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Kentucky Standards for Fourth Grade Social Studies

KY.AE. Academic Expectation

AE.1. Students are able to use basic communication and mathematics skills for purposes and situations they will encounter throughout their lives.

1.11. Students write using appropriate forms, conventions, and styles to communicate ideas and information to different audiences for different purposes.
1.2. Students make sense of the variety of materials they read.
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AE.2. Students shall develop their abilities to apply core concepts and principles from mathematics, the sciences, the arts, the humanities, social studies, practical living studies, and vocational studies to what they will encounter throughout their lives.

2.14. Social Studies: Students understand the democratic principles of justice, equality, responsibility, and freedom and apply them to real-life situations.
2.15. Social Studies: Students can accurately describe various forms of government and analyze issues that relate to the rights and responsibilities of citizens in a democracy.
2.18. Social Studies: Students understand economic principles and are able to make economic decisions that have consequences in daily living.
2.19. Social Studies: Students recognize and understand the relationship between people and geography and apply their knowledge in real-life situations.
2.2. Social Studies: Students understand, analyze, and interpret historical events, conditions, trends, and issues to develop historical perspective.
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KY.CC. Core Content for Assessment v.4.1.

SS-04-1. Government and Civics: The study of government and civics equips students to understand the nature of government and the unique characteristics of representative democracy in the United States, including its fundamental principles, structure and the role of citizens. Understanding the historical development of structures of power, authority and governance and their evolving functions in contemporary U.S. society and other parts of the world is essential for developing civic competence. An understanding of civic ideals and practices of citizenship is critical to full participation in society and is a central purpose of the social studies.

SS-04-1.1. Formation of Governments
SS-04-1.1.1. Students will describe the basic purposes of Kentucky government (to establish order, provide security and accomplish common goals); give examples of the services that state governments provide (e.g., state police, state highways, state parks, public schools) and identify how the government of Kentucky pays for these services (e.g., sales taxes, state income taxes). DOK 2
SS-04-1.1.2. Students will explain how state governments function (by making, enacting and enforcing laws) to protect the rights and property of citizens. DOK 2
SS-04-1.2. Constitutional Principles
SS-04-1.2.1. Students will identify the three branches of Kentucky government, explain the basic duties of each branch (executive-enforce the laws, legislative-make the laws, judicial-interpret the laws) and identify important state offices/ leaders, (Governor, Lieutenant Governor, General Assembly, Senate, House, representatives, senators, Kentucky Supreme Court, judges) associated with each branch. DOK 2
SS-04-1.2.2. Students will explain how power is shared among the different branches (executive, legislative, judicial) of state government.
SS-04-1.3. Rights and Responsibilities
SS-04-1.3.1. Students will identify the basic principles of democracy (e.g., justice, equality, responsibility, freedom) found in Kentucky's Constitution and explain why they are important to citizens today. DOK 2
SS-04-1.3.2. Students will describe specific rights and responsibilities individuals have as citizens of Kentucky (e.g., voting in statewide elections, participating in state service projects, obeying state laws) and explain why civic engagement is necessary to preserve a democratic society. DOK 2

SS-04-2. Cultures and Societies: Culture is the way of life shared by a group of people, including their ideas and traditions. Cultures reflect the values and beliefs of groups in different ways (e.g., art, music, literature, religion); however, there are universals (e.g., food, clothing, shelter, communication) connecting all cultures. Culture influences viewpoints, rules and institutions in a global society. Students should understand that people form cultural groups throughout the United States and the World, and that issues and challenges unite and divide them.

SS-04-2.1. Elements of Culture
SS-04-2.1.1. Students will identify early cultures (Native American, Appalachian, pioneers) in Kentucky and explain their similarities and differences. DOK 2
SS-04-2.2. Social Institutions
SS-04-2.2.1. Students will describe social institutions (government, economy, education, religion, family) in Kentucky and how they respond to the needs of the people.
SS-04-2.3. Interactions Among Individuals and Groups
SS-04-2.3.1. Students will describe various forms of interactions (compromise, cooperation, conflict) that occurred during the early settlement of Kentucky between diverse groups (Native Americans, early settlers). DOK 2

SS-04-3. Economics: Economics includes the study of production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. Students need to understand how their economic decisions affect them, others, the nation and the world. The purpose of economic education is to enable individuals to function effectively both in their own personal lives and as citizens and participants in an increasingly connected world economy. Students need to understand the benefits and costs of economic interaction and interdependence among people, societies and governments.

SS-04-3.2. Economic Systems and Institutions
SS-04-3.2.1. Students will explain how profit motivates individuals/businesses to take risks in producing goods and services.
SS-04-3.3. Markets
SS-04-3.3.1. Students will give examples of markets; explain how they function and how the prices of goods and services are determined by supply and demand. DOK 2
SS-04-3.4. Production, Distribution, and Consumption
SS-04-3.4.3. Students will define interdependence and give examples of how people in our communities, states, nation and world depend on each other for goods and services.

SS-04-4. Geography: Geography includes the study of the five fundamental themes of location, place, regions, movement and human/environmental interaction. Students need geographic knowledge to analyze issues and problems to better understand how humans have interacted with their environment over time, how geography has impacted settlement and population, and how geographic factors influence climate, culture, the economy and world events. A geographic perspective also enables students to better understand the past and present and to prepare for the future.

SS-04-4.1. The Use of Geographic Tools
SS-04-4.1.1. Students will use geographic tools (e.g., maps, charts, graphs) to identify and describe natural resources and other physical characteristics (e.g., major landforms, major bodies of water, weather, climate, roads, bridges) in regions of Kentucky and the United States. DOK 2
SS-04-4.1.2. Students will use geographic tools to locate major landforms, bodies of water, places and objects in Kentucky by their absolute and relative locations.
SS-04-4.1.3. Students will describe how different factors (e.g. rivers, mountains) influence where human activities were/are located in Kentucky.
SS-04-4.2. Regions
SS-04-4.2.1. Students will compare regions in Kentucky and the United States by their human characteristics (e.g., language, settlement patterns, beliefs) and physical characteristics (e.g., climate, landforms, bodies of water). DOK 2
SS-04-4.3. Patterns
SS-04-4.3.1. Students will describe patterns of human settlement in regions of Kentucky and explain how these patterns were/are influenced by physical characteristics (e.g., climate, landforms, bodies of water). DOK 2
SS-04-4.3.2. Students will describe how advances in technology (e.g., dams, reservoirs, roads, irrigation) allow people to settle in places previously inaccessible in Kentucky. DOK 2
SS-04-4.4. Human-Environment Interaction
SS-04-4.4.1. Students will explain and give examples of how people adapted to/modified the physical environment (e.g., natural resources, physical geography, natural disasters) to meet their needs during the history of Kentucky and explain its impact on the environment today. DOK 3

KY.PS. Program of Studies 2006

SS-4-CS. Big Idea: Cultures and Societies - Culture is the way of life shared by a group of people, including their ideas and traditions. Cultures reflect the values and beliefs of groups in different ways (e.g., art, music, literature, religion); however, there are universals connecting all cultures. Culture influences viewpoints, rules and institutions in a global society. Students should understand that people form cultural groups throughout the United States and the World and that issues and challenges unite and divide them. (Academic Expectations 2.16, 2.17)

SS-4-CS-S-1. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will develop an understanding of the nature of culture:
SS-4-CS-S-1.a) Explore and compare cultural elements (e.g., beliefs, traditions, languages, skills, literature, the arts) of diverse groups (e.g., Native Americans and early settlers) in the early settlement of Kentucky
SS-4-CS-S-2. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will investigate social institutions (e.g., family, government, economy, education, religion) in Kentucky and explain their functions
SS-4-CS-S-3. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will describe conflicts that occurred between diverse groups (e.g., Native Americans and the early settlers) in the settlement of Kentucky
SS-4-CS-U-1. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that culture is a system of beliefs, knowledge, institutions, customs/traditions, languages and skills shared by a group of people. Through a society's culture, individuals learn the relationships, structures, patterns and processes to be members of the society.
SS-4-CS-U-2. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that cultures develop social institutions (e.g., government, economy, education, religion, family) to structure society, influence behavior and respond to human needs.
SS-4-CS-U-5. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that an appreciation of the diverse complexity of cultures is essential to interact effectively and work cooperatively with the many diverse ethnic and cultural groups of today.

SS-4-E. Big Idea: Economics - Economics includes the study of production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. Students need to understand how their economic decisions affect them, others and the nation as a whole. The purpose of economic education is to enable individuals to function effectively both in their own personal lives and as citizens and participants in an increasingly connected world economy. Students need to understand the benefits and costs of economic interaction and interdependence among people, societies, and governments. (Academic Expectations 2.18)

SS-4-E-S-1. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will develop an understanding of the nature of limited resources and scarcity:
SS-4-E-S-1.a) Use a variety of sources to research and give examples of productive resources (e.g., natural, human, capital) found in regions of Kentucky
SS-4-E-S-1.b) Explain why individuals, groups, and businesses must make economic decisions due to the scarcity of resources
SS-4-E-S-1.d) Investigate and give examples of markets (past and present); and explain how goods and services were/are exchanged
SS-4-E-U-4. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that markets enable buyers and sellers to exchange goods and services.
SS-4-E-U-6. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that individuals, groups and businesses demonstrate interdependence as they make economic decisions about the use of resources (e.g., natural, human, capital) in the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.

SS-4-G. Big Idea: Geography - Geography includes the study of the five fundamental themes of location, place, regions, movement and human/environmental interaction. Students need geographic knowledge to analyze issues and problems to better understand how humans have interacted with their environment over time, how geography has impacted settlement and population, and how geographic factors influence climate, culture, the economy and world events. A geographic perspective also enables students to better understand the past and present and to prepare for the future. (Academic Expectations 2.19)

SS-4-G-S-1. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will demonstrate an understanding of patterns on the Earth's surface, using a variety of geographic tools (e.g., maps, globes, charts, graphs):
SS-4-G-S-1.a) Locate and describe major landforms, bodies of water and natural resources located in regions of Kentucky and the United States
SS-4-G-S-1.b) Locate, in absolute and relative terms, major landforms and bodies of water in regions of Kentucky and the United States
SS-4-G-S-1.c) Analyze and compare patterns of movement and settlement in Kentucky
SS-4-G-S-2. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will use information from print and non-print sources (e.g., documents, informational passages/texts, interviews, digital and environmental) to investigate regions of Kentucky:
SS-4-G-S-2.a) Compare regions in Kentucky by their human characteristics (e.g., settlement patterns, languages, and religious beliefs) and physical characteristics (e.g., climate, landforms, bodies of water)
SS-4-G-S-2.b) Describe patterns of human settlement in regions of Kentucky and explain relationships between these patterns and the physical characteristics (e.g., climate, landforms, bodies of water) of the region
SS-4-G-S-2.c) Explain the influence of the physical characteristics of regions (e.g., climates, landforms, bodies of water) on decisions that were made about where to locate things (e.g., factories stores, bridges)
SS-4-G-S-3. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will investigate interactions among human activities and the physical environment in regions of Kentucky:
SS-4-G-S-3.b) Describe how the physical environment (e.g., mountains as barriers or protection, rivers as barriers or transportation) promoted and/or restricted human activities (e.g., exploration, migration, trade, settlement, development) and land use in Kentucky
SS-4-G-U-1. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that the use of geographic tools (e.g., maps, globes, charts, graphs) and mental maps help interpret information, understand and analyze patterns, spatial data and geographic issues.
SS-4-G-U-2. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that patterns emerge as humans move, settle and interact on Earth's surface and can be identified by examining the location of physical and human characteristics, how they are arranged and why they are in particular locations. Economic, political, cultural and social processes interact to shape patterns of human populations, interdependence, cooperation and conflict.
SS-4-G-U-3. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that regions help us to see Earth as an integrated system of places and features organized by such principles as landform types, political units, economic patterns and cultural groups.

SS-4-GC. Big Idea: Government and Civics - The study of government and civics allows students to understand the nature of government and the unique characteristics of American democracy, including its fundamental principles, structure, and the role of citizens. Understanding the historical development of structures of power, authority and governance and their evolving functions in contemporary U.S. society and other parts of the world is essential for developing civic competence. An understanding of civic ideals and practices of citizenship is critical to full participation in society and is a central purpose of the social studies. (Academic Expectations 2.14, 2.15)

SS-4-GC-S-1. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of government:
SS-4-GC-S-1.a) Explore basic functions of state government (e.g., to establish order, to provide security and to accomplish common goals)
SS-4-GC-S-1.d) Describe the structure of state government (e.g., the executive, legislative and judicial branches) and explain why power is shared among different branches
SS-4-GC-S-1.e) Investigate and give examples of state laws and explain their purpose
SS-4-GC-S-2. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will explore rights and responsibilities:
SS-4-GC-S-2.a) Describe, give examples, and compare rights and responsibilities
SS-4-GC-S-2.b) Describe the benefits of citizenship and find examples of citizenship in current events/news media
SS-4-GC-S-3. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will use information from print and non-print sources (e.g., documents, informational passages/texts, interviews, digital and environmental) to explain basic democratic principles (life, liberty, pursuit of happiness) found in Kentucky's Constitution
SS-4-GC-U-1. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that the government of Kentucky was formed to establish order, provide security and accomplish common goals.
SS-4-GC-U-2. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that the Constitution of Kentucky establishes a government of limited powers that are shared among different levels and branches.
SS-4-GC-U-3. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that all citizens of Kentucky have rights and responsibilities as members of a democratic society, including civic participation.
SS-4-GC-U-4. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that fundamental values and principles of American democracy are expressed in Kentucky's Constitution.

SS-4-HP. Big Idea: Historical Perspective - History is an account of events, people, ideas, and their interaction over time that can be interpreted through multiple perspectives. In order for students to understand the present and plan for the future, they must understand the past. Studying history engages students in the lives, aspirations, struggles, accomplishments, and failures of real people. Students need to think in an historical context in order to understand significant ideas, beliefs, themes, patterns and events, and how individuals and societies have changed over time in Kentucky, the United States, and the World. (Academic Expectations 2.20)

SS-4-HP-U-1. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that history is an account of human activities that is interpretive in nature and a variety of tools (e.g., primary and secondary sources) are needed to analyze and understand historical events.