Our United States of America: Catholic Social Studies

Social Studies & Geography

Social Studies, Grade 4
This full-year course introduces students to the geography, history, economy, and culture of all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C., and the U.S. territories.

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A fourth-grade course on the United States of America that is full-color, Catholic, and current! This student-friendly program introduces students to social studies while showing them that they, too, are part of history and society.  

Children will learn of faithful Catholics who dramatically impacted and are impacting the development of our country: from government leaders to doctors who served the poor, Native American Catholics, and religious who saved a western town from outlaws. As students learn, they are guided to think of ways that Our Lord might be calling them to change society and history, too.

Meanwhile, “Mysteries of History,” “A Nation Built by Immigrants,” and “Did You Know?” sidebars introduce students to people and topics such as the Bill of Rights, Haym Salomon, Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys, the Pony Express, the Industrial Revolution, and the Mason-Dixon Line.

The Student Workbook concludes with a step-by-step, 40-page guide to exploring the history, geography, economy, and culture of the student’s own state. By the end of this nine-week “State Study,” the student will have put together a written and oral report on his state, illustrated by maps, photos of field trips, and drawings of the state flag, bird, and flower. Extra: while the student is gaining an in-depth knowledge of his own state, he will also be learning valuable researching and writing skills!

The Our USA program (text and workbook) includes:

  • introduction to the geography, history, economy, and culture of all fifty states; Washington, D.C.; and the U.S. territories
  • investigation of U.S. history and social studies
  • 20 “Catholic Heritage” features, which tell the story of an American Catholic hero
  • geography and map study
  • hands-on “living learning” activities 
  • worksheets and tests to complement lessons
  • a nine-week, in-depth, hands-on state study guide to the student’s own state
  • study and writing tips as students begin to transition from primary to middle school work
  • reviews and tests
  • complete answer key

Our United States of America is recommended for use in fourth grade. A daily schedule for this program is available in CHC Lesson Plans: Fourth Grade or Our United States of America Daily Lesson Plans.

Product Code: USA-T
Format: Softcover
Binding: Perfect bound
Page Count: 210 pages
Dimensions: 8.5″×11″
ISBN: 9780988379732
Returnable? Yes, view return policy.
Consumable? No, purchase one per family.
Answer key: None required.

Product Code: USA-W
Format: Softcover
Binding: Perfect bound
Page Count: 132 pages
Dimensions: 8.5″×11″
ISBN: 9780988379749
Returnable? Yes, view return policy.
Consumable? Yes, purchase one per student.
Answer key: A removable answer key is included in the back of the book.

Oliver Corrigan holds a Master of Science in Secondary Education from the University of Akron. He teaches history at a Catholic high school in Columbus, Ohio. He lives with his beautiful wife Laura, and their five equally beautiful children: Daniel, Philip, Kathleen, Veronica and Brigid.

Photo submitted by Becky, KS.

My fourth grader with his state of Kansas cake, including major rivers. CHC has been such a blessing to us. Just what I needed!

Photo submitted by Margaret, NY.

This is our daughter, and her new baby sister…. She makes a happy distraction to the school day and a happy partner to have while learning about the West in Our United States of America.

Photo submitted by Pamela, TX.

My daughter Jamie finished the 1st Unit of Our United States of America. She was supposed to make a cake of her state but because she has a wheat allergy we made a big rice crispie treat instead 🙂

"My daughter's sod house made from brownies." —Megan, NJ

We began using CHC materials before becoming Catholic, while we were exploring conversion. It has been wonderful to have history, geography, and science materials that are compatible with Catholic teaching. We have so much enjoyed learning as we go along with CHC materials, which have gently guided our family in integrating the Faith with life and learning.

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