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Skills available for West Virginia fifth-grade social studies standards

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  • SS.5.C.1 illustrate the rights, responsibilities, duties and privileges of a patriotic citizen within authentic situations (e.g., election, food drive, jury duty, etc.) and defend these actions as examples or non-examples of good citizenship.

  • SS.5.C.2 assume a role (e.g., judge, juror, prosecutor, etc.) in a mock proceeding (John Brown, Dred Scott, etc.) to acquire the understanding of the trial by jury process and justify its effectiveness in solving conflicts in society both past and present.

  • SS.5.C.3 research how government and non-government groups and institutions work to meet the individual needs for the common good, (e.g., Red Cross, Freedman's Bureau, Hull House, etc.)

  • SS.5.C.4 compare the functions of each level of the government (local, state, and national) and apply that knowledge to a function set aside for citizens of the United States (e.g., Town Hall Meeting, Project Citizen, debate, etc.)

  • SS.5.C.5 simulate the process of making a law at the state and national level.

  • SS.5.C.6 outline the process in which amendments are made, interpret their meaning, and apply it to their daily life, lives of others and lives of people throughout history.

  • SS.5.C.7 summarize the provisions of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution, including how the amendments protected the rights of African Americans and sought to enhance their political, social and economic opportunities.


  • SS.5.E.1 investigate the roles of consumers and producers in the United States and apply the information to a real life event (e.g., bake sale, sporting events, booth at a fair, snack machines, etc.) using the concepts of:

    • sales (e.g., advertising and competition)

    • expenses

    • profits

    • supply and demand

  • SS.5.E.2 explain the concept of supply and demand to specific historic and current economic situations in the United States (e.g., slavery, oil, gas, Industrial Revolution, etc.).

  • SS.5.E.3 critique the economic reasons for immigration and migration throughout the United States during specific times in history and relate the information to the present (e.g. Great Migration, Ellis Island, etc.).

  • SS.5.E.4 assess the resources (e.g., oil, land, gas, etc.) of the geographic regions (e.g., Midwest, Middle East, etc.) of the United States and the world and explain their impact on global economic activities.

  • SS.5.E.5 evaluate the role of agriculture and the impact of industrialization on the economic development of the United States.

  • SS.5.E.6 compare the industrial North and the agricultural South prior to the Civil War, the geographic characteristics and boundaries of each region and the basic way of life in each region.

  • SS.5.E.7 explain the economic problems that forced former slaves to continue to live in servitude even after slavery was officially abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment.

  • SS.5.E.8 compare the economic and social effects of Reconstruction on different populations, including the move from farms to factories and the change from the plantation system to sharecropping.

  • SS.5.E.9 explain the social and economic effects of Westward Expansion on Native Americans, including changes in federal policies, armed conflicts, opposing views concerning land ownership and Native American displacement.



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