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Skills available for Washington third-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 ideals of unity and diversity.

    • 1.1.2 Application of Ideals & Principles

      • Understands and applies the key ideals of unity and diversity within the context of the community.

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

    • 1.2.1 Structure of Government

    • 1.2.2 Function of Government

  • 1.4 Understands civic involvement.

    • 1.4.1 Civic Involvement

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.

    • 2.2.1 Economic Systems

      • Understands how the economic systems of groups are influenced by laws, values, and customs.

    • 2.2.2 Trade

  • 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.

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.

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

    • 5.1.2 Evaluates Reasoning

      • Evaluates if information is clear, specific, and detailed.

  • 5.2 Uses inquiry-based research.

    • 5.2.1 Forms Questions

    • 5.2.2 Analyzes Sources

      • Uses a graphic organizer to organize main ideas and supporting details from visuals and literary, narrative, informational, and expository texts.

  • 5.3 Deliberates public issues.

    • 5.3.1 Deliberation

      • Engages in discussions that attempt to answer questions about cultural similarities and differences.

  • 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

      • Draws conclusions using at least two clear, specific, and accurate examples in a paper or presentation.

    • 5.4.2 Citing Sources

      • Prepares a list of resources, including the title and author for each source.