Mississippi Fourth Grade

Scope and Sequence

Our Nation, Our State

Week 1 - Our Nation, Our State

Natalia and Steven, Studies Weekly’s 4th-grade News Reporters, bring you the best, most informative information about Mississippi and the United States! Students will distinguish among the three branches of government and their roles at local, county, state, and national levels. Students will read about state government laws - from creation to enforcement. Mississippi’s students will enjoy the clever ways Natalia and Steven help them to learn about our great state and nation!

  • Let's Write 1
  • 1.a
  • All for Law, and Law for All! 1
  • 1.a 1.b
  • Bill Me 1
  • 1.a 1.b
  • Think and Review 1
  • 1.a 1.b
  • Branching Out! 1
  • 1.a 1.b
  • Constitution Bingo
  • The Roots of Democracy 1
  • 1.a

    MS Special Focus

    Week 2 - MS Special Focus

    Last week, Natalia and Steve introduced government at the state and federal levels along with the three branches of government. Natalia turns the focus on the Great State of Mississippi! Students will investigate the responsibilities of state government to protect, educate, and maintain the public welfare of its citizens. Steven has no idea what “maintaining the public welfare of its citizens” means, but he’s going to find out!

  • Let's Write 1
  • 1.c
  • Our Great State 1
  • 1.c
  • United We Stand 1
  • 1.a 1.c
  • My Mississippi 1
  • 1.c
  • Emergency Broadcast 1
  • 1.c
  • That's Your Right! 1
  • 1.c
  • Coming Together 1
  • 1.c
  • Think and Review 1
  • 1.a 1.c
  • Three Levels of Government
  • Taking Care of MS

    Week 3 - Taking Care of MS

    Steven has a new mission: to take care of Mississippi’s people, places, and environment after learning about “maintaining the public welfare of its citizens.” Steven declares himself “Mississippi Man”! “Mississippi Man,” and students analyze spatial and ecological perspectives in life situations. Natalia helps students find ways they can demonstrate these life situations including reducing, reusing, and recycling paper waste at school!

  • Keep It Clean 1
  • 1.d 4 4.a
  • Think and Reveiw 1
  • 1.d 4 4.a
  • Global Citizen 1
  • 1.d 4 4.a
  • Getting Started 1
  • 1.d 4 4.a
  • Natural Beauty 1
  • 1.d 4 4.a
  • Helping Out! 1
  • 1.d 4 4.a
  • Let's Explore! 1
  • 1.d 4 4.a
  • Operation Mississippi 1
  • 1.d 4 4.a
  • Let's Write 1
  • 4
  • Recycling Fun
  • Native Americans

    Week 4 - Native Americans

    Natalia and Steven help students identify the major Native American groups that were living in the Mississippi area. The kids learn about the Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Natchez groups and compare and contrast their governmental and economic systems. Steven discovers something new about Natalia - she has Choctaw ancestors! In fact, her father is planning on coming to school to provide students with information about their tribe’s past and present day celebrations!

  • Think and Review 1
  • 2 2.a 6
  • Natalia's Choctaw Heritage 1
  • 1.a 2 2.a 6 6.a 6.c
  • Choctaw Code Talkers 2
  • 2.a 6 6.a
  • Let's Write 1
  • 2 6
  • Chickasaw and Natchez Tribes 2
  • 2.a 6 6.a 6.c
  • Religion, Dancing and No Lost Children 2
  • 2.a 6 6.a 6.c
  • Stickball 2
  • 2.a 6 6.a
  • Sign Language
  • The First Europeans

    Week 5 - The First Europeans

    Steven loved learning about Natalia’s Choctaw heritage, but wonders aloud why we don’t have more Native American holidays, celebrations, or events in Mississippi. The expression on Natalia’s face makes Steven a little bit worried. Why? Natalia guides students and Steven to understand what happened when the first European explorers landed in the region. Ms. Johnson, the kids’ teacher shows them a portrait of De Soto, the first European to explore Mississippi. De Soto was a Spanish Conquistador and when Steven touched the drawing all of a sudden Natalia and Steven are zapped back in time and standing face to face with De Soto!

  • The Conqueror 2
  • 2.a
  • Fighting Back 2
  • 2.a
  • Think & Review Questions 2
  • 2.a
  • Early Explorers 2
  • 2.a
  • Time Out! 2
  • 2.a
  • Let's Write 2
  • 2.a
  • Mississippian Culture 2
  • 2.a
  • Early Encounters
  • A New State—Welcome to the Club!

    Week 6 - A New State—Welcome to the Club!

    When the music stops, you had better find a seat! Steven decides to play “Musical Chairs” to help Natalia and their classmates learn about Mississippi’s many capital cities. How come Mississippi had more than one or two capital cities? Natalia explains the process and compares it to a long road trip with lots of twists and turns (including interesting characters and sightseeing along the way!) Join Natalia and Steven as they learn about how the Mississippi territory was admitted to the United States! Be careful of what primary and secondary sources you touch because you never know if you’ll be zapped back in time.

  • What symbols represent the state of Mississippi? 2
  • 2.b
  • Celebrate Statehood Day! 2
  • 2.b
  • Musical Capitals 2
  • 2.b 4 4.b
  • Think & Review Questions 2
  • 4
  • Mississippi: The Road from a Territory to a State 2
  • 2.b 4 4.b
  • Natchez, First Capital of Mississippi 2
  • 2.b
  • George Strother Gaines: An American Indian Ally 2
  • 2.b 4 4.b
  • David Holmes 2
  • 2.b 4 4.b
  • Rolling on the River 2
  • 2.b
  • Let's Write 2
  • The Mississippi Territory Government and the 1787 Northwest Ordinance
  • Triangle Trade—Evil Business Practices

    Week 7 - Triangle Trade—Evil Business Practices

    Steven and Natalia learned that along with the European explorers, they also brought the slave trade to Mississippi! How could such a horrible thing happen? Steven describes the development of slavery and the opposition to slavery in Mississippi. Natalia can’t imagine why slavery was ever “legal.”

  • Let's Write 2
  • 4
  • Triangular Trade 2
  • 2.c 4 4.a
  • Think & Review Questions 2
  • 2.c 4 4.a
  • Father of Secession 2
  • 2.c 4 4.a 4.b
  • Looking Back 2
  • 2.c 4 4.a
  • The Opposition 2
  • 2.c 4 4.a 4.b
  • At Last 2
  • 2.c 4 4.b
  • The Triangle Trade Cycle Activity
  • Secession—Things Go From Bad to Worse

    Week 8 - Secession—Things Go From Bad to Worse

    Natalia and Steven share why some people wanted slavery and some people thought slavery should be illegal. Students will trace the events that led to the secession of Mississippi from the Union and entering the Civil War. Natalia and Steven wonder why the Civil War was called “civil” because nothing about war is courteous or polite! Natalia and Steven’s teacher, Ms. Johnson, show two primary sources photos to the class. One photo is of Abraham Lincoln and the other is a man who looks like he could be Lincoln’s brother. Natalia reaches for the photo of what might be Lincoln’s long lost twin and finds herself in a stuffy room where this man is preparing a speech he will give to the Mississippi Legislature. Good thing Steven is crouched down beside Natalia under the table!

  • The War at Home 2
  • 2.d 4 4.a 4.b
  • The Divided States 2
  • 2.d 4 4.a 4.b
  • Back in a Flash 2
  • 2.d 4 4.a 4.b
  • Let's Write
  • Think & Review Questions 2
  • 2.d 4 4.a 4.b
  • Famous Battles 2
  • 2.d 4 4.a 4.b
  • What if the Confederates had won?
  • Mr. President 2
  • 2.d 4 4.a 4.b
  • Summarizing Historical Information
  • Responsible Citizens

    Week 9 - Responsible Citizens

    Natalia and Steven are asking their teacher Ms. Johnson some tough questions this week. Mississippi was admitted to the Union, suceded, and eventually was readmitted to the Union. Wouldn’t that make everyone living in Mississippi citizens? Why were so many bad behaviors allowed (like slavery)? Ms. Johnson explains that sometimes the bad things can teach us how NOT to be and can be replaced with good behaviors.

  • Let's Write 4
  • The Great Riverboat Race 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Timeline 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Think & Review Questions 4
  • Reconstruction in Mississippi, 1865-1877 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Children Sharecroppers 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Dear Children: A Letter from the Past 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • A Historical Figure
  • Forks, Swamps and Trails

    Week 10 - Forks, Swamps and Trails

    Natalia and Steven are so excited to go on a field trip today! The kids and their classmates will be traveling by bus to the Natchez Museum of African-American History and Culture located in downtown Natchez, Mississippi. It was in the museum when Steven touched a preserved “classified advertisement placed by Forks of the Road slave traders in Natchez newspapers (that) simply announced the availability of slaves for purchase, indicating a casual, first-come-first-served approach to marketing slaves” - oh no! Steven and Natalia find themselves safely hidden in a wagon witnessing the slave market in action. In the blink of an eye, the two students were in the “Free State of Jones” and lost in a swamp. Natalia also reminds Steven that Native Americans we not safe in Mississippi either. Natalia’s father wrote down important information she should present to the class: before the Civil War, there was the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the Trail of Tears...

  • From the Indian Removal Act of 1830 to the Trail of Tears 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Think and Review 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Resistance Comes in All Colors 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Abraham Lincoln 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Let's Write 4
  • Mapping the Trail of Tears
  • “King Andy,” Worst President Ever? 4
  • 4.a 4.b

    A Woman’s Place is in the House of Representatives

    Week 11 - A Woman’s Place is in the House of Representatives

    Ms. Johnson has special visitors coming to class this week! Natalia and Steven are so surprised when two historical reenactors enter their classroom. Why, it’s Nellie Nugent Somerville and her daughter Lucy Somerville Howorth! Steven is so excited he jumped out of his seat to shake hands with both women and introduces them to the class as the first mother/daughter legislators. Representative Somerville and Howorth are so engaging with their first-person accounts of the Suffrage Movement, the 14th, 15th, and 19th Amendments, plus the discussion about the Great Migration, Steven begins to think that maybe these ladies are not just actors…

  • The Great Migration 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • I’m the 15th Amendment 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Let's Write 4
  • Ain’t I a Woman? 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Visitors from the Past 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Think and Review 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • The Anti-Suffragist Alphabet 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • I’m the 14th Amendment 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Women’s Suffrage Around the World
  • The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

    Week 12 - The Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

    The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s was fraught with danger and Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi was the training ground for many young Civil Rights activists! Students will join Natalia and Steven as they experience first-hand the 1963 Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-In for over three hours. The kids learn that anyone - it doesn’t matter if you are young, old, rich, poor, or what your heritage may be - can make a difference in the world!

  • Emmett Till 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Terrifying Times in Jackson, MS 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Time For Change 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Let's Write 4
  • You are a Hero 4
  • 4.b
  • Sacrifice
  • Think and Review 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • She Stood for Freedom 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Medgar Evers 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Tougaloo: An H.B.C.U. 4
  • 4.b
  • Fannie Lou Hamer: A Civil Rights Leader 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • “You are a Hero”
  • Special People of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

    Week 13 - Special People of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi

    Now that Natalia and Steven have learned a little bit about Mississippi’s Civil Rights heroes, they want to learn more! Ms. Johnson has the class become a “living wax museum!” Students will select a Civil Rights Icon and present an “autobiography” as their person. Natalia selects Anne Moody and Steven chooses Luvaghn Brown. There’s lots of amazing, brave men and women to “become” Hollis Watkins, Dorie and Joyce Ladner (the Ladner Sisters), Luvaghn Brown, Anne Moody, Pearlena Lewis, Memphis Norman, and Professor John Salter, just to name a few.

  • The Little Rock Nine 1
  • 1.c 4 4.a 4.b
  • Hollis Watkins: In the Middle of an Iceberg 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Sisters and Activists 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Let's Write 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Think and Review 1
  • 1.c 4 4.a 4.b
  • Anne Moody: Coming of Age in Mississippi 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Comparison Chart
  • The National Civil Rights Movement

    Week 14 - The National Civil Rights Movement

    Ms. Johnson gathers Natalia, Steven, and the other students to discuss how many of the Freedom Riders were still teenagers and Ruby Bridges was just six-years old when she “desegregated” an all-white elementary school. People of all ages and backgrounds worked, suffered, and some lost their lives as the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s continued. Students will learn about the Birmingham Children’s Crusade of 1963, Hank Thomas, Ruby Bridges, Stokely Carmichael, James Meredith, the Little Rock 9 and the four young girls killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

  • Dear Diary, I Was Part of the Children’s Crusade 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Did You Know? Kids and the Civil Rights Movement 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Hank Thomas 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Let's Write 4
  • How can you get involved?
  • Think and Review 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • Stokely Carmichael 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • James Meredith 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • A Monumental Task
  • Diversity in Mississippi

    Week 15 - Diversity in Mississippi

    Imagine if you couldn’t see anyone, but you relied on how people behaved, acted, and generally treated others. Who would you choose to be friends with? Students join Natalia and Steven to explore how people in Mississippi and around the world work to get along. What are some of the challenges and benefits of working, living, and learning with different people with different backgrounds, ethnicities, and traditions? The United States is a very diverse country - how can the United States become more united?

  • Let's Write 4
  • Think and Review 4
  • 4.a 4.c
  • Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail 4
  • 4.c
  • Big Apple Inn 4
  • 4.a 4.b 4.c
  • Diversity Comes in All Shapes and Sizes 4
  • 4.a 4.c
  • Mississippi Innocence Project 4
  • 4.a 4.c
  • Beyond Black and White 4
  • 4.a 4.c
  • Look for the Helpers 4
  • 4.a 4.c
  • Peace Is a Process 4
  • 4.a 4.c
  • Artifact Treasure Box
  • Midyear Review

    Week 16 - Midyear Review

    It’s time to show what you know on the best online game show ever! Your game show hosts, Natalia and Steven, will ask tough questions, require contestants to perform amazing tasks, and give all students a chance to be the BIG WINNER! It’s a mid-year review that students won’t forget!

  • Let's Write 1
  • 2 4
  • Think and Review 2
  • 2.c 4
  • Jeopardy! 1
  • 1.a 1.b 1.c 2 2.a 2.b 2.c 2.d 4 4.a 4.b 4.c
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? 1
  • 1.a 1.b
  • Name That Icon 4
  • 4.a 4.b
  • The King of Rock and Roll 4.b
  • Dear Diary … A Primary Source
  • The First People of Mississippi

    Week 17 - The First People of Mississippi

    Natalia and Steven are excited to get to school this week because they will be participating in an archaeological dig near Natchez! Steven and Natalia have so many questions, but the biggest question is how can scientists (archaeologists) learn about people from long ago? Ms. Johnson is the guide-on-the-side this week as the students “dig in” (ha ha, pun intended) to Mississippi’s early history! Long before Mississippi was a state or even a territory it was home to an indigenous and ancient people: the Mound Builders and Mississippians. From those two ancient cultures the Native American tribes emerged. Students will learn about the the three main tribes that lived in Mississippi: Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Natchez.

  • Be an Archaeologist!
  • Digging into Mississippi’s Past 2
  • 2.a 4 4.b 6 6.a
  • Think & Review Questions 2
  • 2.a 4.b 6 6.a
  • Not So Different 2
  • 2.a 4 4.a 4.b 6 6.a
  • What About an Allowance?
  • Can You Dig It? 2
  • 2.a 4 4.b 6 6.a
  • Meaningful Feathers and Fashions 2
  • 2.a 4 4.b 6 6.a
  • Let's Write 2.a
  • 4.a 4.b 6 6.a
  • Still Crying for the Trail of Tears 2
  • 2.a 4 4.a 4.b 6 6.a
  • How is our way of life similar to those in the past? 2.a
  • All About Pushmataha 2
  • 2.a 4 4.b 6 6.a

    The Melting Pot of Mississippi

    Week 18 - The Melting Pot of Mississippi

    The Natchez National Historical Park tells the story of interactions and impacts among Mississippi’s history: Europeans (Spanish, French, English), African, and Native Americans. This week Natalia and Steven will plan a visit to The Natchez Historical Park and find evidence of the different groups that make up Mississippi’s rich history. Ms. Johnson points out that there is one ethnic group that cannot be found at the park: Chinese. Steven and Natalia wonder why the Chinese are not featured prominently at the Natchez National Historical Park!

  • Demographics in Mississippi 6
  • Accidental or On Purpose? 2
  • 2.a 4 4.a 4.b 4.c 6 6.c
  • Looking for Asian Americans in Natchez National Historical Park 4
  • 4.b 6 6.a 6.c
  • Think & Review Questions 2
  • 6
  • Why Did the Native Americans Get Sicker Than the Europeans? 4
  • 4.b 4.c 6 6.a 6.c
  • Rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina 1
  • 1.c 4 4.a 4.b 6 6.a 6.c
  • Let's Write 6
  • African Americans in Mississippi: from Slaves to Innovators and History Makers 4
  • 4.a 4.b 6 6.a 6.b 6.c

    Mississippi’s Musicians, Writers, and Arts

    Week 19 - Mississippi’s Musicians, Writers, and Arts

    Mississippi’s modern contributions to the arts including music, literature, and fine art have impacted the state, nation, and the world! Ms. Johnson has assigned each pair of students a famous artist to research and present an original report to the class. The student pairs will compete to see which presentation is the best! Some of those presentations include famous Mississippians: Richard Wright, Mildred D. Taylor, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, B.B. King, and Jim Henson. Check out the students’ presentations -- Natalia and Steven have a special surprise “trip” back in time for the whole class when they present their report on The King of the Delta Blues, Robert Johnson. All it takes is listening to a song and they’re gone!

  • Personal Poem
  • Richard Wright 6
  • 6.a 6.b 6.c
  • William Faulkner 6
  • 6.b 6.c
  • Visiting the Jim Henson Museum 6
  • 6.a 6.b
  • Think and Review 6
  • 6.b 6.c
  • Let's Write 6
  • 6.b
  • Who was Robert Johnson? 6
  • 6.b
  • Writers of MS: Mildred Taylor and Natasha Trethewey 6
  • 6.a 6.b 6.c
  • Mississippi Blues Trail 6
  • 6.a 6.b 6.c

    Cartography

    Week 20 - Cartography

    Natalia and Steven are sitting with their teacher Ms. Johnson before school started for the day. Steve wants to know what will they be learning about this week and Ms. Johnson replies: Cartography! Steven suggests that cartography (map reading, map designing, map creating) is the most boring part of social studies ever. Natalia gasps and sets her friend straight: cartography is a pirate’s best friend! It’s true! Mississippi has a history of piracy - the famous Jeanne LaFitte called Mississippi home at one point and pirates traveled up and down the Mississippi River, too! Plus there’s rumors of hidden treasure all over the state: gold bars, barrels of gold coins, silver, and other valuables! Steven wants to explore all of these secret places, but how? Ms. Johnson provides a book of maps called an atlas, a globe, a compass, a computer, and wishes the kids good luck!

  • Pirate Biography
  • Postcard from the Pirate House 6
  • 6.a 6.c
  • Pirates Say: Don’t Be Like Me! 4
  • 4.a
  • How to Use a Compass 3
  • 3.a
  • Modern Treasure Hunters 3
  • 3.a
  • Timeline of Piracy on the Mississippi River and Gulf Coast 6
  • 6.a
  • Biography of Pirate, Jean Lafitte 4
  • 4.a
  • We’re Going on a Treasure Hunt 3
  • 3.a
  • Think & Review Questions 6
  • Let's Write
  • The Ten Regions of Mississippi - Part 1

    Week 21 - The Ten Regions of Mississippi - Part 1

    Ms. Johnson has a special, spooky treat for the fourth-graders to help them learn about the ten geographical regions of Mississippi that go beyond (way beyond) the different types of soil and landforms. Students in teams of two select a region from a large envelope, but in addition to reporting about the region, students must include a ghost story, an urban legend, or news of the weird tied into the landform or soil. Natalia and Steven can’t wait to get started, but there’s only room for five of the ten regions this week!

  • The Mighty Mississippi
  • Let’s Write 3
  • The Big Surprise 3
  • 3.b 6 6.a
  • Spooky Surprise 3
  • 3.b
  • Think and Review 3
  • 3.b
  • But What IS Geography? 3
  • 3.b
  • Fun Facts about Mississippi Geography 3
  • 3.b 6 6.a
  • Let’s Learn About Landforms 3
  • 3.b

    The Ten Regions of Mississippi - Part 2

    Week 22 - The Ten Regions of Mississippi - Part 2

    Our spooky or weird geographical regions of Mississippi continues this week - the final five regions! As a recap of last week: Ms. Johnson has a special, spooky treat for the fourth-graders to help them learn about the ten geographical regions of Mississippi that go beyond (way beyond) the different types of soil and landforms. Students in teams of two select a region from a large envelope, but in addition to reporting about the region, students must include a ghost story, an urban legend, or news of the weird tied into the landform or soil. Which one region will be voted as the most unusual, the spookiest, or the weirdest?

  • Climate Facts 3
  • 3.b
  • Think and Review 3
  • 3.b
  • Let's Learn about Landforms Part 2 3
  • 3.b
  • Mississippi's Regions 3
  • What types of soil can be found in Mississippi? 3.b
  • Where do Urban Legends Come From? 6
  • 6.a
  • Spooky Surprise, Part 2 3
  • 3.b
  • Soil, Soil Everywhere 3
  • 3.b
  • Let’s Write
  • Exploring Mississippi’s Resources

    Week 23 - Exploring Mississippi’s Resources

    Natalia and Steven are learning about the abundance or scarcity of resources in each of the ten regions of Mississippi and comparing each region to another region. Natalia and Steven do their best to convince Ms. Johnson which resource is the best in Mississippi! Students should take notes because deciding the winning resource will help Natalia and Steven plan their next field trip!

  • Natural Resources in Mississippi 5
  • 4 4.a 5.a
  • Think and Review 5
  • 5.a
  • Let’s Write 5
  • 4
  • Fun in the Woods 5
  • 5.a
  • Conservation is Cool 5
  • 4 4.a 5.a
  • Something is Fishy 5
  • 4 4.a 5.a
  • Backyard Protectors 5
  • 4 4.a 5.a
  • Mississippi's Trees 5.a
  • The Job Fair

    Week 24 - The Job Fair

    Steven is so excited for the school’s annual Job Fair! Natalia is less enthusiastic because she isn’t sure what career path is the right one for her. All she knows is that she wants to be a big problem solver! Ms. Johnson has several surprise guests from different job sectors like government, industry, and agriculture. Maybe the Job Fair will help Natalia figure out how she can become a problem solver through choosing a job sector?

  • Let’s Write 4
  • Think and Review 5
  • 4
  • The Job Fair is Today! 5
  • 5.b
  • A Woman’s Place is on the State Supreme Court 5
  • 4 4.b 5.b
  • Mississippi’s Very First Labor Union 5.b
  • 6 6.c
  • Education and Jobs 6
  • You Can Be Anything 5
  • 5.b
  • A Message from Our Sponsor 5
  • 5.b

    Mississippi’s Jobs of the Past, Present & Future

    Week 25 - Mississippi’s Jobs of the Past, Present & Future

    Ms. Johnson reminds the students of an important famous quote," Jaime Casap, the Global Education Evangelist at Google, often challenges people to STOP asking kids what they want to be when they grow up and start asking them what problems they want to solve.” Natalia and Steven brainstorm a few specific types of jobs in Mississippi’s government, industry, and agriculture. The best way to predict the future is to learn from the past. Students will join Natalia and Steven as they visit the past and present jobs in Mississippi’s government, industry, and agriculture. How will this knowledge predict the future?

  • Work It!
  • Citizenship, Another Important Job in Mississippi! 5
  • 4 4.a 4.b 5.b 6 6.a 6.b 6.c
  • Let’s Write 5
  • Looking to the Past to Understand the Future 5
  • 5.b
  • How Times Have Changed 5
  • 5.b
  • Mississippi’s Shakespeare 6
  • 6.a 6.b
  • What Job Is for You? 5
  • 5.b 6 6.a
  • Jobs that Count! 5
  • 5.b
  • Think and Review 5
  • 4.b 5.b 6 6.b 6.c

    Making Choices in Mississippi

    Week 26 - Making Choices in Mississippi

    Imagine if students were in charge of making the big decisions for Mississippi’s agriculture, government, and industry! In a few short years students will be making those choices, but Natalia and Steven are already planning for their school’s “Up-and-Coming Mississippi Leaders.” The “Up-and-Coming Mississippi Leaders” event is like a miniature version of the state at the classroom level. Students will elect a Governor, a Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Commissioner of Agriculture, and a Mississippi Development Authority team. Students will have to make decisions and describe the opportunity cost of their choices to their “citizens.”

  • Water, Water Everywhere?
  • Not Such an Easy Job 5
  • 4 4.a 5.c 5.d 5.e
  • Exploring Mississippi 5
  • 5.a 5.c 5.e
  • Think and Review 5
  • 1 1.b 5.a
  • I’ll Take That Office 1
  • Meet Our Governor! 1
  • 1.b
  • Let’s Write 1
  • 4
  • How a Bill Becomes a Law 1
  • 1.b 4.a
  • Controlling the Mississippi 5
  • 5.c 5.e 5.f

    Global Trade

    Week 27 - Global Trade

    There’s a big world out there and Natalia and Steven want to know how Mississippi fits into this picture! This week students will learn and discuss Mississippi’s global trade activities. What do we import, export, and why? How does this create interdependence? Natalia and Steven learn that kids all over the world enjoy items made in Mississippi like Barq’s root beer soda. What are some of the things kids in class enjoy that come from far away places?

  • To Barter or Not to Barter 3.c
  • What is the G20? 5
  • Made in China? 5
  • 3 3.c 5.d
  • Let’s Write 5.d
  • Trade Days 3
  • 3.c
  • Trade in Mississippi 3.c
  • 6.a
  • Mississippi in Prehistory 3
  • 3.c 6 6.a
  • Think and Review 5
  • 3.c 5.d
  • I Cheer, You Cheer, We All Cheer for Root Beer! 3.c
  • What’s Leaving Mississippi? 3.c
  • 5.d 6.a

    Global Trade for Mississippi

    Week 28 - Global Trade for Mississippi

    Natalia and Steven are prepared to explain the benefits and challenges of global trade for Mississippi. Natalia will present the benefits of global trade and Steven will presents the challenges. Boy was Ms. Johnson and the other students surprised when Steven showed up as an alien - an alien species called the Fire Ant!

  • Petrol Facts 3.c
  • 5.d
  • The Trade Game 3.c
  • 5.d
  • Let’s Write 5
  • Breaking News Report: Global Trade and Mississippi 5
  • 3.c 5.d
  • Mississippi's Export Business 3.c
  • 5.d
  • A History of Invasive Species 5
  • 3.a 3.c 5.d
  • Think and Review 5
  • 3.c 5.d
  • What’s Good for Mississippi? 3.c
  • 5.d
  • Our Very Own Aliens 5
  • 3.c 5.d

    Mississippi’s Connections to Our Neighboring States

    Week 29 - Mississippi’s Connections to Our Neighboring States

    Ms. Johnson sometimes borrows whiteboard markers or paper towels from our neighboring classrooms. Many students have borrowed an item like sugar or a tool from a next door neighbor at home. Natalia and Steven know that it is important to be a good neighbor - that means respecting boundaries (like yards or front door areas), returning items you borrow, and offering to help in times of need. Who are Mississippi’s “neighbors”and how are we connected?

  • We Love Our Neighbors 5
  • 3.a 4 4.a 5.e 6 6.c
  • A History of Our Neighbors 3.a
  • 5.e
  • Mississippi and Its Neighbors Mapping Activity 5
  • 5.e
  • Think and Review 5
  • 5.e
  • A Drive Through the Past 5
  • 5.e
  • Good Neighbors Are Important 4.a
  • 5.e
  • Let’s Write 5.e
  • Our Neighbors 5
  • 5.e
  • Who Are Our Neighbors? How Are We Connected? 3.a
  • 5.e
  • The River Runs Through Us 5
  • 5.e

    Mississippi’s Connections to Our Further Away Neighboring States

    Week 30 - Mississippi’s Connections to Our Further Away Neighboring States

    Natalia and Steven have learned about global trade and connections to neighboring states, but what about the rest? This week students will examine the economic and political borders between Mississippi and other states further than Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee. Everyone has a favorite neighbor - which state do you think is Mississippi’s favorite?

  • Physical Features of the U.S.A.
  • Hurricane Heroes 1.c
  • 4.a 5.e
  • Not So Close Neighbors 5
  • 5.e
  • Think and Review 5
  • 1.c 4.a
  • The Athens of the Delta 5
  • 5.e 6 6.a 6.b
  • The Great Flood of 1927 5.e
  • Let’s Write 5
  • Migrating to Mississippi 5
  • 5.e
  • Far Away Neighbors 5
  • 4 4.a 5.e

    Natural Disasters: Who Will Pay for This?

    Week 31 - Natural Disasters: Who Will Pay for This?

    Natalia and Steven have experienced some bad storms growing up in Mississippi, but never thought of the cleanup and repair costs when hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes strike! How much did it cost the people of Mississippi when Hurricane Katrina struck? What about the Hattiesburg tornado of 2013? Natalia is really worried when she and Steven land on a levee during Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. The kids spot a familiar face: William Alexander Percy! Help is on the way!

  • Environmental Disasters 1.c
  • 4.a 5.f
  • The American Red Cross 4.a
  • 5.f
  • Think and Review 5
  • 1 1.c 4 4.a 5.f
  • What a Disaster! 1.c
  • 5.f
  • It’s Not Every Day a Church Falls on You 5.f
  • Hurricane Katrina 5
  • 1 1.c 4 4.a 5.f
  • Let’s Write 5.f
  • End-of-Year Review & Wrap-Up!

    Week 32 - End-of-Year Review & Wrap-Up!

    Time sure has flown by because it’s again time to show what you know! How will you solve big problems using the knowledge and skills gained this school year? Natalia and Steven will ask tough questions, require students to connect learning to future jobs, and provide everyone a chance to be a BIG Problem Solver! It’s an end-of-year review that students won’t forget!

  • Summer Planning
  • Summer Volunteers 3.a
  • 4.a 6.c
  • Predicting Your Future 5
  • 3.c 5.c 5.d 6 6.a
  • Let’s Write 5
  • 3 6
  • Reminisce and Review 4
  • 4.a
  • Think and Review 5
  • 4 6 6.a 6.c
  • See you next year! 4.a
  • Agrobot 5.c
  • 6.a
  • Traits of a Leader 4.a
  • 4.b 6 6.a
  • See a Problem? Solve It! 4.b
  • 6.a 6.b 6.c
  • Hattiesburg Solar Farm 3.a
  • 3.c 5.c 5.d