Alabama Course of Study: Alabama Studies, Grade 4
Below you will find the 2004 version of ALCOS
for Social Studies, grade 4. Beneath each standard
are links to web resources that may
you and your students.
Describe Cultures, governments, and economies of
prehistoric and historic Native Americans in Alabama
List Reasons for European exploration and settlement
in Alabama and the impact of Europeans on trade,
health, land expansion, and tribal reorganization
of Native populations in Alabama
Describe the relationship of the five geographic
regions of Alabama to the movement of Alabama settlers
during the early nineteenth century.
- Identify historical and current
economic, political, and geographic information about
Alabama on thematic
Describe Alabama's entry into statehood, including
Alabama's constitution and the three branches of
- Geography of Alabama
Includes descriptions of the five geographic regions
- Alabama Brochure
In this lesson students will learn about the state
in which they live by using child-friendly Web
sites to collect facts and pictures about Alabama.
Identify cultural, economic, and political aspects
of the lifestyles of early nineteenth-century farmers,
plantation owners, slaves, and townspeople.
- GovSpot for Kids: Alabama
Compilation of links to official websites for Alabama's
branches of government, the Constitution, and
- Territorial Period and Early Statehood
Article from Encyclopedia of Alabama which covers
Alabama's history as a territory and its journey
- Alabama's Five Capitals and First Governors
Students will research the five sites of Alabama's
capital and the first governors of the state. They
will create a presentation including the physical
location of each site and the political and geographic
reasons the site was chosen and abandoned, if applicable.
The presentation will also include information
about the (or a) governor that served while the
capital was at the specific location they are researching.
Identify reasons for Alabama's secession from the
Union, including sectionalism, slavery, state rights,
and economic disagreements.
Life in 19th Century Gurley, Alabama
Collection of scanned and transcribed papers
of citizens of Gurley from the 19th century,
along with a few photographs and descriptions of
- Creek War Journals
After a study of the Creek War, students will explore
perspectives of families on both sides of the war.
Students will compose journal entries from a selected
social class of the era to develop and exhibit
an understanding and appreciation for lives led
by those who lived during the early 1800's.
Explain Alabama's role in and economic support
of the Civil War.
- A Divided Nation Lesson Plan
Students will explore the sectional differences
between the North and the South that ultimately
led to the southern secession. Students will learn
what is meant by secession and which states seceded,
the country they formed, its capital, and whom
they elected president. Students will create a
PowerPoint Presentation, a brochure, and possibly
a newsletter using computer software presenting
information they have learned.
Describe political, social, and economic
conditions in Alabama during Reconstruction.
Describe significant social and educational
changes in Alabama during the late nineteenth and
- Collaborative Project on the Civil War
During this lesson two or more schools will work
together using distance learning to investigate
and share their community's involvement in the
Describe the impact of World War I on Alabamians.
- Peanuts, Pecans, and Peas, Please
George Washington Carver, a great scientist, changed
the economy of the South with his agricultural
knowledge. This lesson will investigate how the
lowly peanut kept the cotton farmers from losing
Explain effects of the events of the 1920s and
the Great Depression on different socioeconomic groups.
- ADAH World War I Unit
Five lesson plan unit from AL Dept. of Archives and
History which covers the roles of Alabamians in
WWI and the effect the war had on the home front
Describe the economic and social impact of World
War II on Alabamians.
- Works Progress
Works of art created by the WPA (Federal Art Projects). Has great pictures
(some in Alabama).
- Memories of the Great Depression
This hands-on lesson combines social studies, language
arts, and technology. Fourth grade students begin
by researching and collecting information from
a variety of sources. Students develop an appreciation
of the difficulties endured by many people during
the era of the Great Depression.
Describe the social, political, and economic impact
of the modern Civil Rights Movement on Alabama
- Growing Up During World War II
Lesson plan that introduces students to life on
the Alabama home front during WWII.
- Introduction to WWII
Unit plan from Alabama Dept. of History and Archives
which uses primary sources to introduce students
to the history of WWII, and how Alabamians were
Identify major world events that have impacted
Alabama since 1950.
Describe the impact of population growth
on cities, major road systems, demographics,
and the natural environment of Alabama during
the twentieth century.
Civil Rights Institute
Website for BCRI, with extensive resources page, searchable archive, photo
gallery, and online exhibits on the history of the Civil Rights Movement.
- Civil Rights Movement Unit
Unit Plan from the AL Dept. of History and Archives
which chronicles the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama.
Parks and the Civil Rights Movement
This lesson introduces students to Rosa Parks and the beginning of the Montgomery
Bus Boycott. After considering the impact of Ms. Parks' heroism, students will
explore its relevance to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Students
will learn new vocabulary and will answer a questionnaire that will be published
on the web. Students will then create a tribute to Rosa Parks' heroism that
will be submitted to a classroom book.
- Epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement
Brief article from History.com describing Alabama's
role in the Civil Rights Movement. Also includes
links to more detailed information about the movement
and specific people and events.
- Alabama Today
Brief article from History.com on Alabama's economy
in the late 20th and early 21st centuries,
including auto manufacturing, the space industry,