Social Studies Worksheets and Study Guides Fifth Grade. Forming a Government

The resources above correspond to the standards listed below:

Kentucky Standards

KY.AE. Academic Expectation
AE.1. Students are able to use basic communication and mathematics skills for purposes and situations they will encounter throughout their lives.
1.2. Students make sense of the variety of materials they read.
AE.2. Students shall develop their abilities to apply core concepts and principles from mathematics, the sciences, the arts, the humanities, social studies, practical living studies, and vocational studies to what they will encounter throughout their lives.
2.14. Social Studies: Students understand the democratic principles of justice, equality, responsibility, and freedom and apply them to real-life situations.
KY.CC. Core Content for Assessment v.4.1.
SS-05-1. Government and Civics: The study of government and civics equips students to understand the nature of government and the unique characteristics of representative democracy in the United States, including its fundamental principles, structure and the role of citizens. Understanding the historical development of structures of power, authority and governance and their evolving functions in contemporary U.S. society and other parts of the world is essential for developing civic competence. An understanding of civic ideals and practices of citizenship is critical to full participation in society and is a central purpose of the social studies.
SS-05-1.1. Formation of Governments
SS-05-1.1.1. Students will describe the basic purposes of the U.S. Government as defined in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution (to establish justice, to ensure domestic tranquility, to provide for the common defense, to promote the general welfare, to secure the blessings of liberty); give examples of services the U.S. Government provides (e.g., armed forces, interstate highways, national parks) and analyze the importance of these services to citizens today. DOK 3
SS-05-1.1.2. Students will explain and give examples of how democratic governments function (by making, enacting and enforcing laws) to promote the 'common good' (e.g., public smoking ban, speed limits, seat belt requirements). DOK 3
SS-05-1.2. Constitutional Principles
SS-05-1.2.1. Students will identify the three branches of the U.S. Government, explain the basic duties of each branch (executive-enforce the laws, legislative-make the laws, judicial-interpret the laws) and identify important national/federal offices/leaders, (President, Vice-President, Congress, House, Senate, U.S. Senators, U.S. Representatives, U.S. Supreme Court, judges) associated with each branch. DOK 2
SS-05-1.2.2. Students will explain why the framers of the Constitution felt it was important to establish a government where powers are shared across different levels (local, state, national/federal) and branches (executive, legislative, judicial). DOK 2
SS-05-1.3. Rights and Responsibilities
SS-05-1.3.1. Students will explain the basic principles of democracy (e.g., justice, equality, responsibility, freedom) found in significant U.S. historical documents (Declaration of Independence, U. S. Constitution, Bill of Rights) and analyze why they are important to citizens today. DOK 3
SS-05-5. Historical Perspective: History is an account of events, people, ideas and their interaction over time that can be interpreted through multiple perspectives. In order for students to understand the present and plan for the future, they must understand the past. Studying history engages students in the lives, aspirations, struggles, accomplishments and failures of real people. Students need to think in an historical context in order to understand significant ideas, beliefs, themes, patterns and events, and how individuals and societies have changed over time in Kentucky, the United States and the World.
SS-05-5.1. The Factual and Interpretive Nature of History
SS-05-5.1.1. Students will use a variety of primary and secondary sources (e.g., artifacts, diaries, maps, timelines) to describe significant events in the history of the U.S. and interpret different perspectives. DOK 3
KY.PS. Program of Studies 2006
SS-5-GC. Big Idea: Government and Civics - The study of government and civics allows students to understand the nature of government and the unique characteristics of American democracy, including its fundamental principles, structure, and the role of citizens. Understanding the historical development of structures of power, authority and governance and their evolving functions in contemporary U.S. society and other parts of the world is essential for developing civic competence. An understanding of civic ideals and practices of citizenship is critical to full participation in society and is a central purpose of the social studies. (Academic Expectations 2.14, 2.15)
SS-5-GC-S-1. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will demonstrate an understanding of government, using information from print and non-print sources (e.g., documents, informational passages/texts, interviews, digital and environmental):
SS-5-GC-S-1.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
SS-5-GC-S-1.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. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will 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. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will 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 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. Program of Studies: Skills and Concepts - Students will investigate the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens:
SS-5-GC-S-4.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
SS-5-GC-U-1. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that the government of the United States was developed from a colonial base of representative democracy by people who envisioned an independent country and new purposes for the government.
SS-5-GC-U-2. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that the United States Government was formed to establish order, provide security and accomplish common goals.
SS-5-GC-U-3. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that the fundamental values and principles (e.g., liberty, justice, individual human dignity) of American democracy are expressed in historical documents (e.g., the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, including the Preamble and the Bill of Rights).
SS-5-GC-U-4. Program of Studies: Understandings - Students will understand that the Constitution of the United States establishes a government of limited powers that are shared among different levels and branches.