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Skills available for Nevada fourth-grade social studies standards

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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.

  • Content Literacy

    • Skim text for main ideas.

    • Identify main idea, sequence of events, and cause and effect in a social studies context.

    • Identify fact and opinion.

    • Use reading and writing to respond to historical literature.

    • Increase comprehension through notes and graphic organizers.

  • Information, Media & Technology Literacy

    • Ask questions to identify a research topic.

    • Conduct research by locating, gathering, and organizing information.

    • Present information orally and in writing.

    • Create maps, graphs, charts, diagrams to demonstrate knowledge.

    • Demonstrate positive social and ethical behaviors when using technology and discuss consequences of inappropriate use.

    • Use technology tools for individual and collaborative writing, communication, and publishing.

    • Use the technology to efficiently and effectively access information.

  • Historical Analysis & Interpretation

  • Civic Participation

    • Show responsibility for the well-being of oneself and family.

    • Listen and participate as a member of a group in the classroom.

    • Participate as a member of the school community.

H1.0 Students understand the development, characteristics, and interaction of people, cultures, societies, religion, and ideas.

  • H1.4.1 Describe the lifestyles of Nevada's Desert Archaic people.

  • H1.4.2 Define hunter-gatherer.

  • H1.4.3 Describe the lifestyles of Nevada's Native American cultures.

  • H1.4.4 Discuss the interactions of pioneers with the Great Basin Indians.

  • H1.4.5 Identify contributions of immigrants in Nevada.

H2.0 Students understand the people, events, ideas, and conflicts that lead to the evolution of nations, empires, distinctive cultures, and political and economic ideas.

  • H2.4.1 Discuss examples of compromise and conflict within Nevada, i.e., Pyramid Lake Wars, water allocation, Sagebrush Rebellion.

  • H2.4.2 Describe the experiences of pioneers moving west.

  • H2.4.3 Identify explorers and settlers in pre-territorial Nevada.

  • H2.4.4 Identify the diverse population of Nevada's early settlers and discuss their unique experiences.

  • H2.4.5 Explain the symbols, mottoes, and slogans related to Nevada, i.e., "Battle Born," the state seal, and "Silver State."

  • H2.4.6 Explain how United States conflicts affected life and society in Nevada.

H3.0 Students understand how social ideas and individual action lead to social, political, economic, and technological change.

  • H3.4.1 Compare and/or contrast their daily lives with children in Nevada's past.

  • H3.4.2 Recognize that communities include people who have diverse ethnic origins, customs, and traditions, and who make contributions to Nevada.

  • H3.4.3 Define social responsibility.

  • H3.4.4 Explain how advances in technologies have impacted Nevada, i.e., railroads, mining, and gaming.

  • H3.4.5 Discuss major news events on the local and state levels.

H4.0 Students understand the interaction and interdependence of nations around the world. Students understand the impact of economics, politics, religion, and culture on international relationships.

  • H4.4.1 Describe the economic and cultural influence other nations have on the state of Nevada.

G5.0 Students use maps, globes, and other geographic tools and technologies to locate and extrapolate information about people, places, and environments.

  • G5.4.1 Identify and use intermediate directions on a compass rose to locate places on a map of Nevada.

  • G5.4.2 Identify spatial patterns on a map of Nevada, i.e., deserts, mountains, population.

  • G5.4.3 Construct a map of Nevada displaying human and physical features.

  • G5.4.4 Utilize different types of Nevada maps, i.e., population and physical maps, to understand spatial distribution.

G6.0 Students understand the physical and human features of places and use this information to define and study regions and their patterns of change.

  • G6.4.1 Describe the distinguishing features of historical regions in Nevada, i.e., Native American tribal territories, pioneer trails, and settlement areas.

  • G6.4.2 Identify regional changes in Nevada over time.

  • G6.4.3 Identify and describe the diversity and cultural traditions of Nevada's people, i.e., Native Americans, Basque communities.

  • G6.4.4 Show how regional change in Nevada from decade to decade has affected characteristics of place, i.e., plows allow farmers to prepare the land for planting, pick axes assist in mining operations.

  • G6.4.5 Locate the counties and county seats of Nevada.

  • G6.4.6 Identify the equator, Prime Meridian, and the International Date Line.

G7.0 Students understand how economic, political, and cultural processes interact to shape patterns of human migration and settlement, influence and interdependence, and conflict and cooperation.

  • G7.4.1 Describe differences in population distribution within Nevada regions.

  • G7.4.2 List examples of movements of people, goods, and ideas into and across Nevada.

  • G7.4.3 Describe differences among rural, suburban, and urban settlement in Nevada.

  • G7.4.4 Describe historical and current economic issues in Nevada using geographic resources, i.e., illustrate demographic changes due to mining and gaming.

  • G7.4.5 Describe why types of organizations may differ by geographic region in Nevada.

G8.0 Students understand effects of interactions between human and physical systems and the changes in use, distribution, and importance of resources.

  • G8.4.1 Describe ways physical environments affect human activity in Nevada using historical and contemporary examples.

  • G8.4.2 Describe how technologies altered the physical environment in Nevada, and the effects of those changes on its people.

  • G8.4.3 Explore the impact of human modification of Nevada's physical environment on the people who live there.

  • G8.4.4 Identify natural hazards in Nevada and their impact on the population.

  • G8.4.5 Describe the distribution patterns of natural resources in Nevada.

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.

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.

  • E10.4.1 Discuss how the discovery of silver in Nevada affected the forms of money in circulation.

  • E10.4.2 Identify instances in which people might pay interest or receive interest.

  • E10.4.3 Discuss reasons people use banks.

  • E10.4.4 Define productive resources.

  • E10.4.5 Define per capita.

E11.0 Students will identify the causes of economic change; explain how the U.S. economic system responds to those changes; and explain how other economic systems respond to change.

  • E11.4.1 Identify a for-profit and a not-for-profit organization in the community and a service each provides.

  • E11.4.2 Define entrepreneur and identify those individuals in Nevada.

  • E11.4.3 Describe resources that are limited in Nevada and ways in which resources are shared.

E12.0 Students will explore trends in international trade, the impact of trade on the U.S. economy, and the role of exchange rates.

  • E12.4.1 Define imports and exports.

  • E12.4.2 Identify goods that would not be readily available in Nevada without international trade.

C13.0 Students know why society needs rules, laws, and government and understand the roles, rights, and responsibilities of citizens.

  • C13.4.1 Identify and discuss examples of rules, laws, and authorities that keep people safe and property secure in the state of Nevada.

  • C13.4.2 Explain that democracy involves voting, majority rule, and setting rules.

  • C13.4.3 Describe the criteria for Nevada citizenship.

  • C13.4.4 Discuss the symbolic importance of the Pledge of Allegiance.

  • C13.4.5 Explain why we celebrate Nevada Day.

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.

C15.0 Students describe the roles of political parties, elections, interest groups, media, and public opinion in the democratic process.

  • C15.4.1 Describe the qualities of a leader.

  • C15.4.2 Define and give examples of state and local interest groups.

  • C15.4.3 Identify 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.

  • C16.4.1 Identify their county, city, state, and country.