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Skills available for Missouri fourth-grade social studies standards

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1 Knowledge of the principles expressed in documents shaping constitutional democracy in the United States

  • A Principles of constitutional democracy in the United States

    • Identify and explain why Missouri has a constitution and why the state makes and enforces laws

  • B Role of citizens and governments in carrying out constitutional principles

    • Identify rights included in the Bill of Rights, including freedoms of religion, speech, press; to assemble peacefully; to petition the government; and to be treated fairly by the government

  • C Understanding of the main purposes of United States documents

  • D Knowledge of the symbols of our nation

2 Knowledge of principles and processes of governance systems

  • A Principles and purposes of government.

  • B Similarities and differences of governmental systems

  • C Processes of governmental systems

    • a Describe how authoritative decisions are made, enforced and interpreted within the state government

    • b Identify and explain the functions of the three branches of government in the state government

3a Knowledge of continuity and change in the history of Missouri and the United States

  • A Understand the migrations of people from many regions to North America

  • B Knowledge of the ways Missourians have interacted, survived and progressed from the distant past to present times

    • Identify and describe the significance of the individuals from Missouri who have made contributions to our state and national heritage; examples include Lewis and Clark, Mary Easton Sibley, John Berry Meacham, George Washington Carver, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mark Twain, Harry S Truman and Thomas Hart Benton

  • C Discovery, Exploration and Settlement of the United States

    • Locate and describe settlements in Missouri of people of European and African heritage

  • D Perspectives on The American Revolution

  • E Political Developments in the U.S.

  • F Westward Expansion and settlement in the US

  • G Knowledge of contributions of non-Missourians

  • H Reform movements

  • I Understanding the causes and consequences of the Civil War

    • a Explain Missouri's role in the Civil War, i.e., Missouri as a border state

    • b Evaluate the impact of westward expansion on the Native American in Missouri

    • c Describe the changes in Missouri since the Civil War in education, transportation and communication

  • J Understanding economic concepts

  • K Principles and purposes of government

  • L Principles of constitutional democracy in the United States

  • M Processes of governmental systems

  • N Economic development in the United States

  • O Understanding the roles of people, business, and government in the economic system of the United States

  • P Understanding functions and effects of economic institutions

  • Q Knowledge of economic institutions

  • R Understanding the roles of the government in the US economy

  • S Understanding the concept of location

  • T Understanding the concept of Place

  • U Understanding relationships within places

  • V Understanding relationships between and among regions

  • W Foreign and domestic policy developments

  • X Causes, comparisons, and results of major twentieth-century wars

  • Y Understanding cultural changes

  • Z Missouri history as it relates to major developments of United States History

3b Knowledge of continuity and change in the history of the world

4 Knowledge of economic concepts (including productivity and the market system) and principles (including the laws of supply and demand)

  • A Knowledge of basic economic concepts, being able to explain and use them to interpret historical and current events

  • B Understanding the consequences of personal and public economic decisions

    • Interpret past, explain present and predict future consequences of economic decisions. (Decisions would be of a nature that is meaningful to fourth graders, such as decisions made by consumers and decisions pertaining to the environment)

  • C Understanding various types of taxes and their purposes

    • Explain how the state gets the money it needs to provide goods and services, especially by the collection of sales taxes

  • D Interdependence of households, businesses and governments

    • Explain how decisions of households, businesses and governments affect one another

  • E The role of technology in changing the US from an agricultural economy to an industrial economy

  • F Interpreting the past, explaining the present and predicting the future of economic decisions

  • G Compare and contrast economic systems

  • H Understanding the roles of people, business, and government in economic systems of the United States

  • I Understanding the functions and effects of economic institutions

  • J Knowledge of economic institutions

  • K Understanding the roles of government in a market economy

5 Knowledge of major elements of geographical study and analysis (such as location, place, movement and regions) and their relationship to changes in society and the environment

  • A Reading and constructing maps

  • B Understanding the concept of location to make predictions and solve problems

    • Locate the cities of Kansas City, Springfield, St. Louis, Jefferson City, Columbia and St. Joseph

  • C Understanding the concept of place

    • Describe human characteristics of a place, (such as population composition, architecture, kinds of economic and recreational activities, transportation and communication networks, etc.)

  • D Relationships within places (Human-Environment Interactions) (Movement)

    • Describe how people are affected by, depend on, adapt to and change their environments

  • E Understanding relationships between and among places

  • F Understanding relationships between and among regions

  • G Using geography to interpret, explain and predict

    • Use geography to interpret the past (e.g., why rivers have played an important role in human transportation) and predict future consequences (e.g., what will likely happen if the population of a city increases considerably)

  • H Human Systems

  • I Human-environment interactions

  • J Using geography to interpret, explain and plan for the future

6 Knowledge of relationships of the individual and groups to institutions and cultural traditions

  • A Cultures meeting the needs of people

  • B Groups meeting the needs of individuals

    • Analyze how needs are met by groups and organizations (e.g., governments, businesses, schools, religious institutions, charitable organizations, etc.)

  • C Methods of resolving conflicts

    • Evaluate constructive processes or methods for resolving conflicts by using a problem-solving organizer

  • D Knowledge of how needs of individuals are met

  • E Group membership

  • F Effects of actions, cultural, traditions and institutions

  • G Effect of laws and events on relationships

  • H Effect of personal and group experiences on perceptions

  • I Changing ideas, concepts and traditions

  • J Methods of resolving conflicts

  • K Ideas and beliefs of different cultures

  • L Changing of roles of various groups

  • M Major social institutions

  • N Consequences of individual or institutional failure

  • O Causes, effects and resolutions of cultural conflict

7 Knowledge of the use of tools of social science inquiry (such as surveys, statistics, maps and documents)