Age 8-10: Concept 3 - Similarities and Differences: Unit 3

Go on a European vacation. Examine language, transportation, and economic factors of this continent. Compare the cultures of Europe with those of Africa and Asia. Travel through time as you watch the history of Europe unfold — from the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome, to medieval times, to the immigration to North America, and finally to modern day.

This unit can be used independently but is designed to be taught in conjunction with the literature unit Stories from Europe.

Other Items You May Need

The Age 8-10 social studies units utilize a laminated timeline poster to enhance your child's understanding of the chronology of historical events.
$4.99 #332 8-10 Timeline


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books at a 4th or 5th grade reading level
  • Able to write an organized paragraph
  • Usually used by children in fourth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: The Land (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: The People (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Europe, Past and Present (3 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Colonization and Immigration (2 Days)
  • Final Project: The European Nutcracker

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze changes which have occurred in communities past and present. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze similarities and differences among environments and communities in different places. (Social Studies)
  • Compare ways in which people in the local community and communities around the world meet their needs for government, education, communication, transportation, and recreation. (Social Studies)
  • Describe how individuals have contributed to the expansion of communities or the creation of new communities. (Social Studies)
  • Describe how individuals, events, and ideas change over time. (Social Studies)
  • Describe how individuals, events, and ideas have changed communities over time. (Social Studies)
  • Describe similarities and differences among communities in different times and places. (Social Studies)
  • Draw maps of places and regions. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the significance of selected ethnic or cultural contributions. (Social Studies)
  • Identify individual writers and artists and their stories, poems, statues, paintings, and other examples of cultural heritage from communities around the world. (Social Studies)
  • Identify reasons people formed communities, including a need for security, law, and material well-being. (Social Studies)
  • Recognize historical times in terms of years, decades, and centuries. (Social Studies)
  • Use appropriate source maps to locate communities. (Social Studies)
  • Use geographic terminology to describe variations in the physical environment as communities. (Social Studies)
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