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Skills available for Colorado fourth-grade social studies standards

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1 History

2 Geography

  • 1 Use several types of geographic tools to answer questions about the geography of Colorado

    • Inquiry Questions:

      • 1 Which geographic tools are best to locate information about a place?

      • 2 Why did settlements and large cities develop where they did in Colorado?

      • 3 How are the regions of Colorado defined by geography?

      • 4 How does the physical location of Colorado affect its relationship with other regions of the United States and the world?

    • Relevance and Application:

      • 1 Individuals and businesses learn how to use geographic tools to answer questions about their state and region to make informed choices. For example, a family reads a weather map and researches road conditions to inform their decision to go to the mountains in the winter.

      • 2 Individuals and businesses use geographic tools to collect and analyze data regarding the area where they live.

    • Nature of Geography:

      • 1 Spatial thinkers gather appropriate tools to formulate and answer questions related to space and place.

      • 2 Spatial thinkers use tools to compare and contrast geographic locations.

  • 2 Connections within and across human and physical systems are developed

    • Inquiry Questions:

      • 1 What physical characteristics led various cultural groups to select the places they did for settlement in Colorado?

      • 2 How did Colorado settlers alter their environment to facilitate communication and transportation?

      • 3 How does the physical environment affect human activity?

      • 4 How does human activity affect the environment?

    • Relevance and Application:

      • 1 Individuals and businesses consider geographic factors in making settlement decisions. For example, Colorado Springs has a dry climate that is favorable for computer companies, and ski resorts developed in the Rocky Mountains.

      • 2 Individuals and businesses adapt to and modify the environment. For example, businesses and resorts have been created near hot springs throughout the state.

    • Nature of Geography:

      • 1 Spatial thinkers evaluate how physical features affect the development of a sense of place.

3 Economics

  • 1 People respond to positive and negative incentives

  • 2 The relationship between choice and opportunity cost

    • Inquiry Questions:

      • 1 What different ways does an individual have to get information when making a decision?

      • 2 How do you know when you've made a good decision?

      • 3 How do you know when you've made a bad decision?

    • Relevance and Application:

      • 1 Knowledge of the relationship between choice and opportunity cost leads to good decision-making. For example, a business may have an opportunity to purchase inexpensive land, but the cost may be in the travel time.

      • 2 Decisions are made daily regarding risks such as riding a bicycle, skiing, riding in a car, and spending all of an allowance immediately rather than saving.

      • 3 Businesses make choices about risk. For example, a company locates in a country that has an unstable government or extends credit to individuals.

    • Nature of Economics:

4 Civics

  • 1 Analyze and debate multiple perspectives on an issue

    • Inquiry Questions:

      • 1 How can government answer questions about issues in a state in various ways?

      • 2 How do diverse opinions enrich a community?

      • 3 How does an individual’s experience and background influence perception of an issue?

      • 4 Why is it important to research issues and engage in civil debates?

    • Relevance and Application:

      • 1 The art of debate, critical reasoning, and active listening are skills that foster informed choices. For example, school boards review the pros and cons of an issue such as dress code and make a policy decision.

      • 2 The ability to critically analyze multiple perspectives for solutions allows for improved problem-solving. For example, members of a social organization review multiple proposals to select a philanthropic cause for the year.

    • Nature of Civics:

      • 1 Responsible community members recognize opportunities to study the effectiveness of various ways to influence state public policy or help industry create an environmentally conscious development.

      • 2 Responsible community members understand the relationships between state government and citizens.

  • 2 The origins, structure, and functions of the Colorado government

    • Inquiry Questions:

      • 1 Why is Colorado’s Constitution important to individuals?

      • 2 What would state government look like if one of the branches had more power than the others?

      • 3 What would Colorado be like without a state government?

      • 4 To what extent were various individuals and organizations in the state important in the development of Colorado’s government?

    • Relevance and Application:

      • 1 Knowledge of the origins, structure, and functions of Colorado’s government provides for participation, influence and benefits. For example, individuals can vote on ballot issues that affect taxes.

      • 2 Technology helps to investigate resources and ask for government support and services. For example, someone wanting to open a restaurant can visit the Department of Health website to get information.

    • Nature of Civics:

      • 1 Responsible community members understand the structure, function, and origin of the state government.