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Skills available for Washington fourth-grade social studies standards

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SSS Social Studies Skills

C Civics

  • C1.4 Understands key ideals and principles of the United States, including those in the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and other foundational documents.

    • C1.4.1 Apply civic virtues and democratic principles within the classroom setting.

    • C1.4.2 Identify core virtues and democratic principles found in the Washington state constitution and foundational documents.

    • C1.4.3 Use deliberative processes when making decisions or reaching judgement as a group.

    • C1.4.4 Describe and apply the key ideals of unity and diversity within the context of the State of Washington.

    • C1.4.5 Describe the key ideals of rights set forth in Article I of the Washington state constitution.

  • C2.4 Understands the purposes, organization, and function of governments, laws, and political systems.

  • C3.4 Understands the purposes and organization of tribal and international relationships and U.S. foreign policy.

    • C3.4.1 Recognize that tribes have lived in North America since time immemorial.

    • C3.4.2 Know and understand that tribes have organizational structures (councils, chairman, etc.) that are formed to benefit the entire tribe.

    • C3.4.3 Explain how tribes of Washington state and the government of the United States are on the same level (nation-to-nation).

    • C3.4.4 Demonstrate that tribal sovereignty is "a way that tribes govern themselves in order to keep and support their ways of life."

    • C3.4.5 Define the complexity of sovereignty for federally recognized tribes in Washington state. Identify ways in which the United States Constitution recognizes tribal sovereignty as unique from other types of sovereignty.

  • C4.4 Understands civic involvement.

    • C4.4.1 Recognize that civic participation involves being informed about public issues, taking action, and voting in elections.

    • C4.4.2 Analyze and evaluate ways of influencing state governments to establish or preserve individual rights and promote the common good.

    • C4.4.3 Explain that the purpose of treaty-making is to create mutually beneficial agreements of responsibilities and freedoms.

    • C4.4.4 Explain that tribes work within specific structures of governments to create, manage, and enforce their own laws that are best for their people.

E Economics

  • E1.4 Understands that people have to make choices between wants and needs and evaluate the outcomes of those choices.

    • E1.4.1 Analyze and explain the costs and benefits of people's decisions to move and relocate to meet their needs and wants.

    • E1.4.2 Compare the costs and benefits of individual choices.

    • E1.4.3 Compare positive and negative incentives that influence the decisions people make.

  • E2.4 Understands the components of an economic system.

    • E2.4.1 Compare different historic economic systems in Washington state tribes.

    • E2.4.2 Identify the basic elements of Washington state's economic system, including agriculture, businesses, industry, natural resources, and labor.

    • E2.4.3 Identify examples of the variety of resources (human capital, physical capital, and natural resources) that are used to produce goods and services in Washington state.

    • E2.4.4 Explain why individuals and businesses specialize and trade in Washington state.

    • E2.4.5 Explain the relationship between investment in human capital, productivity, and future incomes.

  • E3.4 Understands the government's role in the economy.

    • E3.4.1 Describe how people and businesses support Washington state government through taxation.

    • E3.4.2 Explain the meaning of inflation, deflation, and unemployment.

    • E3.4.3 Describe ways government can improve productivity by using capital goods and human capital.

  • E4.4 Understands the economic issues and problems that all societies face.

    • E4.4.1 Explain how geography, natural resources, climate, and available labor contributed to the exploitation of resources in the Pacific Northwest.

    • E4.4.2 Explain the economic issues that different communities within the Pacific Northwest faced.

    • E4.4.3 Explain how trade led to increasing economic interdependence among groups within the Pacific Northwest.

G Geography

H History

  • H1.4 Understands historical chronology.

    • H1.4.1 Create timelines to show how historical events are organized into time periods and eras.

    • H1.4.2 Examine how the following themes and developments help to define eras in Washington state history since time immemorial to 1889:
      • Growth of northwest coastal, Puget Sound, and plateau tribes prior to treaties (time immemorial to present)
      • Maritime and overland exploration, encounter, and trade (1774–1849)
      • Immigration and settlement (1811–1889)
      • Territory and treaty-making (1854–1889)

    • H1.4.3 Explore and construct an explanation of how the growth of major tribes helps to define the history of the Pacific Northwest prior to 1889.

  • H2.4 Understands and analyzes causal factors that have shaped major events in history.

    • H2.4.1 Analyze and explain how individuals have caused change in Washington state history.

    • H2.4.2 Analyze and explain how people from various cultural and ethnic groups have shaped Washington state history.

    • H2.4.3 Analyze and explain how technology and ideas have affected the way people live and change their values, beliefs, and attitudes in Washington.

  • H3.4 Understands that there are multiple perspectives and interpretations of historical events.

    • H3.4.1 Explain why individuals and groups in Washington state history differed in their perspectives.

    • H3.4.2 Explain connections between historical context and people's perspective of Washington state history.

    • H3.4.3 Explain how the events of Washington state history contributed to the different perspectives between native and non-native people.

    • H3.4.4 Describe how people's perspectives shaped the historical sources they created.

  • H4.4 Understands how historical events inform analysis of contemporary issues and events.

    • H4.4.1 Recognize and explain significant historical events in Washington state that have implications for current decisions.

    • H4.4.2 Use evidence to develop a claim about Washington state, and tribal nations and groups.

    • H4.4.3 Compare information provided by different historical sources.

    • H4.4.4 Generate questions about multiple historical sources and their relationships to particular historical events and developments.