Upon a Pivot [2019-2020 edition] is the first of two new Tennessee History for Kids booklets for grade 4 that meet the new social studies standards.
Under the new standards, fourth grade contains two semesters of "straight up" U.S. history. During the course of the year, teachers will teach fourth grade level U.S. history, from colonial times to the end of the Civil War.
Upon a Pivot is intended for the fall of 4th grade.
"This booklet covers the new standards perfectly," says Angie Long, a fourth grade teacher at Mountain City Elementary School in Johnson County. "It makes it possible to use only this book, and not another textbook."
The booklet contains chapters on topics such as the 13 colonies; the Boston Tea Party and the Intolerable Acts; the Revolutionary War; the Articles of Confederation; the U.S. Constitution; the presidency of George Washington; the Lewis and Clark exploration; water power; and the War of 1812, and more.
Its content was previewed, screened and edited by several fourth grade teachers from different parts of Tennessee. Great care and effort was made to make the booklets attractive and interesting to fourth graders.
"Upon a Pivot is a great resource for teaching our new 2019 social studies standards," says Kim Colson, a fourth grade teacher at Allons Elementary School in Overton County. "History Bill has hit most, if not all, of the new standards. Having this book has saved me a lot of time and planning.
"I recommend every fourth grade teacher use this great resource."
The booklet also contains a glossary and an index.
"Upon a Pivot is an awesome resource for fourth grade teachers," says Jocelyn Rimmer, a fourth grade teacher at New Market Elementary School in Jefferson County. "It presents information in a condense and student friendly way. The questions included with each chapter will be great for student discussions and independent work."
There will be another booklet for the spring of 4th grade. It is being written now and will be released in October 2018.