Grade 4 Social Studies Skills and Processes Report Card Comments

Knowledge Outcomes
-demonstrates understanding of the knowledge objectives
Dimensions of Thinking
Critical Thinking and Creative Thinking
-evaluate significant local and current affairs, distinguishing between fact and opinion
-evaluate, critically, ideas, information and positions from multiple perspectives
-re-evaluate opinions to broaden understanding of a topic or an issue
- generate original ideas and strategies in individual and group activities
- seek responses to inquiries from various authorities through electronic media
- evaluate significant local and current affairs, distinguishing between fact and opinion

Historical Thinking
- use photographs and interviews to make meaning of historical information
- use historical and community resources to understand and organize the sequence of local historical events
- explain the historical context of key events of a given time period

Geographic Thinking
- use the scale on maps of Alberta to determine the distance between places
- construct graphs, tables, charts and maps to interpret information
- use historical maps to make meaning of historical events and issues
- use cardinal and intermediate directions to locate places on maps and globes
- identify the location of sources of nonrenewable resources (e.g., fossil fuels, minerals)

Decision making and Problem Solving
- contribute and apply new ideas and strategies, supported with facts and reasons, to decision making and problem solving
-identify situations where a decision needs to be made and a problem requires attention
  • select and use technology to assist in problem solving
  • use data gathered from a variety of electronic sources to address identified problems
  • solve problems requiring the sorting, organizing, classifying and extending of data, using such tools as calculators, spreadsheets, databases or hypertext technology
  • use graphic organizers, such as mind mapping/webbing, flow charting and outlining, to present connections among ideas and information in a problem-solving environment

Social Participation as a Democratic Practice
Cooperation, Conflict Resolution and Consensus Building
- demonstrate an awareness of the skills required for compromise and consensus building
- demonstrate the ability to deal constructively with diversity and disagreement
- consider the needs and points of view of others
- work collaboratively with others to complete a group task
>- share information collected from electronic sources to add to a group task

Age Appropriate Behaviour for Social Involvement
- initiate projects that meet the particular needs or expectations of their school or community

Research for Deliberative Inquiry
Research and Information
- develop the skills of skimming and scanning to gather relevant information
- organize and synthesize information gathered from a variety of sources
- use graphic organizers, such as webbing or Venn diagrams, to make meaning of information
- draw and support conclusions, based on information gathered, to answer a research question
- formulate new questions as research progresses
- cite references as part of research
>- access and retrieve appropriate information from the Internet by using a specific search path or from given uniform resource locators (URLs)
>- navigate within a document
>- organize information gathered from the Internet, or an electronic source, by selecting and recording the data in logical files or categories
>- organize information, using such tools as a database, spreadsheet or electronic webbing

Oral, Written and Visual Literacy
- organize and present information, taking particular audiences and purposes into consideration
- respond appropriately to comments and questions, using language respectful of human diversity
- listen to others to understand their points of view
>- create visual images for particular audiences and purposes
>-use selected presentation tools to demonstrate connections among various pieces of information
>- communicate effectively through appropriate forms, such as speeches, reports and multimedia presentations, applying information technologies that serve particular audiences and purposes

Media Literacy
- compare information on the same issue or topic from print media, television, photographs and the Internet
- examine diverse perspectives regarding an issue presented in the media
>- identify and distinguish points of view expressed in electronic sources on a particular topic