The Fourth Grade World Tour theme integrates Social Studies and Language Arts curricula. As we travel, we explore the geography of different places while reading fiction and non-fictions materials from these locales. Not only do fourth graders learn about a given place in the world, but they also develop inferential reasoning skills alongside reading comprehension. We work all year to define the term "American” by gaining a better understanding of how and why people from many nations arrived on our shores. Via this study, students gain familiarity not only with the countries explored, but also with the research process and all its facets—primary source exploration, note taking, and information compilation. In math concepts are internalized to better appreciate their relevance in our everyday lives, through direct instruction and hands-on activities. Students develop narrative and expository writing skills and practice each component of the writing process to focus on the essential elements of writing.