Social studies skills

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The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of valid sources, including electronic technology. The student is expected to:
Research information, including historical and current events, and geographic data, about the community and world, using a variety of valid print, oral, visual, and Internet resources;
Sequence and categorize information;
Interpret oral, visual, and print material by identifying the main idea, distinguishing between fact and opinion, identifying cause and effect, and comparing and contrasting;
Use various parts of a source, including the table of contents, glossary, and index as well as keyword Internet searches, to locate information;
Interpret and create visuals, including graphs, charts, tables, timelines, illustrations, and maps;
Use appropriate mathematical skills to interpret social studies information such as maps and graphs.
The student communicates in written, oral, and visual forms. The student is expected to:
Express ideas orally based on knowledge and experiences;
Use technology to create written and visual material such as stories, poems, pictures, maps, and graphic organizers to express ideas;
Use standard grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and punctuation.
The student uses problem-solving and decision-making skills, working independently and with others, in a variety of settings. The student is expected to:
Use a problem-solving process to identify a problem, gather information, list and consider options, consider advantages and disadvantages, choose and implement a solution, and evaluate the effectiveness of the solution;
Use a decision-making process to identify a situation that requires a decision, gather information, identify options, predict consequences, and take action to implement a decision.

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