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Skills available for New Mexico fourth-grade social studies standards

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  • I Students are able to identify important people and events in order to analyze significant patterns, relationships, themes, ideas, beliefs, and turning points in New Mexico, United States, and world history in order to understand the complexity of the human experience.

    • I-A Describe how contemporary and historical people and events have influenced New Mexico communities and regions

      • 1 Identify important issues, events, and individuals from New Mexico pre-history to the present.

      • 2 Describe the role of contemporary figures and how their contributions and perspectives are creating impact in New Mexico.

    • I-B Understand connections among historical events, people, and symbols significant to United States history and cultures.

      • 1 Describe local events and their connections and relationships to national history.

    • I-C Students will identify and describe similar historical characteristics of the United States and its neighboring countries.

    • I-D Understand time passage and chronology.


Civics and Government


  • IV Students understand basic economic principles and use economic reasoning skills to analyze the impact of economic systems (including the market economy) on individuals, families, businesses, communities, and governments.

    • IV-A Understand that individuals, households, businesses, governments, and societies make decisions that affect the distribution of resources and that these decisions are influenced by incentives (both economic and intrinsic).

      • 1 Understand when choices are made that those choices impose "opportunity costs."

      • 2 Describe different economic, public, and/or community incentives (wages, business profits, amenities rights for property owners and renters).

      • 3 Illustrate how resources can be used in alternative ways and, sometimes, allocated to different users.

      • 4 Explain why there may be unequal distribution of resources (e.g., among people, communities, states, nations).

      • 5 Understand and explain how conflict may arise between private and public incentives (e.g., new parks, parking structures).

    • IV-B Understand that economic systems impact the way individuals, households, businesses, governments, and societies make decisions about goods and services.

      • 1 Understand how the characteristics and benefits of the free enterprise system in New Mexico compares to other economic systems in New Mexico (e.g., acequia systems).

      • 2 Explain that government raises money by taxing and borrowing to pay for the goods and services it provides.

    • IV-C Understand the patterns and results of trade and exchange among individuals, households, businesses, governments, and societies, and their interdependent qualities.

      • 1 Identify patterns of work and economic activity in New Mexico and their sustainability over time (e.g., farming, ranching, mining, retail, transportation, manufacturing, tourism, high tech).

      • 2 Explain how New Mexico, the United States, and other parts of the world are economically interdependent.

      • 3 Explain that banks handle currency and other forms of money and serve as intermediaries between savers and borrowers.

      • 4 Explain that money can be used to express the "market value" of goods and services in the form of prices.

      • 5 Use data to explain an economic pattern.