Grade 4 Lesson Plan

Subject: Social Studies

Topic: Human Systems

Content Standard: The population of the United States has changed over time, becoming more diverse (e.g., racial, ethnic, linguistic, religious). Ohio’s population has become increasingly reflective of the cultural diversity of the United States.

Objectives (“I Can” Statements): I can explain how the population of the United States has changed over time, racially, ethnically, linguistically, and religiously. I can show the effect that the Sisters of Notre Dame had on Ohio and, specifically, Cincinnati.


  • Youtube link
  • Post-it notes
  • Poster
  • Census data
  • Chart/graph paper
  • Crayons/markers/colored pencils


  1. Students will watch a video about the School Sisters of Notre Dame which explains and describes the history of the Sisters coming to America and the schools they began to build. ( – 6:30 minutes)
  2. On a post-it note, students will write down one way that the Sisters of Notre Dame have affected the population of America.
  3. On the board, there will be a large poster with a title “Effects of the SND on America.” Students will place their post-it note on the board when finished.
  4. As a class, they will go over the answers. Teacher will provide a brief history about the Sisters coming to America.
  5. Students will be given census data from 1800 and 2000 that reveals information about Ohio’s population with a breakdown based on race, ethnicity, linguistics, and religion. Discuss differences as a class.
  6. In groups of 4, students will make a chart/graph that shows how Ohio’s diversity has changed, with a specific focus on religion and the Sisters of Notre Dame.
  7. Using discussion questions provided by the teacher, students will discuss, in their groups, how Ohio’s population has changed and how they believe that the SNDs have been a large factor.
  8. As a group, students will write a paragraph that explains their thoughts using class discussion, the video, and the census data.
  9. Wrap-up/class debrief


Teachers may use the chart/graph as a means of a group assessment. Additionally, they can use the written paragraph as an assessment. Since this is the students’ first exposure with this topic, they will not have an individual assessment until there has been further discussion of the topic.