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Spencer Crossing
Intermediate School
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Mrs. Mores
4th Grade - Spencer Crossing


We will begin the year with a review of the geographic features of the earth.  Then we will spend time learning about the regions of the United States.

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Chapter 1

Vocabulary Lesson 3: natural resource, economy, product, capital resource, human resource, 
                                      nonrenewable, conserve, renewable 

Essential Question: How does geography affect the way we live?

Captain John Smith Adventure
Jamestown Online Adventure

Landform Match Game
Landform Slide Show 

New Lenox History   
Location of New Lenox 
Research the 5 themes of Geography (location, place, human interaction, movement, region)

Chapter 2

Chapter 2: Americans and their History
Vocabulary Lesson 1: 
archeologist, artifact, hunter-gatherer, agriculture, culture, colony, enslaved, 
Vocabulary Lesson 2: independence, confederation, congress, constitution, delegate, ratify, 
                                      amendment, territory 
Vocabulary Lesson 3: immigrant, industry, states' rights, abolitionist, secede, Reconstruction,
                                      segregation, reservation 
Vocabulary Lesson 4: transcontinental, manufacturing, entrepreneur, diverse, depression, fascism
Vocabulary Lesson 5: Cold War, communism, high-tech, civil rights, boycott, terrorist, 

Chapter 2 Vocabulary List (Click to View)
Essential Question: How have we changed and how have we stayed the same over our history? 

Chapter 3

Chapter 3: Government in the United States
Vocabulary Lesson 1: republic, citizen, democracy, sovereignty, self-evident, unalienable, liberty
Vocabulary Lesson 2: legislative branch, executive branch, judicial branch, checks and balances
Vocabulary Lesson 3: jury, candidate, patriotism, symbol, petition 

 Chapter 3 Vocabulary List (Click to View)
Essential Question: What is Special about American Government? 

Chapter 5

Chapter 5: Regions: The Northeast
Vocabulary Lesson 1: lighthouse, peninsula, sound, glacier
Vocabulary Lesson 2: mineral, quarry, overfishing, bog, tourist
Vocabulary Lesson 3: sachem, wet, suffrage
Vocabulary Lesson 4: steamboat, patent, sweatshop, labor union
Vocabulary Lesson 5: commerce, rural, urban, population, density

Chapter 5 Vocabulary
Essential Question: How does where we live affect who we are? 

Tour the Northeast

Chapter 7

Chapter 7: The Midwest
Vocabulary Lesson 1: Great Plains, prairie, Central Plains, blizzard, tornado, Badlands
Vocabulary Lesson 2: nutrient, arable, crop rotation
Vocabulary Lesson 3: nomad, missionary, trading post, Northwest Ordinance, plow
Vocabulary Lesson 4: junction, hub, interstate highway 

Essential Question: How does where we live affect who we are?

Tour the Midwest

Chapter 8

Chapter 8: The Southwest
Vocabulary Lesson 1: erosion, natural gas, refinery
Vocabulary Lesson 2: arid, semiarid, air mass, savanna
Vocabulary Lesson 3: cliff dwelling, pueblo, mission
Vocabulary Lesson 4: annex, meat-packing, ranch, homestead, gusher, metropolitan area
Vocabulary Lesson 5: reservoir, aqueduct, drought, gray water

Essential Question: How does where we live affect who we are?

Tour the Southwest

Chapter 9

Regions: The West
Vocabulary Lesson 1: volcano, geyser, magma, tsunami
Vocabulary Lesson 2: tundra, rain shadow, nocturnal
Vocabulary Lesson 3: reforest, Central Valley, canal, vineyard
Vocabulary Lesson 4: totem pole, ranch, gold rush, boomtown
Vocabulary Lesson 5: silicon, Pacific Rim, international trade 

Essential Question: How does where we live affect who we are?

Tour the West