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Kansas Standards for Fourth Grade Social Studies

KS.4. Kansas and Regions of the United States

4.CG. Civics/Government (CG)

Sample Compelling Questions
4.CG.5. What are the consequences of people being good citizens? (Standard 1)
4.CG.7. Why did the authors of the U.S. Constitution say “We the people?” (Standard 3)
4.CG.9. How does a citizen effect change in government? (Standard 5)

4.E. Economics (E)

Sample Compelling Questions
4.E.5. How does the availability of natural resources result in different economic choices across Kansas and regions of the United States? (Standard 1)
4.E.7. Why do Kansas and the United States have a market economy? (Standard 3)
Skills
4.E.1. Explain the production, distribution, and consumption of a product.
4.E.2. Determine opportunity cost decisions in different regions.
4.E.3. Define characteristics of a market economy (e.g., private property rights, voluntary exchange, and competitions among buyers and sellers).
4.E.4. Define goods, services, consumers, economy, cost/benefit.

4.G. Geography (G)

Sample Compelling Questions
4.G.5. Why do people choose to leave their homeland to move to Kansas/another region in the United States and what are the consequences? (Standard 1)
4.G.6. How do people decide who has the right to use renewable and non-renewable natural resources? (Standard 2)
4.G.7. Why is the population of Kansas and the United States so diverse? (Standard 3)
4.G.8. How has the population of Kansas and the United States changed over time? (Standard 4)
Skills
4.G.1. Read various types of maps for grid systems, symbols, legends, scales, compass rose, cardinal directions, longitude, latitude, and hemisphere.
4.G.2. Use data source as a tool (graphs, charts, tables).
4.G.3. Find absolute and relative location.
4.G.4. Demonstrate mental mapping skills.

4.H. History (H)

Sample Compelling Questions
4.H.13. What choices did travelers make as they prepared for trail travel and what were the consequences? (Standard 1)
4.H.14. What are the responsibilities of explorers? (Standard 2)
4.H.15. Why do countries make the decision to explore? (Standard 3)
4.H.17. What are the human consequences of using or living by transportation routes in the 1800s? (Standard 5)
Skills
4.H.1. Frame historical questions.
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4.H.10. Write informative/explanatory text to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. (KCCRS W.4.2)
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4.H.11. Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research. (KCCRS W.4.9)
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4.H.2. Recognize historical perspectives.
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4.H.3. Analyze multiple perspectives.
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4.H.4. Recognize source and context for primary sources.
4.H.5. Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. (KCCRS RI.4.1)
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4.H.6. Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text. (KCCRS RI.4.3)
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4.H.7. Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade four topic or subject area. (KCCRS RI.4.4)
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4.H.8. Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text. (KCCRS RI.4.5)
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4.H.9. Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided. (KCCRS RI.4.6)

KS.KHGSS. Kansas History, Government, and Social Studies Standards

KHGSS.1. Choices have consequences.

1.1. The student will recognize and evaluate significant choices made by individuals, communities, states, and nations that have impacted our lives and futures.
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1.2. The student will analyze the context under which choices are made and draw conclusions about the motivations and goals of the decision-makers.
1.3. The student will investigate examples of causes and consequences of particular choices and connect those choices with contemporary issues.
1.4. The student will use his/her understanding of choices and consequences to construct a decision-making process and to justify a decision.

KHGSS.2. Individuals have rights and responsibilities.

2.1. The student will recognize and evaluate the rights and responsibilities of people living in societies.
2.2. The student will analyze the context under which significant rights and responsibilities are defined and demonstrated, their various interpretations, and draw conclusions about those interpretations.
2.3. The student will investigate specific rights and responsibilities of individuals and connect those rights and responsibilities with contemporary issues.
2.4. The student will use his/her understanding of rights and responsibilities to address contemporary issues.

KHGSS.3. Societies are shaped by beliefs, ideas, and diversity.

3.1. The student will recognize and evaluate significant beliefs, contributions, and ideas of the many diverse peoples and groups and their impact on individuals, communities, states, and nations.
3.2. The student will draw conclusions about significant beliefs, contributions, and ideas, analyzing the origins and context under which these competing ideals were reached and the multiple perspectives from which they come.
3.3. The student will investigate specific beliefs, contributions, ideas, and/or diverse populations and connect those beliefs, contributions, ideas and/or diversity to contemporary issues.
3.4. The student will use his/her understanding of those beliefs, contributions, ideas, and diversity to justify or define how community, state, national, and international ideals shape contemporary society.

KHGSS.4. Societies experience continuity and change over time.

4.3. The student will investigate an example of continuity and/or change and connect that continuity and/or change to a contemporary issue.
4.4. The student will use his/her understanding of continuity and change to construct a model for contemporary reform.

KHGSS.5. Relationships among people, places, ideas, and environments are dynamic.

5.1. The student will recognize and evaluate dynamic relationships that impact lives in communities, states, and nations.
5.2. The student will analyze the context of significant relationships and draw conclusions about a contemporary world.
5.3. The student will investigate the relationship among people, places, ideas, and/or the environment and connect those relationships to contemporary issues.
5.4. The student will use his/her understanding of these dynamic relationships to create a personal, community, state, and/or national narrative.