the television) and the impact of these devices on society.

      • SS.A.3.2.1 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in Florida history (SS.A. 6.2.1-7).

    • SS.A.3.2.2 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows developments in the humanities since the Renaissance (e.g., Renaissance architecture, Japanese and Chinese influences on art, the impact of literary and theatrical development during the Renaissance, changes in music including opera and ballet, and major movements in the arts in 19th -century Europe).

      • SS.A.3.2.2 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed third grade.

    • SS.A.3.2.3 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands the types of laws and government systems that have developed since the Renaissance (e.g., the development of democracy, the rise of totalitarian governments and dictatorships, communism and absolutism).

      • SS.A.3.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in third and fifth grades.

    • SS.A.3.2.4 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands the post-Renaissance consequences of exploration that occurred during the Age of Discovery (e.g., European colonization in North America and British imperial efforts in India and other countries).

      • SS.A.3.2.4 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content covered in third grade and in Florida history (SS.A.6.2.1-3).

  • FL.SS.A.4. Standard / Body Of Knowledge: Time, Continuity, and Change [History]

    The student understands United States history to 1880.

    • SS.A.4.2.1 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands the geographic, economic, political, and cultural factors that characterized early exploration of the Americas.

      • SS.A.4.2.1 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in Florida history (SS.A.6.2.1-3).

    • SS.A.4.2.2 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands why Colonial America was settled in regions.

      • SS.A.4.2.2 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in Florida history (SS.A.6.2.3).

    • SS.A.4.2.3 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows significant social and political events that led to and characterized the American Revolution.

      • SS.A.4.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in fifth grade.

    • SS.A.4.2.4 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows significant historical documents and the principal ideas expressed in them (e.g., Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and the Bill of Rights).

      • SS.A.4.2.4 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in fifth grade.

    • SS.A.4.2.5 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands geographic, economic, and technological features of the growth and change that occurred in America from 1801 to 1861.

      • SS.A.4.2.5 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in Florida history (SS.A.6.2.1-7).

    • SS.A.4.2.6 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows the causes, key events, and effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

      • SS.A.4.2.6 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in Florida history (SS.A.6.2.3).

  • FL.SS.A.5. Standard / Body Of Knowledge: Time, Continuity, and Change [History]

    The student understands United States history from 1880 to the present day.

    • SS.A.5.2.1 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows that after the Civil War, massive immigration, big business, and mechanized farming transformed American life.

      • SS.A.5.2.1 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in Florida history (SS.A.6.2.3).

    • SS.A.5.2.2 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows the social and political consequences of industrialization and urbanization in the United States after 1880.

      • SS.A.5.2.2 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in Florida history (SS.A.6.2.3).

    • SS.A.5.2.3 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows the political causes and outcomes of World War I.

      • SS.A.5.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in fifth grade.

    • SS.A.5.2.4 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands social and cultural transformations of the 1920s and 1930s.

      • SS.A.5.2.4 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in Florida history (SS.A.6.2.3).

    • SS.A.5.2.5 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands the social and economic impact of the Great Depression on American society.

      • SS.A.5.2.5 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in SS.A.6.2.

    • SS.A.5.2.6 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands the political circumstances leading to the involvement of the United States in World War II and the significant military events and personalities that shaped the course of the war.

      • SS.A.5.2.6 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in Florida history (SS.A.6.2.3).

    • SS.A.5.2.7 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows the economic, political, and social transformations that have taken place in the United States since World War II.

      • SS.A.5.2.7 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in Florida history (SS.A.6.2.3).

    • SS.A.5.2.8 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows the political and military aspects of United States foreign relations since World War II.

      • SS.A.5.2.8 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in fifth grade.

  • FL.SS.A.6. Standard / Body Of Knowledge: Time, Continuity, and Change [History]

    The student understands the history of Florida and its people.

    • SS.A.6.2.1 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands reasons that immigrants came to Florida and the contributions of immigrants to the state's history.

      • SS.A.6.2.1 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student understands reasons that immigrants came to Florida (for example, fleeing oppression, economic opportunity, health reasons).

      • SS.A.6.2.1 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows contributions of immigrants to Florida's history, including Hispanics.

    • SS.A.6.2.2 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands the influence of geography on the history of Florida.

      • SS.A.6.2.2 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows selected physical features of Florida (for example, bodies of water, climate, elevation).

      • SS.A.6.2.2 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student understands ways geographic features influenced the exploration, colonization, and expansion of Florida.

    • SS.A.6.2.3 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows the significant individuals, events, and social, political, and economic characteristics of different periods in Florida's history.

      • SS.A.6.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows people and events related to the early exploration of Florida.

      • SS.A.6.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows significant events in the colonial period of Florida.

      • SS.A.6.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows key events leading to Florida becoming a state.

      • SS.A.6.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows causes, key events, and effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction in Florida.

      • SS.A.6.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student understands selected aspects of migration and immigration to Florida after the Civil War (for example, reasons, obstacles, important contributions).

      • SS.A.6.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student understands some ways industrialization and urbanization have affected Florida (for example, the growth of railroads and highways, the development of large population centers, tourism).

      • SS.A.6.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student understands ways Florida changed during the 1920's and 1930's and understands ways everyday life was impacted in Florida by the Great Depression (for example, economic boom and bust).

      • SS.A.6.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows selected economic, political, and social transformations that have taken place in Florida since World War II (for example, civil rights movement, space program).

      • SS.A.6.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student understands the contributions of selected significant men and women, including African Americans and Hispanics, on the development of Florida (for example, Ponce De Leon, Henry Flagler, Mary Bethune Cookman, Chief Osceola, Governor Bob Martinez).

    • SS.A.6.2.4 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands the perspectives of diverse cultural, ethnic, and economic groups with regard to past and current events in Florida's history.

      • SS.A.6.2.4 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student understands the unique and diverse cultural make-up of Florida (for example, Caucasian, Hispanic, Haitian-Creole, African-American).

    • SS.A.6.2.5 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows how various cultures contributed to the unique social, cultural, economic, and political features of Florida.

      • SS.A.6.2.5 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows ways various cultures contributed to the unique social, cultural, economic, and political features of Florida.

    • SS.A.6.2.6 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands the cultural, social, and political features of Native American tribes in Florida's history.

      • SS.A.6.2.6 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student understands selected aspects of the cultural, social, and political features of Native American tribes in the history of Florida.

    • SS.A.6.2.7 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands the unique historical conditions that influenced the formation of the state and how statehood was granted.

      • SS.A.6.2.7 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student understands some unique historical conditions that influenced the formation of the state and how statehood was granted.

  • FL.SS.B.1. Standard / Body Of Knowledge: People, Places, and Environments [Geography]

    The student understands the world in spatial terms.

    • SS.B.1.2.1 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student uses maps, globes, charts, graphs, and other geographic tools including map keys and symbols to gather and interpret data and to draw conclusions about physical patterns.

      • SS.B.1.2.1 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student uses maps, globes, charts, graphs and other geographic tools to gather and interpret data and draw conclusions about physical patterns (for example, in Florida).

    • SS.B.1.2.2 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows how regions are constructed according to physical criteria and human criteria.

      • SS.B.1.2.2 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows how regions in Florida are constructed according to physical criteria and human criteria.

    • SS.B.1.2.3 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student locates and describes the physical and cultural features of major world political regions.

      • SS.B.1.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in third grade.

    • SS.B.1.2.4 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows how changing transportation and communication technology have affected relationships between locations.

      • SS.B.1.2.4 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in third and fifth grades.

    • SS.B.1.2.5 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows ways in which people view and relate to places and regions differently.

      • SS.B.1.2.5 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed at third and fifth grades.

  • FL.SS.B.2. Standard / Body Of Knowledge: People, Places, and Environments [Geography]

    The student understands the interactions of people and the physical environment.

    • SS.B.2.2.1 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands why certain areas of the world are more densely populated than others.

      • SS.B.2.2.1 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in third and fifth grades.

    • SS.B.2.2.2 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands how the physical environment supports and constrains human activities.

      • SS.B.2.2.2 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in third and fifth grades.

    • SS.B.2.2.3 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands how human activity affects the physical environment.

      • SS.B.2.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in third and fifth grades.

    • SS.B.2.2.4 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands how factors such as population growth, human migration, improved methods of transportation and communication, and economic development affect the use and conservation of natural resources.

      • SS.B.2.2.4 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in SS.B.2.2.3.

  • FL.SS.C.1. Standard / Body Of Knowledge: Government and the Citizen [Civics and Government]

    The student understands the structure, functions, and purpose of government and how the principles and values of American democracy are reflected in American constitutional government.

    • SS.C.1.2.1 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student identifies the structure and function of local, state, and federal governments under the framework of the Constitutions of Florida and the United States.

      • SS.C.1.2.1 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student understands the functions of government under the framework of the Florida Constitution.

      • SS.C.1.2.1 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows the branches of Florida state government.

    • SS.C.1.2.2 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands the structure, functions, and primary responsibilities of executive, legislative, and judicial branches of governments and understands how all three branches of government promote the common good and protect individual rights.

      • SS.C.1.2.2 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student understands the structure, functions, and primary responsibilities of executive, legislative, and judicial branches of Florida government.

      • SS.C.1.2.2 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student understands ways all three branches of government promote the common good and protect individual rights.

    • SS.C.1.2.3 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows the names of his or her representatives at the local, state, and national levels (e.g., city council members, state representatives, and members of Congress) and the name of his or her representatives in the executive branches of government at the local, state, and national levels (e.g., mayor, governor, and president).

      • SS.C.1.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows the names of his or her representatives at the local and state level (for example, mayor, governor, city council members, state legislative representatives).

    • SS.C.1.2.4 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows possible consequences of the absence of government, rules, and laws.

      • SS.C.1.2.4 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in third grade.

    • SS.C.1.2.5 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows the basic purposes of government in the United States and knows the basic things governments do in one's school, community, state, and nation.

      • SS.C.1.2.5 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows basic things Florida government does in one's school, community, state, and nation.

  • FL.SS.C.2. Standard / Body Of Knowledge: Government and the Citizen [Civics and Government]

    The student understands the role of the citizen in American democracy.

    • SS.C.2.2.1 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands the importance of participation through community service, civic improvement, and political activities.

      • SS.C.2.2.1 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student understands the importance of participation through community service, civic improvement, and political activities at the local and state level.

    • SS.C.2.2.2 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands why personal responsibility (e.g., taking advantage of the opportunity to be educated) and civic responsibility (e.g., obeying the law and respecting the rights of others) are important.

      • SS.C.2.2.2 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student extends and refines understanding of ways personal and civic responsibility are important.

    • SS.C.2.2.3 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows that a citizen is a legally recognized member of the United States who has certain rights and privileges and certain responsibilities (e.g., privileges such as the right to vote and hold public office and responsibilities such as respecting the law, voting, paying taxes, and serving on juries).

      • SS.C.2.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in fifth grade.

    • SS.C.2.2.4 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows examples of the extension of the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship.

      • SS.C.2.2.4 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in fifth grade.

    • SS.C.2.2.5 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows what constitutes personal, political, and economic rights and why they are important and knows examples of contemporary issues regarding rights.

      • SS.C.2.2.5 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in fifth grade.

  • FL.SS.D.1. Standard / Body Of Knowledge: Production, Distribution, and Consumption [Economics]

    The student understands how scarcity requires individuals and institutions to make choices about how to use resources.

    • SS.D.1.2.1 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands that all decisions involve opportunity costs and that making effective decisions involves considering the costs and the benefits associated with alternative choices.

      • SS.D.1.2.1 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows examples from Florida history that demonstrate an understanding that all decisions involve opportunity costs and that making effective decisions involves considering the costs and the benefits associated with alternative choices.

    • SS.D.1.2.2 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands that scarcity of resources requires choices on many levels, from the individual to societal.

      • SS.D.1.2.2 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows examples of scarcity in Florida.

    • SS.D.1.2.3 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands the basic concept of credit.

      • SS.D.1.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in fifth grade.

    • SS.D.1.2.4 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands that any consumer (e.g., an individual, a household, or a government) has certain rights.

      • SS.D.1.2.4 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in fifth grade.

    • SS.D.1.2.5 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands the concept of earning income and the basic concept of a budget.

      • SS.D.1.2.5 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows the concept of earning income.

      • SS.D.1.2.5 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows the basic concept of a budget.

  • FL.SS.D.2. Standard / Body Of Knowledge: Production, Distribution, and Consumption [Economics]

    The student understands the characteristics of different economic systems and institutions.

    • SS.D.2.2.1 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands economic specialization and how specialization generally affects costs, amount of goods and services produced, and interdependence.

      • SS.D.2.2.1 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in third and fifth grades.

    • SS.D.2.2.2 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands the roles that money plays in a market economy.

      • SS.D.2.2.2 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in third and fifth grades.

    • SS.D.2.2.3 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student understands the services that banks and other financial institutions in the economy provide to consumers, savers, borrowers, and businesses.

      • SS.D.2.2.3 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        No grade level expectation - Content addressed in fifth grade.

    • SS.D.2.2.4 Benchmark / Big Idea:

      The student knows that the government provides some of the goods and services that we use and that the government pays for the goods and services it provides through taxing and borrowing.

      • SS.D.2.2.4 Benchmark / Descriptor:

        The student knows ways the state government provides goods and services through taxation (for example, education).

 
Content