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Skills available for Colorado seventh-grade social studies standards

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1 History

2 Geography

  • 1 Use geographic tools to gather data and make geographic inferences and predictions

    • Inquiry Questions:

      • 1 How would the world be different if we had no maps?

      • 2 How could geographic data be used for both positive and negative results?

      • 3 Why do so many maps of the world put North America in the center?

    • Relevance and Application:

      • 1 Geographic tools and the data they represent help businesses make decisions regarding location such as the best location for a business or the next Olympics.

      • 2 Geography and technology enable the ability to make predictions about such topics as population expansion and need for services.

    • Nature of Geography:

      • 1 Spatial thinkers use geographic tools to discover and investigate geographic patterns.

      • 2 Spatial thinkers use knowledge about the environment to study its influence on individuals and groups.

  • 2 Regions have different issues and perspectives

    • Inquiry Questions:

      • 1 Why do geographers use a variety of maps to represent the world?

      • 2 How can a location be in different regions at the same time?

      • 3 How do regional issues affect larger areas?

      • 4 Do regions with similar issues around the world have similar geographic characteristics?

    • Relevance and Application:

      • 1 Individuals and businesses understand the characteristics of a region and its needs. For example, a snowmobile business should not be located in the South and restaurants reflect regional tastes in foods.

      • 2 Regional access to resources affects individual perceptions, what they value, and how they react. For example, water consumption may be based on availability.

    • Nature of Geography:

3 Economics

  • 1 Supply and demand influence price and profit in a market economy

  • 2 The distribution of resources influences economic production and individual choices

    • Inquiry Questions:

      • 1 How is it advantageous and disadvantageous when a country has valuable resources located within its borders?

      • 2 How does a country acquire resources it does not have?

      • 3 How does the availability or the lack of resources influence production and distribution?

      • 4 What would countries look like without taxes?

    • Relevance and Application:

      • 1 Various factors that influence production, including resources, supply and demand, and price (PFL), affect individual consumer choices over time.

      • 2 Technology is used to explore relationships of economic factors and issues related to individual consumers.

      • 3 Analysis of the distribution and location of resources helps businesses to determine business practices such as large companies locating near transportation.

    • Nature of Economics:

      • 1 Economic thinkers analyze factors impacting production, distribution, and consumption.

      • 2 Economic thinkers gather data regarding trends in production, use of resources, and consumer choices.

      • 3 Financially responsible individuals understand the purposes of and responsibility to pay various taxes such as property, income and sales.

4 Civics

  • 1 Compare how various nations define the rights, responsibilities, and roles of citizens

    • Inquiry Questions:

      • 1 What are fundamental human rights?

      • 2 How can the definition of citizen change?

      • 3 What is the purpose of government?

      • 4 What roles of citizens are the most important?

    • Relevance and Application:

      • 1 The comparison of how different nations define the rights, responsibilities and roles of their citizens helps to understand the actions and reactions of various nations and their citizens to current events. For example, groups in France and Italy freely demonstrate while demonstrations in China are less frequent.

    • Nature of Civics:

  • 2 Different forms of government and international organizations and their influence in the world community

    • Inquiry Questions:

      • 1 How do international laws and organizations help encourage ethical governmental practices?

      • 2 How do the aggressive actions of a nation influence other nations and international organizations?

      • 3 What leads to cooperation, competition, or aggression between and among nations?

      • 4 Why do governments form alliances and join international organizations?

    • Relevance and Application:

      • 1 The use of technology to research how various countries, their governments, and nongovernmental organizations work collaboratively to solve issues allows global participation in advocacy for beliefs. For example, scientists from different nations work together to help solve the global warming issues and charitable organizations send aid to areas of need.

      • 2 International organizations influence the world community to contribute or protect beliefs and interests. For example, the European Union was created for economic reasons, and the International Committee of the Red Cross was created to support people in crisis.

    • Nature of Civics:

      • 1 Responsible community members know the components of various systems of government.

      • 2 Responsible community members develop criteria to apply standards of ethics and quality in evaluating the effectiveness of government.

      • 3 Responsible community members understand the connections and complexities of interactions among nations.