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Washington's Fourth Grade Standards

  • WA.1. Ealr / Domain: CIVICS

    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. Component / Goal:

      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. Benchmark / Gle: IDEALS & PRINCIPLES

        Understands the key ideal of rights set forth in Article I of the Washington State Constitution.

      • 1.1.2. Benchmark / Gle: APPLICATION OF IDEALS & PRINCIPLES

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

    • 1.2. Component / Goal:

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

      • 1.2.1. Benchmark / Gle: STRUCTURE OF GOVERNMENT

        Understands that governments are organized into local, state, tribal, and national levels.

      • 1.2.2. Benchmark / Gle: FUNCTION OF GOVERNMENT

        Understands how and why state and tribal governments make, interpret, and carry out policies, rules, and laws.

    • 1.4. Component / Goal:

      Understands civic involvement.

      • 1.4.1. Benchmark / Gle: CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

        Understands that civic participation involves being informed about public issues and voting in elections.

  • WA.2. Ealr / Domain: ECONOMICS

    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. Component / Goal:

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

      • 2.1.1. Benchmark / Gle: ECONOMIC CHOICES

        Understands and analyzes the costs and benefits of people's decisions to move and relocate to meet their needs and wants.

    • 2.2. Component / Goal:

      Understands how economic systems function.

      • 2.2.1. Benchmark / Gle: ECONOMIC SYSTEMS

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

      • 2.2.2. Benchmark / Gle: TRADE

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

    • 2.4. Component / Goal:

      Understands the economic issues and problems that all societies face.

      • 2.4.1. Benchmark / Gle: ECONOMIC ISSUES

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

  • WA.3. Ealr / Domain: GEOGRAPHY

    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. Component / Goal:

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

      • 3.1.1. Benchmark / Gle: MAPS AND GEOGRAPHIC TOOLS

        Constructs and uses maps to explain the movement of people.

      • 3.1.2. Benchmark / Gle: CHARACTERISTICS AND SPATIAL ORGANIZATION OF PLACES AND REGIONS

        Understands the physical, political, and cultural characteristics of places, regions, and people in the Pacific Northwest, including the difference between cities, states, and countries.

    • 3.2. Component / Goal:

      Understands human interaction with the environment.

      • 3.2.3. Benchmark / Gle: HUMAN MIGRATION

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

    • 3.3. Component / Goal:

      Understands the geographic context of global issues and events.

      • 3.3.1. Benchmark / Gle: GEOGRAPHIC CONTEXT OF GLOBAL ISSUES

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

  • WA.4. Ealr / Domain: HISTORY

    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. Component / Goal:

      Understands historical chronology.

      • 4.1.1. Benchmark / Gle: CHRONOLOGY

        Understands and creates timelines to show how historical events are organized into time periods and eras.

      • 4.1.2. Benchmark / Gle: CHRONOLOGICAL ERAS

        Understands how the following themes and developments help to define eras in Washington State history from time immemorial to 1889:

        • 4.1.2.a. Grade Level Expectation:

          Growth of northwest coastal and plateau tribes prior to treaties (time immemorial to 1854).

        • 4.1.2.b. Grade Level Expectation:

          Maritime and overland exploration, encounter, and trade (1774 - 1849).

        • 4.1.2.c. Grade Level Expectation:

          Immigration and settlement (1811 - 1889).

        • 4.1.2.d. Grade Level Expectation:

          Territory and treaty-making (1854 - 1889).

    • 4.2. Component / Goal:

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

      • 4.2.1. Benchmark / Gle: INDIVIDUALS AND MOVEMENTS

        Understands and analyzes how individuals caused change in Washington State history.

    • 4.3. Component / Goal:

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

      • 4.3.1. Benchmark / Gle: HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION

        Understands that there are multiple perspectives regarding the interpretation of historical events and creates an historical account using multiple sources.

    • 4.4. Component / Goal:

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

      • 4.4.1. Benchmark / Gle: HISTORICAL ANTECENDENTS

        Understands that significant historical events in Washington State have implications for current decisions.

  • WA.5. Ealr / Domain: SOCIAL STUDIES SKILLS

    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. Component / Goal:

      Uses critical reasoning skills to analyze and evaluate positions.

      • 5.1.1. Benchmark / Gle: UNDERSTANDS REASONING

        Understands the concepts used in documents and sources.

      • 5.1.2. Benchmark / Gle: EVALUATES REASONING

        Evaluates the accuracy of primary and secondary sources.

    • 5.2. Component / Goal:

      Uses inquiry-based research.

      • 5.2.1. Benchmark / Gle: FORMS QUESTIONS

        Creates and uses a research question to conduct research on an issue or event.

      • 5.2.2. Benchmark / Gle: ANALYZES SOURCES

        Understands the main ideas from an artifact, primary source, or secondary source describing an issue or event.

    • 5.4. Component / Goal:

      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. Benchmark / Gle: CREATES POSITION AND PRODUCT

        Draws clear, well-reasoned conclusions and provides explanations that are supported by artifacts and/or primary sources in a paper or presentation.

      • 5.4.2. Benchmark / Gle: CITING SOURCES

        Prepares a list of resources, including the title, author, and type of source, date published, and publisher for each source.

 
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