State Standards

Standard A: Geography

  • A.4.1 Use reference points, latitude and longitude, direction, size, shape, and scale to locate positions on various representations of the earth's surface
  • A.4.2 Locate on a map or globe physical features such as continents, oceans, mountain ranges, and land forms, natural features such as resources, flora, and fauna; and human features such as cities, states, and national border
  • A.4.3 Construct a map of the world from memory, showing the location of major land masses, bodies of water, and mountain ranges
  • A.4.5 Use atlases, databases, grid systems, charts, graphs, and maps to gather information about the local community, Wisconsin, the United States, and the world
  • A.8.1 Use a variety of geographic representations, such as political, physical, and topographic maps, a globe, aerial photographs, and satellite images, to gather and compare information about a place
  • A.8.3 Use an atlas to estimate distance, calculate scale, identify dominant patterns of climate and land use, and compute population density
  • A.8.7 Describe the movement of people, ideas, diseases, and products throughout the world
  • A.8.9 Describe how buildings and their decoration reflect cultural values and ideas, providing examples such as cave paintings, pyramids, sacred cities, castles, and cathedrals
  • A.8.10 Identify major discoveries in science and technology and describe their social and economic effects on the physical and human environment
  • A.8.11 Give examples of the causes and consequences of current global issues, such as the expansion of global markets, the urbanization of the developing world, the consumption of natural resources, and the extinction of species, and suggest possible responses by various individuals, groups, and nations
  • A.12.2 Analyze information generated from a computer about a place, including statistical sources, aerial and satellite images, and three-dimensional models

Standard B: History

  • B.4.1 Identify and examine various sources of information that are used for constructing an understanding of the past, such as artifacts, documents, letters, diaries, maps, textbooks, photos, paintings, architecture, oral presentations, graphs, and charts
  • B.4.2 Use a timeline to select, organize, and sequence information describing eras in history
  • B.4.5 Identify the historical background and meaning of important political values such as freedom, democracy, and justice
  • B.8.3 Describe the relationships between and among significant events, such as the causes and consequences of wars in United States and world history
  • B.8.7 Identify significant events and people in the major eras of United States and world history
  • B.8.8 Identify major scientific discoveries and technological innovations and describe their social and economic effects on society
  • B.8.10 Analyze examples of conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among groups, societies, or nations
  • B.8.12 Describe how history can be organized and analyzed using various criteria to group people and events chronologically, geographically, thematically, topically, and by issues

Standard C: Political Science and Citizenship

  • C.8.1 Identify and explain democracy's basic principles, including individual rights, responsibility for the common good, equal opportunity, equal protection of the laws, freedom of speech, justice, and majority rule with protection for minority rights
  • C.8.3 Explain how laws are developed, how the purposes of government are established, and how the powers of government are acquired, maintained, justified, and sometimes abused
  • C.8.5 Explain how the federal system and the separation of powers in the Constitution work to sustain both majority rule and minority rights

Standard D: Economics

  • D.8.2 Identify and explain basic economic concepts: supply, demand, production, exchange, and consumption; labor, wages, and capital; inflation and deflation; market economy and command economy; public and private goods and services
  • D.8.7 Identify the location of concentrations of selected natural resources and describe how their acquisition and distribution generates trade and shapes economic patterns

Standard E: Behavioral Sciences

  • E.4.4 Describe the ways in which ethnic cultures influence the daily lives of people
  • E.4.6 Give examples of group and institutional influences such as laws, rules, and peer pressure on people, events, and culture
  • E.4.7 Explain the reasons why individuals respond in different ways to a particular event and the ways in which interactions among individuals influence behavior
  • E.4.8 Describe and distinguish among the values and beliefs of different groups and institutions
  • E.4.9 Explain how people learn about others who are different from themselves
  • E.4.11 Give examples and explain how language, stories, folk tales, music, and other artistic creations are expressions of culture and how they convey knowledge of other peoples and cultures
  • E.4.12 Give examples of important contributions made by Wisconsin citizens, United States citizens, and world citizens
  • E.4.13 Investigate and explain similarities and differences in ways that cultures meet human needs
  • E.4.15 Describe instances of cooperation and interdependence among individuals, groups, and nations, such as helping others in famines and disasters
  • E.8.7 Identify and explain examples of bias, prejudice, and stereotyping, and how they contribute to conflict in a society
  • E.8.11 Explain how beliefs and practices, such as ownership of property or status at birth, may lead to conflict among people of different regions or cultures and give examples of such conflicts that have and have not been resolved

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