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Government and Citizenship

Students understand the development, functions, and forms of various political institutions and the role of the citizen in government and society.

 Narrative for the Government and Citizenship

Fourth grade students apply their growing academic skills and knowledge to an exploration of North Dakota and its relationships with regional, national, and world communities. Students are beginning to develop a more refined concept of time and can begin to deal with cause-and-effect relationships and decision-making processes, such as identifying problems and considering alternative solutions and their subsequent consequences. These skills and concepts must be related to students’ lives and should be presented in a wide variety of resources and hands-on-activities.   In the fourth grade, students identify key people, places and events that have shaped their state and region. They learn to explain how changes have affected people and communities.

In learning about North Dakota goverment and politics, tudents describe the components and characteristics of North Dakota'sconstitutional form of government; explain the levels and three branches of Indiana’s government; understand citizenship rights and responsibilities; investigate civic and political issues and problems; use inquiry and communication skills to report findings in charts, graphs, written and verbal forms; and demonstrate responsible citizenship by exercising civic virtues and participation skills.

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