Social Studies

Fourth Grade Social Studies Standards

Power Standards (Listed) and Supporting Standards (Italicized) 


  • Define democracy and explain how limited participation affects the political representation of multiple groups (SS.4.CV.2)
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of government officials at the local, State and national levels and investigate how the roles and responsibilities of government have changed over time. (SS.4.CV.1)
  • Identify core civic virtues and democratic principles that guide governments, society, and communities. (SS.4.CV.3)
  • Using evidence, explain how rules, regulations, and laws alter or transform societies and how people from multiple communities influence and experience this transformation. (SS.4.CV.4)


  • Explain that income can be saved, spent on goods and services, or used to pay taxes. (SS.EC.FL.4.4)
  • Explain how profits reward and influence sellers. (SS.EC.1.4) 
  • Analyze how spending choices are influenced by price as well as many other factors (e.g. advertising, peer pressure, options) (SS.EC.FL.3.4).
  • Describe how goods and services are produced using human, natural, and capital resources (SS.EC.2.4)


  • Study important individuals or major events in order to recognize and explain that there are multiple cultural perspectives. (SS.4.H.1)
  • Generate questions about multiple historical sources and their relationships to particular historical events and developments. (SS.4.H.2.)
  • Explain probable causes and effects of events and developments in Illinois history. (SS.4.H.3.)


  • Explain how the cultural and environmental characteristics of places change over time. (SS.4.G.2.)
  • Construct print and digital maps and other topographic representations to show the details of places and regions and their environmental characteristics. (SS.4.G.1.)
  • Investigate the human effects on the physical environment over time. (SS.4.G.3.)

Social Studies Inquiry Standards

  • Generate important questions to address local, regional, state, national, and global problems.
  • Create action steps to find answers to questions.
  • Evaluate and use credible sources that represent multiple points of view.
  • Develop claims, formulate explanations,  and construct arguments using relevant evidence and data from multiple sources to answer important questions.
  • Share findings with authentic audiences using a variety of technologies to enhance the message.
  • Reflect on one’s inquiry process and findings to take informed action.