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Skills available for Minnesota fifth-grade social studies standards

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1 Citizenship and Government

  • 1 Civic Skills

    • 1 Democratic government depends on informed and engaged citizens who exhibit civic skills and values, practice civic discourse, vote and participate in elections, apply inquiry and analysis skills, and take action to solve problems and shape public policy.

      • Simulate a historic event to show how civic engagement (voting, civil discourse about controversial issues and civic action) improves and sustains a democratic society, supports the general welfare, and protects the rights of individuals.

      • Identify a public problem in the school or community, analyze the issue from multiple perspectives, and create an action plan to address it.

  • 2 Civic Values and Principles of Democracy

  • 3 Rights and Responsibilities

    • 4 Individuals in a republic have rights, duties and responsibilities.

      • Explain specific protections that the Bill of Rights provides to individuals and the importance of these 10 amendments to the ratification of the United States Constitution.

  • 4 Governmental Institutions and Political Processes

    • 6 The United States government has specific functions that are determined by the way that power is delegated and controlled among various bodies: the three levels (federal, state, local) and the three branches (legislative, executive, judicial) of government.

      • Explain the primary functions of the three branches of government and how the leaders of each branch are selected as established in the United States Constitution.

      • Describe how governmental power is limited through the principles of federalism, the separation of powers, and checks and balances.

      • Identify taxes and fees collected and services provided by governments during colonial times; compare these to the taxes and fees collected and services provided by the government today.

    • 7 The primary purposes of rules and laws within the United States constitutional government are to protect individual rights, promote the general welfare and provide order.

      • Explain how law limits the powers of government and the governed, protects individual rights and promotes the general welfare.

2 Economics

  • 1 Economic Reasoning Skills

    • 1 People make informed economic choices by identifying their goals, interpreting and applying data, considering the short- and long-run costs and benefits of alternative choices and revising their goals based on their analysis.

      • Apply a decision-making process to identify an alternative choice that could have been made for a historical event; explain the probable impact of that choice.

  • 2 Personal Finance

    • 2 Personal and financial goals can be achieved by applying economic concepts and principles to personal financial planning, budgeting, spending, saving, investing, borrowing and insuring decisions.

      • Describe various uses of income and discuss advantages and disadvantages of each.

  • 4 Microeconomic Concepts

    • 6 Profit provides an incentive for individuals and businesses; different business organizations and market structures have an effect on the profit, price and production of goods and services.

      • Describe the concept of profit as the motivation for entrepreneurs; calculate profit as the difference between revenue (from selling goods and services) and cost (payments for resources used).

3 Geography

4 History