Students in Grades 3 and 4 are naturally curious and eager to learn. They express interest in the unfamiliar and are developmentally ready by Grade 3 to study geographic skills and concepts. They also begin to develop an understanding of how the environment affects its inhabitants and how people change the land. In the fourth grade, students enjoy hearing stories of Alabama’s past and are ready to be introduced to their first formal chronological study of history. They expand their understanding of historical concepts, individual expressions, societal values, and cultural traditions as they develop an appreciation for the people, places, and events that shaped the history of Alabama.