Grade 4 Unit Study

Here are 36 unit study ideas for 4th grade with instructions for each:

Week 1: Solar System

  • Research the eight planets and their characteristics
  • Make a model of the solar system
  • Write a report about a specific planet

Week 2: Native Americans

  • Learn about different Native American tribes and their cultures
  • Create a dreamcatcher or a totem pole
  • Write a report about a specific tribe

Week 3: Water Cycle

  • Learn about the stages of the water cycle
  • Create a visual representation of the water cycle
  • Conduct an experiment to demonstrate the water cycle

Week 4: Poetry

  • Read and analyze different types of poems
  • Write original poems in different styles
  • Create a poetry journal with illustrations

Week 5: Ancient Egypt

  • Research Ancient Egyptian civilization and culture
  • Learn about hieroglyphics and create a message using them
  • Build a model of a pyramid

Week 6: Birds

  • Learn about different species of birds and their habitats
  • Go birdwatching and identify birds in the area
  • Create a birdhouse or feeder

Week 7: Fractions

  • Learn about fractions and their relationship to decimals and percentages
  • Practice adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions
  • Create a visual representation of a fraction

Week 8: Space Exploration

  • Learn about the history of space exploration
  • Research current space missions and discoveries
  • Create a model of a space vehicle

Week 9: Rocks and Minerals

  • Learn about different types of rocks and minerals
  • Conduct experiments to observe the properties of rocks and minerals
  • Create a rock and mineral collection

Week 10: Famous Americans

  • Research famous Americans and their contributions to history
  • Create a timeline of American history
  • Write a report about a specific American

Week 11: Weather

  • Learn about different types of weather and their causes
  • Observe weather patterns and create a weather journal
  • Conduct experiments to demonstrate weather phenomena

Week 12: Ancient Greece

  • Research Ancient Greek civilization and culture
  • Learn about Greek mythology and create a myth
  • Build a model of a Greek temple or statue

Week 13: Plants

  • Learn about different types of plants and their life cycles
  • Plant a garden and observe the growth of plants
  • Conduct experiments to learn about photosynthesis

Week 14: Government

  • Learn about the structure of government and the branches of government
  • Create a mock election and campaign
  • Write a report about a specific government official

Week 15: Inventors and Inventions

  • Research famous inventors and their inventions
  • Invent something new and present it to the class
  • Write a report about a specific inventor and their invention

Week 16: Ocean Life

  • Learn about different types of ocean life and their habitats
  • Create a diorama of an ocean ecosystem
  • Conduct experiments to learn about ocean currents and tides

Week 17: Money

  • Learn about the value of money and how to manage it
  • Practice making changes and calculating expenses
  • Create a budget for a pretend family

Week 18: Human Body

  • Learn about the different systems of the human body
  • Create a model of a body part or system
  • Write a report about a specific body part or system

Week 19: Fairy Tales

  • Read and analyze different fairy tales from different cultures
  • Write original fairy tales
  • Create a fairy tale character and illustrate it

Week 20: U.S. Regions

  • Learn about the different regions of the United States and their characteristics
  • Create a map of the United States and label the regions
  • Write a report about a specific region

Week 21: World Geography

  • Learn about different countries and their cultures
  • Identify and label continents and oceans on a map
  • Write a report about a specific country

Week 22: Insects

  • Learn about different types of insects and their habitats
  • Observe and collect insects and create a classification chart
  • Conduct experiments to learn about insect behavior and anatomy

Week 23: Civil Rights Movement

  • Learn about the history of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States
  • Research famous Civil Rights activists and their contributions
  • Write a report or create a presentation about a specific Civil Rights activist

Week 24: Music

  • Learn about different types of music and their history
  • Play a musical instrument or create a musical composition
  • Attend a musical performance or concert

Week 25: Habitats

  • Learn about different types of habitats and their characteristics
  • Create a diorama of a specific habitat
  • Write a report about a specific habitat and the animals that live there

Week 26: Electricity

  • Learn about electricity and how it is generated
  • Conduct experiments to learn about the properties of electricity
  • Create a circuit or an electrical device

Week 27: Ancient Rome

  • Research Ancient Roman civilization and culture
  • Learn about Roman mythology and create a myth
  • Build a model of a Roman structure or monument

Week 28: Geometry

  • Learn about different types of shapes and their properties
  • Identify and create symmetrical shapes
  • Use geometry to solve problems and create art

Week 29: Oceanography

  • Learn about the different zones of the ocean and their characteristics
  • Observe and collect samples of ocean water and sediment
  • Write a report about a specific oceanographer and their contributions

Week 30: Ecosystems

  • Learn about different types of ecosystems and their characteristics
  • Create a food chain or food web for a specific ecosystem
  • Write a report about a specific endangered species and its ecosystem

Week 31: Digital Citizenship

  • Learn about digital citizenship and how to be safe online
  • Practice responsible online behavior and etiquette
  • Create a presentation or PSA about digital citizenship

Week 32: Mammals

  • Learn about different types of mammals and their characteristics
  • Observe and identify local mammals in their habitats
  • Create a classification chart for different types of mammals

Week 33: Coding

  • Learn about coding and computer programming
  • Create a simple program or game using code
  • Present the program or game to the class

Week 34: Energy

  • Learn about different types of energy and their sources
  • Conduct experiments to learn about the properties of energy
  • Write a report about a specific type of energy and its impact on the environment

Week 35: Art History

  • Learn about different art movements and artists throughout history
  • Create an original artwork in the style of a specific art movement
  • Write a report about a specific artist and their contributions to art

Week 36: Culminating Project

  • Choose a topic of interest and create a culminating project to showcase what was learned throughout the year
  • Present the project to the class and reflect on what was learned
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