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Delaware Standards for Fifth Grade Social Studies

DE.C. CIVICS

C.1: Students will examine the structure and purposes of governments with specific emphasis on constitutional democracy .

C.1.4-5a: Students will understand that governments have a variety of structures and exist for many purposes and that in America these are explained in the United States and State constitutions. (Essential for Grade 4)
C.1.4-5b: Students will understand that the United States government is divided into executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each with specific responsibilities and powers. (Essential for Grade 4)

C.2: Students will understand the principles and ideals underlying the American political system .

C.2.4-5b: Students will understand that a society based on the ideal of individual liberty requires a commitment on the part of its citizens to the principles of civic responsibility and personal civility. (Essential for Grade 4)

C.3: Students will understand the responsibilities, rights, and privileges of United States citizens .

C.3.4-5a: Students will identify the fundamental rights of all American citizens as enumerated in the Bill of Rights. (Essential for Grade 5)
C.3.4-5b: Students will apply the protections guaranteed in the Bill of Rights to an analysis of everyday situations. (Essential for Grade 5)

C.4: Students will develop and employ the civic skills necessary for effective, participatory citizenship .

C.4.4-5a: Students will understand that in order to select effective leaders, citizens have to become informed about candidates' qualifications and the issues of the day. (Essential for Grade 5)
C.4.4-5b: Students will identify and employ the formal and informal methods by which democratic groups function. (Essential for Grade 4)

DE.E. ECONOMICS

E.1: Students will analyze the potential costs and benefits of personal economic choices in a market economy .

E.1.4-5b: Students will understand that consumers and producers make economic choices based on supply, demand, access to markets, and the actions of the government. (Essential for Grade 5)

E.3: Students will understand different types of economic systems and how they change .

E.3.4-5a: Students will identify different means of production, distribution, and exchange used within economic systems in different times and places. (Essential for Grade 4)

E.4: Students will examine the patterns and results of international trade .

E.4.4-5a: Students will demonstrate how international trade links countries around the world and can improve the economic welfare of nations. (Essential for Grade 5)

DE.G. GEOGRAPHY

G.1: Students will develop a personal geographic framework, or ''mental map,'' and understand the uses of maps and other geo-graphics .

G.1.4-5a: Students will demonstrate development of mental maps of Delaware and of the United States which include the relative location and characteristics of major physical features, political divisions, and human settlements. (Essential for Grade 4)

G.2: Students will develop a knowledge of the ways humans modify and respond to the natural environment .

G.2.4-5a: Students will apply a knowledge of topography, climate, soils, and vegetation of Delaware and the United States to understand how human society alters, and is affected by, the physical environment. (Essential for Grade 5)

G.3: Students will develop an understanding of the diversity of human culture and the unique nature of places .

G.3.4-5a: Students will understand the reasons for the locations of human activities and settlements and the routes connecting them in Delaware and in the United States. (Essential for Grade 5)

DE.H. HISTORY

H.1: Students will employ chronological concepts in analyzing historical phenomena .

H.1.4-5a: Students will study historical events and persons within a given time-frame in order to create a chronology and identify related cause-and-effect factors. (Essential for Grade 4)
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H.2: Students will gather, examine, and analyze historical data .

H.2.4-5a: Students will identify artifacts and documents as either primary or secondary sources of historical data from which historical accounts are constructed. (Essential for Grade 5)
H.2.4-5b: Students will examine historical materials relating to a particular region, society, or theme; chronologically arrange them, and analyze change over time. (Essential for Grade 4)

H.4: Students will develop historical knowledge of major events and phenomena in world, United States, and Delaware history .

H.4.4-5a: Students will develop an understanding of Delaware history and its connections with United States history, including:
H.4.4-5a.1: Native American inhabitants before European contact
H.4.4-5a.2: Exploration and settlement (1609-1775)
H.4.4-5a.3: From the First State to the Civil War (1776-1865)
H.4.4-5a.4: Growth of commerce, industry, transportation, and agriculture (1865-1945)
H.4.4-5b: Students will develop an understanding of selected themes in United States history, including:
H.4.4-5b:1: Who are the American people? (demographics, immigration)
H.4.4-5b:2: How did the United States develop its form of government?
H.4.4-5b:3: How have advances in technology changed our lives?
H.4.4-5b:4: Important people in American history
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