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Skills available for Washington fourth-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 rights set forth in Article I of the Washington State Constitution.

    • 1.1.2 Application of Ideals & Principles

      • Evaluates the effectiveness of a law or policy by explaining how it promotes ideals.

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

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

    • 2.2.2 Trade

      • Understands that the economy in Washington State relies on trade with Pacific Rim countries.

  • 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

      • Understands how geography, natural resources, climate, and available labor contribute to the sustainability of the economy of regions in Washington State.

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

    • 3.2.2 Culture

    • 3.2.3 Human Migration

      • Understands that the geographic features of the Pacific Northwest have influenced the movement of people.

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

    • 3.3.1 Geographic Context of Global Issues

      • Explains that learning about the geography of Washington State helps us understand global trade.

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.