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Skills available for Washington second-grade social studies standards

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1 The student understands and applies knowledge of government, law, politics, and the nation's fundamental documents to make decisions about local, national, and international issues and to demonstrate thoughtful, participatory citizenship.

  • 1.1 Understands key ideals and principles of the United States, including those in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and other fundamental documents.

    • 1.1.1 Ideals & Principles

      • Understands the key ideal of public or common good within the context of the community.

    • 1.1.2 Application of Ideals & Principles

      • Applies the key ideal of the public or common good to uphold rights and responsibilities within the context of the community.

  • 1.2 Understands the purposes, organization, and function of governments, laws, and political systems.

  • 1.4 Understands civic involvement.

    • 1.4.1 Civic Involvement

      • Understands that citizenship and civic involvement in the neighborhood and community are the rights and responsibilities of individuals.

2 The student applies understanding of economic concepts and systems to analyze decision-making and the interactions between individuals, households, businesses, governments, and societies.

  • 2.1 Understands that people have to make choices between wants and needs and evaluate the outcomes of those choices.

  • 2.2 Understands how economic systems function.

  • 2.3 Understands the government's role in the economy.

    • 2.3.1 Government and the Economy

  • 2.4 Understands the economic issues and problems that all societies face.

    • 2.4.1 Economic Issues

3 The student uses a spatial perspective to make reasoned decisions by applying the concepts of location, region, and movement and demonstrating knowledge of how geographic features and human cultures impact environments.

  • 3.1 Understands the physical characteristics, cultural characteristics, and location of places, regions, and spatial patterns on the Earth's surface.

  • 3.2 Understands human interaction with the environment.

    • 3.2.1 Human-Environmental Interaction

      • Understands that people in communities affect the environment as they meet their needs and wants.

    • 3.2.2 Culture

    • 3.2.3 Human Migration

  • 3.3 Understands the geographic context of global issues and events.

    • 3.3.1 Geographic Context of Global Issues

4 The student understands and applies knowledge of historical thinking, chronology, eras, turning points, major ideas, individuals, and themes in local, Washington State, tribal, United States, and world history in order to evaluate how history shapes the present and future.

  • 4.1 Understands historical chronology.

    • 4.1.1 Chronology

      • Understands and creates timelines for events in a community to show how the present is connected to the past.

    • 4.1.2 Chronological Eras

  • 4.2 Understands and analyzes causal factors that have shaped major events in history.

    • 4.2.1 Individuals and Movements

      • Understands individuals who have shaped history in the local community.

    • 4.2.2 Cultures and Cultural Groups

    • 4.2.3 Ideas and Technology

  • 4.3 Understands that there are multiple perspectives and interpretations of historical events.

    • 4.3.1 Historical Interpretation

    • 4.3.2 Multiple Causation

  • 4.4 Uses history to understand the present and plan for the future.

    • 4.4.1 Historical Antecendents

5 The student understands and applies reasoning skills to conduct research, deliberate, form, and evaluate positions through the processes of reading, writing, and communicating.

  • 5.1 Uses critical reasoning skills to analyze and evaluate positions.

    • 5.1.1 Understands Reasoning

      • Understands multiple points of view on issues in the community.

    • 5.1.2 Evaluates Reasoning

  • 5.2 Uses inquiry-based research.

    • 5.2.1 Forms Questions

    • 5.2.2 Analyzes Sources

  • 5.3 Deliberates public issues.

    • 5.3.1 Deliberation

      • Engages in discussions to learn about different points of view on issues.

  • 5.4 Creates a product that uses social studies content to support a thesis and presents the product in an appropriate manner to a meaningful audience.

    • 5.4.1 Creates Position and Product

    • 5.4.2 Citing Sources