Systems and Interdependence
- Explain the importance of social, political and economic systems in the development of a successful community.
- Explain how people make choices (social, political and economic) to improve their lives.
- Describe how a person or group works to improve life in a community.
- Locate and compare the local community, state, and nation using maps and globes.
- Identify and compare physical characteristics of Earth using maps, globes, and pictures.
ESSENTIAL UNDERSTANDINGS & GUIDING QUESTIONS
Essential Understanding: Governments are created to meet the needs of its citizens.
- What needs do citizens have?
- How do governments meet needs?
- Where is our state government located?
- Where is our national government located?
- How do we celebrate the freedom we have in our nation?
Essential Understanding: People in communities exchange goods and ideas.
- How are goods and services exchanged?
- Besides goods and services what else do people in communities share with each other?
- What life skills do people need to exchange goods, services, and ideas?
- What jobs and careers are involved with exchanging goods and ideas in communities?
Essential Understanding: Communities change.
- How do communities change?
- Why do communities change?
- How was our community different in the past?
- How would you describe our community now?
- How has transportation/communication/shopping/etc. changed?
Changes over time – Our community then and now (Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, Northbrook, Wheeling)
- Geographical features
- Governmental structures
Jobs and careers in the present day
- Money in exchange for goods and services
- Producers and consumers
Consequences of human/environmental interaction
Compare and Contrast and Connect to
- Changes in communities past, present, future
- Challenges of settling communities
- Growth of communities