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Sample Curriculum Planning Template: Unit of Study for
Grade 4 Social Studies (PDF File)

What? (content knowledge and skills) Learning Expectations:

Social Studies: Medieval Times

Learning Expectations:

  • identify the distinguishing features of medieval society
  • describe the various roles of people in medieval society\
  • describe some design and construction methods of medieval buildings
  • use appropriate vocabulary to describe their inquiries and observations
  • locate relevant information from a variety of sources
  • communicate information using media works, oral presentations, written notes and descriptions and drawings
  • compare medieval community to their own community
  • describe the influence of Christianity on medieval society

Why? (greater purpose)
Anchor Concept(s):

Reflection Questions:

  • What was community life like in medieval times?
  • What role did the Catholic Church play in medieval society?
  • How does this compare to community life in present times?


  • CGE5a works effectively as an interdependent team member
  • CGE5g achieves excellence, originality, and integrity in one's own work and supports these qualities in the work of others
  • CGE7g respects and understands the history, cultural heritage and pluralism of today's contemporary society
Catholic Theme: Community and the Common Good

Evidence of Learning? (assessment plan)
Students will:

  • plan and build a model of a typical medieval community
  • write and present a report that describes life in a medieval community and compares it to present life in their own community

Assessment tools will include:

  • rubric (for both coaching and scoring)
  • checklist and comment sheet (teacher observation and feedback)
  • feedback sheet (visitor feedback)

How? (sequence of learning activities)


  1. Diagnostic Task to Activate Prior Learning (community study, model building, report writing and presentation skills)
  2. Visit to a local museum to study examples of professional models and displays
  3. Develop a coaching rubric (with student participation) and distribution of group tasks so that each group contributes to the production of the finished medieval community and so that within each group there is a fair division of labour
  4. View video presenting aspects of life in medieval communities and the construction techniques used to build castles and cathedrals
  5. Research of Medieval Times
  6. Build models and assemble medieval community and prepare written report "A Day in the Life of …." based on samples found by students or provided by teacher
  7. Teacher, peer and self assessment of work using coaching rubric
  8. Revise community as needed in order to improve presentation prior to public display
  9. Public display/presentation and formative feedback from visitors
  10. Final evaluation by teacher followed by conferencing and goal setting with students

Supporting Resources: (content)

  • Many Gifts , Grade 4 (Gage Educational Publishing)
  • Discovering Castle Days ( Oxford University Press)
  • The Time Traveller Book of Knights and Castles (Usborne Hayes Publishing)
  • World Civilizations: A Comparative Study
    (Oxford University Press) - teacher reference

Supporting Resources: (Catholic perspective)

  • Teacher's Guide for Many Gifts, Grade 4 (Gage Educational Publishing)
  • Community and the Common Good in EOCCC CD Curriculum Support for Catholic Schools: Enhancing the Religious Dimension of Catholic Education

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