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Understand that leaders are sometimes chosen by election, and that elected officials are expected to represent the interests of the people who elected them.

Understand that positions of authority, whether elected, appointed, or familial, carry responsibilities and should be respected. 



Understand that individuals and families with limited resources undertake a wide variety of activities to satisfy their wants.

Apply the concept that economic choices require the balancing of costs incurred with benefits received.



Understand the nature and uses of maps, globes, and other geo-graphics.





Use clocks, calendars, schedules, and written records to record or locate events in time.



Understand that respect for others, their opinions, and their property is a foundation of civil society in the United States. 



Understand how barter, money, and other media are employed to facilitate the exchange of resources, goods, and services.



Distinguish different types of climate and landforms and explain why they occur.



Use artifacts and documents to gather information about the past.




Understand that American citizens have distinct responsibilities (such as voting), rights (such as free speech and freedom of religion), and privileges (such as driving).



[Economic Systems]

Identify human wants and the various resources and strategies which have been used to satisfy them over time.



Identify types of human settlement, connections between settlements, and the types of activities found in each.



Understand that historical accounts are constructed by drawing logical inferences from artifacts and documents.




Acquire the skills necessary for participating in a group, including defining an objective, dividing responsibilities, and working cooperatively.


[International Trade]

Understand that the exchange of goods and services around the world creates economic interdependence among people in different places.



Use the concepts of place and region to explain simple patterns of connections between and among places across the country and the world.



Develop an understanding of the similarities between families now and in the past, including:

    -daily life today and in other times
    -cultural origins of customs and beliefs around the world

Develop and awareness of major events and people in United States and Delaware history.

    -who lives here and how did they get here (immigrants, demographics, ethnic & religious groups)?
    -important people in our past
    -different kinds of communities in Delaware and the United States.
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