INFOhio has lots of great tools to support blended learning in the 4th grade social studies classroom! Take this content statement from Ohio's Grade 4 Social Studies Standards for example: The order of significant events in Ohio and the United States can be shown on a timeline. Use World Book Timelines to meet this standard.
Before students start their timelines, though, assign different groups of students to read different social studies texts from INFOhio's Storia 4th Grade Collection. Non-fiction social studies eBooks in this collection include:
I Am #1: Sacagawea
The Declaration of Independence (Cornerstones of Freedom. Third Series)
U.S. People and Places: Native Americans
U.S. People and Places: U.S. Regions
Immigration (Cornerstones of Freedom. Third Series)
Don't have a teacher access code for Storia yet? It's free and easy for Ohio 4th grade teachers to get an account. Just complete the form here. Once you've got your access code, you can create accounts for all 4th graders in your school and start assigning eBooks.
Then read about important events in Ohio and US history in World Book Kids or World Book Student. World Book Student even has a great feature that allows students to compare places.
Decide whether you want to compare continents, countries, or states and then choose those you want to compare to learn key facts about each.
Along with encyclopedia articles, students can find maps, images, tables, related websites, and more.
Once students know some key events in Ohio or US history, open World Book Timelines and choose "Create a Timeline."
Search World Book content to add media to your timeline.
Name your timeline.
Search World Book articles to add events to your timeline.
Create your own events and add them to your timeline with images.
Students can create World Book accounts to save their timelines and come back to them later. Students not only learn about reading timelines, they develop technical skills and demonstrate creativity while learning about important events in Ohio or US history!
Erica Clay has been a member of INFOhio's Instructional Team since December 2013. She earned a BA in English and Music and a Master of Humanities from Wright State University, and a Master of Library Science from Indiana University. As an ILibrarian, Erica evaluates and selects digital tools and resources aligned with Ohio Learning Standards, and supports integration of those tools and resources into classroom instruction. She also collects, analyzes, and shares INFOhio usage data to inform instructional design, and writes for INFOhio's social media, blog, and news.