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.
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G7.5.3 Describe differences among rural, suburban, and urban settlement in the United States.
G7.5.4 Describe historical and current economic issues in the U.S. using geographic resources, i.e., illustrate demographic changes due to mining and gaming.
G7.5.5 Describe why types of organizations may differ by geographic region in the U.S.
G8.0 Students understand effects of interactions between human and physical systems and the changes in use, distribution, and importance of resources.
G8.5.1 Describe ways physical environments affect human activity in the United States using historical and contemporary examples.
G8.5.2 Describe how technologies altered the physical environment in the U.S., and the effects of those changes on its people.
G8.5.3 Explore the impact of human modification of the United States' physical environment on the people who live there.
G8.5.4 Identify and locate potential natural hazards in the United States and their impacts on the land and population.
G8.5.5 Describe and compare the distribution patterns and use of natural resources in the United States.
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.
E9.5.1 Describe how scarcity requires a person to make a choice and identify costs associated with that choice.
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.
E10.5.1 Define trade and commodities used in trade.
C13.5.2 Describe the operation of representative government.
C13.5.3 Describe the criteria for U.S. citizenship.
C13.5.4 Explain the symbolic importance of the Pledge of Allegiance and the Fourth of July.
C14.0 U.S., State, and Local Governments - 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.
C14.5.1 Describe examples of national, state, and local laws.
C14.5.2 Identify the three branches of government (as set forth in the U.S. Constitution).