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Skills available for Kentucky fifth-grade social studies standards

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Government and Civics

  • Enduring Knowledge – Understandings

  • Skills and Concepts

    • SS-5-GC-S-1 demonstrate an understanding of government, using information from print and non-print sources (e.g., documents, informational passages/texts, interviews, digital and environmental):

      • a investigate the basic functions of the United States Government, as defined in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, (e.g., establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, secure the blessings of liberty) and explain their significance today

      • b explain how democratic governments work to promote the "common good" (e.g., making, enacting, enforcing laws that protect rights and property of all citizens)

    • SS-5-GC-S-2 describe the basic duties of the three branches of government (executive, legislative, judicial); explain why the framers of the U.S. Constitution felt it was important to establish a government with limited powers that are shared among different branches and different levels (e.g., local, state, federal)

    • SS-5-GC-S-3 analyze information from print and non-print sources (e.g., documents, informational passages/texts, interviews, digital and environmental) to describe fundamental values and principles of American representative democracy (e.g., liberty, justice) found in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution; explain their significance today

    • SS-5-GC-S-4 investigate the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens:

      • a describe and give examples of specific rights guaranteed to all U.S. citizens in the Bill of Rights (e.g., freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of press) and explain why they are important today

      • b describe some of the responsibilities U.S. citizens have in order for democratic governments to function effectively (e.g. voting, community service, paying taxes) and find examples of civic participation in current events/news (e.g., television, radio, articles, Internet)

Cultures and Societies

Economics

Geography

  • Enduring Knowledge – Understandings

  • Skills and Concepts

    • SS-5-G-S-1 demonstrate an understanding of patterns on the Earth's surface, using a variety of geographic tools (e.g., maps, globes, charts, graphs):

      • a locate, in absolute or relative terms, major landforms and bodies of water in the United States

      • b locate and explain patterns on Earth's surface (e.g., how different factors such as rivers, mountains and plains impact where human activities are located)

    • SS-5-G-S-2 investigate regions on the Earth's surface and analyze information from print and non-print sources (e.g., documents, informational passages/texts, interviews, digital and environmental):

    • SS-5-G-S-3 investigate how humans modify the physical environment:

      • a describe how people modified the physical environment (e.g., dams, roads, bridges) to meet their needs during the early settlement of the United States

      • b analyze how the physical environment (e.g., mountains as barriers or protection, rivers as barriers or transportation) promoted and restricted human activities during the early settlement of the United States

      • c explain how different perspectives of individuals and groups impact decisions about the use of land (e.g., farming, industrial, residential, recreational) in the United States

Historical Perspective