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Skills available for Indiana fourth-grade social studies standards

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Civics and Government

  • 2 Students describe the components and characteristics of Indiana's constitutional form of government; explain the levels and three branches of Indiana's government; understand citizenship rights and responsibilities; investigate civic and political issues and problems; use inquiry and communication skills to report findings in charts, graphs, written and verbal forms; and demonstrate responsible citizenship by exercising civic virtues and participation skills.

    • Foundations of Government

      • 4.2.1 Explain the major purposes of Indiana's Constitution as stated in the Preamble.

      • 4.2.2 Describe individual rights, such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the right to public education, which people have under Article I of Indiana's Constitution.

    • Functions of Government

      • 4.2.3 Identify and explain the major responsibilities of the legislative (Article 4), executive (Article 5), and judicial branches (Article 7) of state government as written in the Indiana Constitution.

      • 4.2.4 Identify major state offices, the duties and powers associated with them, and how they are chosen, such as by election or appointment.

    • Roles of Citizens

      • 4.2.5 Give examples of how citizens can participate in their state government and explain the right and responsibility of voting.

      • 4.2.6 Define and provide examples of civic virtues in a democracy.

      • 4.2.7 Use a variety of resources to take a position or recommend a course of action on a public issue relating to Indiana's past or present.

Geography

  • 3 Students explain how the Earth/sun relationship influences the climate of Indiana; identify the components of Earth's physical systems; describe the major physical and cultural characteristics of Indiana; give examples of how people have adapted to and modified their environment, past and present; identify regions of Indiana, and compare the geographic characteristics of Indiana with states and regions in other parts of the world/country.

Economics

  • 4 Students study and compare the characteristics of Indiana's changing economy in the past and present.

    • 4.4.1 Give examples of the kinds of goods and services produced in Indiana in different historical periods.

    • 4.4.2 Define productivity and provide examples of how productivity has changed in Indiana during the past 100 years.

    • 4.4.3 Explain how both parties can benefit from trade and give examples of how people in Indiana engaged in trade in different time periods.

    • 4.4.4 Explain that prices change as a result of changes in supply and demand for specific products.

    • 4.4.5 Describe Indiana's emerging global connections.

    • 4.4.6 List the functions of money and compare and contrast things that have been used as money in the past in Indiana, the United States and the world.

    • 4.4.7 Identify entrepreneurs who have influenced Indiana and the local community.

    • 4.4.8 Define profit and describe how profit is an incentive for entrepreneurs.

    • 4.4.9 Identify important goods and services provided by state and local governments by giving examples of how state and local tax revenues are used.

    • 4.4.10 Explain how people save, develop a savings plan, and create a budget in order to make a future purchase.