As students become increasingly sophisticated and informed thinkers, they are provided opportunities to develop and apply skills that enhance critical thinking processes by developing and applying 21st Century Skills. Content literacy is the acquisition and application of reading, writing and oral communication skills to construct knowledge. Information, media, and technology literacy is the acquisition, organization, use, and evaluation of information that prepares students to be active, informed, and literate citizens. These skills are an essential part of the study of social studies and should be integrated within the content.
Use pre-reading to skim text for main ideas.
Identify main idea and sequence of events in a social studies context.
G7.3.4 Use a map to display information about an economic product.
G7.3.5 Describe purposes for various organizations.
G8.0 Students understand effects of interactions between human and physical systems and the changes in use, distribution, and importance of resources.
G8.3.1 Predict possible geographic changes that could take place in the neighborhood or community.
G8.3.2 List tools, machines, or technologies that people have used to change the physical environment.
G8.3.3 Compare ways people modify the physical environment.
G8.3.4 Identify people, groups, and organizations that respond to natural hazards.
G8.3.5 Describe ways humans depend on and manage natural resources within their communities.
E9.0 Students will understand how scarcity and incentives affect choices, how markets work, why markets form, how supply and demand interact to determine the market price, and how changes in prices act as economic signals to coordinate trade.
E9.3.1 Identify needs as high priority wants, and wants as goods, services, or leisure activities.
E9.3.2 Give examples of prices consumers have paid when buying goods and services.
E9.3.3 Give examples of prices set by businesses for selling goods and services.
E9.3.4 Demonstrate an understanding of income and give examples.
E10.0 Students will identify indicators used to measure economic performance, understand key aspects of how the economy acts as a system, and understand the roles of money, interest rates, savers, and borrowers, financial institutions, and the central bank in our economy.
E10.3.1 Identify forms of money used by people across time and place.
E10.3.2 Define banking terms, including saving, interest, and borrowing.
C14.0 Students understand the U.S. Constitution and the government it creates, including the relationship between national and sub-national governments, as well as the structure and function of state and local governments.
C14.3.1 Name the current President of the United States.
C14.3.2 Name the current mayor of the town.
C15.0 Students describe the roles of political parties, elections, interest groups, media, and public opinion in the democratic process.
C15.3.1 List the qualities of a leader.
C15.3.2 Discuss why people form groups.
C15.3.3 Introduce sources of information people use to form an opinion.
C16.0 Students explain the different political systems in the world and how those systems relate to the United States and its citizens.