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Skills available for Minnesota fourth-grade social studies standards

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1 Citizenship and Government

  • 1 Civic Skills

    • 1 Democratic government depends on informed and engaged citizens who exhibit civic skills and values, practice civic discourse, vote and participate in elections, apply inquiry and analysis skills and take action to solve problems and shape public policy.

      • Describe how people take action to influence a decision on a specific issue; explain how local, state, national or tribal governments have addressed that issue.

  • 4 Governmental Institutions and Political Processes

    • 6 The United States government has specific functions that are determined by the way that power is delegated and controlled among various bodies: the three levels (federal, state, local) and the three branches (legislative, executive, judicial) of government.

      • Describe tribal government and some of the services it provides; distinguish between United States and tribal forms of government.

      • Identify the major roles and responsibilities of elected and appointed leaders in the community, state and nation; name some current leaders who function in these roles and how they are selected.

2 Economics

  • 1 Economic Reasoning Skills

    • 1 People make informed economic choices by identifying their goals, interpreting and applying data, considering the short- and long-run costs and benefits of alternative choices and revising their goals based on their analysis.

      • Apply a reasoned decision-making process to make a choice.

  • 3 Fundamental Concepts

    • 3 Because of scarcity individuals, organizations and governments must evaluate trade-offs, make choices and incur opportunity costs.

      • Define the productivity of a resource and describe ways to increase it.

  • 4 Microeconomic Concepts

3 Geography

4 History

  • 1 Historical Thinking Skills

    • 2 Historical inquiry is a process in which multiple sources and different kinds of historical evidence are analyzed to draw conclusions about how and why things happened in the past.

      • Use maps to compare and contrast a particular region in the United States, and also Canada or Mexico, at different points in time.

  • 2 Peoples, Cultures, and Change Over Time