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Skills available for Colorado third-grade social studies standards

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1 History develops moral understanding, defines identity and creates an appreciation of how things change while building skills in judgment and decision-making. History enhances the ability to read varied sources and develop the skills to analyze, interpret and communicate.

2 Geography provides students with an understanding of spatial perspectives and technologies for spatial analysis, awareness of interdependence of world regions and resources and how places are connected at local, national and global scales.

3 Economics teaches how society manages its scarce resources, how people make decisions, how people interact in the domestic and international markets, and how forces and trends affect the economy as a whole. Personal financial literacy applies the economic way of thinking to help individuals understand how to manage their own scarce resources using a logical decision-making process of prioritization based on analysis of the costs and benefits of every choice.

  • 1 Describe producers and consumers and how goods and services are exchanged

    • a Describe the difference between producers and consumers and explain how they need each other

    • b Describe and give examples of forms of exchange including but not limited to trade and barter

    • c Describe how the exchange of goods and services between businesses and consumers affects all parties

    • d Recognize that different currencies and forms of exchange that exist and list the functions of money to include but not limited to such topics as medium of exchange, store of value, and measure of value

    • e Give examples of how trade benefits individuals and communities and increases interdependency

  • 2 Describe how to meet short term financial goals

    • a Identify sources of income including gifts, allowances, and earnings

    • b Recognize that there are costs and benefits associated with borrowing to meet a short-term financial goal

    • c Identify jobs children can do to earn money for personal, philanthropic, or entrepreneurial goals

    • d Create a plan for a short-term financial goal

    • e Describe the steps necessary to reach short-term financial goals

4 Civics teaches the complexity of the origins, structure, and functions of governments; the rights, roles and responsibilities of ethical citizenship; the importance of law; and the skills necessary to participate in all levels of government.

  • 1 Respecting the views and rights of others is a key component of a democratic society

    • a Identify and apply the elements of civil discourse including but not limited to listening with respect for understanding and speaking in a respectful manner

    • b Identify important economic and personal rights and how they relate to others

    • c Give examples of the relationship between rights and responsibilities

  • 2 The origins, structure, and functions of local government