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Skills available for Kentucky sixth-grade social studies standards

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Government and Civics

  • Enduring Knowledge – Understandings

    • SS-6-GC-U-1 the purposes and sources of power in present day governments vary, each reflecting and impacting the culture(s) of the people governed.

    • SS-6-GC-U-2 individual rights of people vary under different forms of government.

    • SS-6-GC-U-3 democratic governments of the present day function to protect the rights, liberty and property of their citizens while promoting the common good.

    • SS-6-GC-U-4 the United States does not exist in isolation; its democratic form of government has played and continues to play a role in our interconnected society.

  • Skills and Concepts

    • SS-6-GC-S-1 demonstrate an understanding (e.g., speak, draw, write, projects, present) of the nature of government:

      • a describe different forms of government in the present day

      • b compare purposes and sources of power in the most common forms of government (e.g., monarchy, democracy, republic, dictatorship) in the present day

      • c explain how democratic governments of the present day function to preserve and protect the rights (e.g., voting), liberty, and property of their citizens by making, enacting and enforcing appropriate rules and laws

      • d analyze information found in current events/news (e.g., TV, radio, Internet, articles) about different present day governments and how they may reflect/impact culture

    • SS-6-GC-S-2 describe/give examples of similarities and differences between rights and responsibilities of individuals living in countries with different forms of government

    • SS-6-GC-S-3 analyze information from a variety of print and non-print sources (e.g., books, documents, articles, observations, interviews) to investigate, explain and answer questions about different forms of government in the present day

Cultures and Societies

  • Enduring Knowledge – Understandings

    • SS-6-CS-U-1 culture is a system of beliefs, knowledge, institutions, customs/traditions, languages and skills shared by a group of people. Through a society's culture, individuals learn the relationships, structures, patterns and processes to be members of the society.

    • SS-6-CS-U-2 cultures develop social institutions (e.g., government, economy, education, religion, family) to structure society, influence behavior and respond to human needs.

    • SS-6-CS-U-3 interactions among individuals and groups assume various forms (e.g., compromise, cooperation, conflict, competition) and are influenced by culture.

    • SS-6-CS-U-4 culture affects how people in a society behave in relation to groups and their environment.

    • SS-6-CS-U-5 an appreciation of the diverse complexity of cultures is essential in our global society.

  • Skills and Concepts

    • SS-6-CS-S-1 demonstrate an understanding (e.g., speak, draw, write, sing, create) of the complexity of culture by exploring cultural elements (e.g., beliefs, customs/traditions, languages, skills, literature, the arts) of diverse groups and explaining how culture serves to define present day groups and may result in unique perspectives

    • SS-6-CS-S-2 investigate social institutions (e.g., family, religion, education, government, economy) in relation to how they respond to human needs, structure society and influence behavior in the present day

    • SS-6-CS-S-3 explain how communications between groups can be influenced by cultural differences; explain how interactions (e.g., political, economic, religious, ethnic) can lead to conflict and competition among individuals and groups in the present day

    • SS-6-CS-S-4 describe conflicts between individuals or groups and explain how compromise and cooperation are possible choices to resolve conflict among individuals and groups in the United States and across regions of the world in the present day

    • SS-6-CS-S-5 compare examples of cultural elements (e.g., language, the arts, customs/traditions, beliefs, skills and literature) of diverse groups in the present day, including non-western cultures within the United States, in current events/news using information from a variety of print and non-print sources (e.g., media, literature, interviews, observations, documentaries, artifacts)


  • Enduring Knowledge – Understandings

  • Skills and Concepts

    • SS-6-E-S-1 demonstrate an understanding of the nature of limited resources and scarcity, using a variety of print and non-print sources (e.g., news media, news magazines, textbook, Internet) to investigate present day economic problems within the U.S. and in world regions:

    • SS-6-E-S-2 demonstrate an understanding of markets by providing scenarios to illustrate how goods and services are exchanged; explain how money can be used to express the market value of goods and services; describe the relationship between money and ease of trading, borrowing, investing and saving; analyze the connections between economic conditions and current events of the present day

    • SS-6-E-S-3 investigate the production and distribution of goods and services in present day societies:

      • a describe how competition among buyers and sellers impacts the price of goods and services

      • b explain ways in which societies (within the U.S. and in world regions) address basic economic questions (e.g., how resources are used to produce goods and services, how regions increase productivity) about the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services

      • c analyze examples that demonstrate interdependence of international economic activities


  • Enduring Knowledge – Understandings

    • SS-6-G-U-1 the use of geographic tools (e.g., maps, globes, photographs, models, charts, graphs, databases, and satellite images) and mental maps helps interpret information, analyze patterns and spatial data, and solve geographic issues in the present day.

    • SS-6-G-U-2 patterns emerge as humans move, settle, and interact on Earth's surface and can be identified by examining the location of physical and human characteristics, how they are arranged, and why they are in particular locations. Economic, political, cultural and social processes interact to shape patterns of human populations, interdependence, cooperation and conflict.

    • SS-6-G-U-3 regions help us to see Earth as an integrated system of places and features organized by such principles as landform types, political units, economic patterns and cultural groups.

    • SS-6-G-U-4 people depend on, adapt to, or modify the environment to meet basic needs. Human actions modify the physical environment and in turn, the physical environment limits or promotes human activities in the present day.

    • SS-6-G-U-5 citizens in an interdependent global community change their environment through the use of land and other resources. Many of the important issues facing societies and nations involve the consequences of interactions between human and physical systems.

  • Skills and Concepts

    • SS-6-G-S-1 demonstrate an understanding of patterns on the Earth's surface, using a variety of geographic tools (e.g., maps, globes, charts, graphs, satellite images):

    • SS-6-G-S-2 investigate regions of the Earth's surface using information from print and non-print sources (e.g., books, films, magazines, Internet, geographic tools):

      • a explain relationships between and among physical characteristics (e.g., mountains, bodies of water, valleys) of present day regions and how they are made distinctive by human characteristics (e.g., dams, roads, urban centers); describe advantages and disadvantages for human activities (e.g., exploration, migration, trade, settlement) that resulted

      • b describe patterns of human settlement in the present day; explain relationships between these patterns and human needs; analyze how factors (e.g., war, famine, disease, economic opportunity, technology) impact human migration today

      • c evaluate how availability of technology, resources and knowledge causes places and regions in the present day to change

      • e interpret current events in the world from a geographic perspective

    • SS-6-G-S-3 investigate interactions among human activities and the physical environment in the present day:

      • a explain how people modify the physical environment (e.g., dams, roads, bridges) to meet their needs in different regions

      • b describe how the physical environment can promote or restrict human activities (e.g., exploration, migration, trade, settlement, development) in the present day

      • c explain cause and effect relationships between the natural resources of a place or region and its political, social and economic development

      • d describe how individual and group perspectives impact the use (e.g., urban development, recycling) of natural resources using current events

Historical Perspective

  • Enduring Knowledge – Understandings

    • SS-6-HP-U-1 interactions among countries and people are complex because of cultural, political, economic, geographic and historical differences.

    • SS-6-HP-U-2 people and groups react and adapt to change over time in a variety of ways based on their needs, goals and experiences.

  • Skills and Concepts

    • SS-6-HP-S-1 demonstrate an understanding of the interpretative nature of history using a variety of tools and resources (e.g., primary and secondary sources, Internet, timelines, maps):

      • a investigate and chronologically describe (e.g., using timelines, charts, fictional and report writing, role playing) major events in present day regions of the world and draw inferences about their importance

      • b examine potential causes of recent historical events and show connections among causes and effects; use cause-effect relationships to identify patterns of historical change influenced by government, culture, economics and/or geography

      • c analyze historical events, conditions and perspectives of different individuals and groups (e.g., by gender, race, region, ethnic group, age, economic status, religion, political group) in present day regions of the world

    • SS-6-HP-S-2 analyze major historical events and people in present day regions of the world using information from print and non-print sources (e.g., biographies, autobiographies, films, magazines, Internet)