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FC: Ancient India


12 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions

Grade: 4th Grade

Weeks: 2.5

Pages: 149

Standards: 4.1 - 4.5, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8, 4.15, 4.15a, 4.15b, 4.15c

File Type: pdf

Slide Deck Included: Yes

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Product SKU: PEDFC431


Like other early civilizations, such as Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt, the Indus Valley civilization developed along a river—the Indus River. In this topic, students examine the beliefs and practices of people who lived in ancient India and during Ashoka’s reign.

126 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions

Lessons are developed using all the sources and readings that are in the social studies course frameworks provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.

What’s included:

  1. Detailed lesson plans aligned with the standards and frameworks
  2. Activities that include all the materials provided in the frameworks
  3. Assessments aligned to the new LDOE field test
  4. Lesson activity workbook/worksheets
  5. Slide deck


  • 4.1 Create and use a chronological sequence of related events to compare developments and describe instances of change and continuity.
  • 4.2 Use a variety of primary and secondary sources to:
  • 4.2a. Analyze social studies content.
  • 4.2b. Explain claims and evidence.
  • 4.2c. Compare and contrast multiple sources.
  • 4.3 Explain connections between ideas, events, and developments in world history.
  • 4.4 Compare and contrast events and developments in world history.
  • 4.5 Construct and express claims that are supported with relevant evidence from primary and/or secondary sources, content knowledge, and clear reasoning in order to:
  • 4.5a Demonstrate an understanding of social studies content.
  • 4.5b. Compare and contrast content and viewpoints.
  • 4.5c. Explain causes and effects.
  • 4.5d. Describe counterclaims.
  • 4.6 Create and use geographic representations to locate and describe places and geographic characteristics, including hemispheres; landforms such as continents, oceans, rivers, mountains, and deserts; cardinal and intermediate directions; climate and environment.
  • 4.7 Use geographic representations and historical information to explain how physical geography influenced the development of ancient civilizations and empires.
  • 4.8 Describe the origin and spread of major world religions as they developed throughout history.
  • 4.15 Describe the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of ancient India.
  • 4.15a Identify and locate geographic features of ancient India, including the Ganges River, Indus River, Himalayan Mountains, Indian Ocean, and the subcontinent of India.
  • 4.15b Explain the emergence of civilization in the Indus River Valley as an early agricultural civilization and describe its achievements, including architecture built with bricks, roads arranged into a series of grid systems, and sewer systems.
  • 4.15c Identify the long‐lasting intellectual traditions that emerged during the late empire of ancient India, including advances in medicine and Hindu‐Arabic numerals.

Framing Question

What ideas, practices, and events united groups across the vast Indian subcontinent?

Supporting Questions

  1. How did physical geography influence civilization in the Indus River Valley?
  2. What evidence shows that a civilization was present in the Indus River Valley, and why do so many mysteries remain?
  3. What are the origins of Hinduism and Buddhism?
  4. What advances were made during the Mauryan Dynasty, and what did Ashoka accomplish?




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