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

The resources above correspond to the standards listed below:

Massachusetts Standards

MA.5.CS. United States History, Geography, Economics, and Government: Early Exploration to Westward Movement (Concepts and Skills)
CIVICS AND GOVERNMENT
5.CS.9. Give examples of the responsibilities and powers associated with major federal and state officials (the President, chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, governor, state senators, and state representatives). (C)
MA.5.LS. United States History, Geography, Economics, and Government: Early Exploration to Westward Movement (Learning Standards)
THE PRINCIPLES AND INSTITUTIONS OF AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT
5.24. Describe the basic political principles of American democracy and explain how the Constitution and the Bill of Rights reflect and preserve these principles. (C)
5.24.D. Limited government
5.24.E. Representative democracy
5.25. Identify the three branches of the United States government as outlined by the Constitution, describe their functions and relationships, and identify what features of the Constitution were unique at the time (e.g., the presidency and the independent judiciary). (H, C)
5.26. Identify the rights in the Bill of Rights and explain the reasons for its inclusion in the Constitution in 1791. (H, C)
THE REVOLUTION AND THE FORMATION OF A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UNDER THE CONSTITUTION, 1775-1789
5.18. Describe the life and achievements of important leaders during the Revolution and the early years of the United States. (H, C)
5.18.A. John Adams
5.18.F. James Madison
5.19. Identify the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including its date, its primary author (John Adams), and the basic rights it gives to citizens of the Commonwealth. (C)
5.20. Explain the reasons for the adoption of the Articles of Confederation in 1781 and for its later failure. (H, C)
5.21. Describe Shays's Rebellion of 1786-1787 and explain why it was one of the crucial events leading to the Constitutional Convention. (H, E, C)
5.22. Identify the various leaders of the Constitutional Convention and describe the major issues they debated. (H, E, C)
5.22.A. Distribution of political power
5.22.B. Rights of individuals
5.22.C. Rights of states
5.22.D. The Great Compromise