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GENESEE ACADEMY SOCIAL SCIENCE

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Bar Graph – a means of displaying data using the length of “bars” to represent the values of the data being displayed.

Biography – a narrative account of a person’s life.

Chronological order – arranged in order of time occurrence.

Circle Graph – used to display data that adds up to 100%.

Compass rose – orientation graphic that indicates the direction north on a map or globe.

Describe – to tell the who, what, when or where about something

Evaluate – make judgments about the value of ideas or materials.

Explain- to give reasons for why something happens.

Graphic Data – information organized in a pictorial way like a chart, graph or map.

Identify – to recognize and name an object, person, or idea.

Interpretation – an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious.

Legend – an explanatory description to the features on a map or chart.

Line graph – a means of displaying data by connecting lines between dots representing the values of a continuous variable.

Map – the representation of all or part of the surface location on a flat piece of paper.

Model – a set of assumptions and hypotheses that is a simplified description of reality.

Narratives – in social studies narratives are stories or tales about events that identify the people involved, describe the setting, and sequences the important events.

Pie chart – used to display data that adds up to 100%.

Primary Source Documents – original documents that help us learn about past people or events (e.g., letters, diaries, maps, drawings, laws, statutes,).

Primary Sources – any document or artifacts that is direct evidence of historical events including clothing, furniture, homes, recordings, documents and photographs.

Process – a series of gradual changes bringing about a result.

Processes – the series of changes by which something develops (major world processes are population growth, economic development, urbanization, resource use, international trade, global communication, and environmental impact).

Scale – on maps the relationship or ratio between a linear measurement on a map and the corresponding distance on Earth’s surface. For example, the scale 1:1,000,000 means one unit (mile or kilometer) on the map and represents 1,000,000 similar units on Earth’s surface. Also refers to the size of places or regions being studied.

Secondary Sources – summaries and interpretations of original artifacts.

Sketch Map – the representation of all or part of the surface location on a flat piece of paper drawn from memory.

Taking a stand – supporting one side of an issue of public policy.

Timeline – a graphic means of displaying historical events in chronological order.

 
 
 
 
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