Social Studies Games for 4th Grade

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 20 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

Playing games is a great way to keep your students engaged as they review concepts. This lesson offers class-wide games and solo activities to encourage engagement in fourth grade social studies.

Classroom Engagement

We all know that the key to learning, at any age, is engagement. If a student is not engaged in the learning process, that student will not internalize the information. Students who sit in a room with glazed eyes and nodding heads will most likely not remember all the amazing facts about the United States Government that were presented at the board. Students that are excited about the content of a lesson, and are personally motivated to engage in the lesson, most likely will remember the information for a very long time (if not forever).

One way to give students a break from being passive receivers of information, and encourage their full engagement in the lesson, is to play active games. Getting your whole class involved in competitive, and/or timed games, will help push them toward active engagement with the lesson content, hopefully solidifying the information you are trying to impart. This lesson contains games that are appropriate for fourth grade Social Studies students to play as a class. Solo activities to allow students extra support on specific topics are also included in the lesson.

Class-Wide Games

These games can be played as a class. Collaboration and the use of large muscle groups for running/walking around the room can stimulate students into increased engagement with the topic. These are great reinforcement activities after a unit has been taught. They could be used as review activities for unit tests, or rewards for positive class behavior.

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