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

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Virginia Standards of Learning

VA.SS.VS. Virginia Studies
Political Growth and Western Expansion: 1781 to the Mid 1800s
VS.6. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the role of Virginia in the establishment of the new American nation by:
VS.6.a. Explaining why George Washington is called the “Father of our Country” and James Madison is called the “Father of the Constitution”.
VA.SS.USI. United States History to 1865
Revolution and the New Nation: 1770s to the Early 1800s
USI.7. The student will apply social science skills to understand the challenges faced by the new nation by:
USI.7.a. Explaining the weaknesses and outcomes of the government established by the Articles of Confederation.
USI.7.b. Describing the historical development of the Constitution of the United States.
USI.7.c. Describing the major accomplishments of the first five presidents of the United States.
VA.SS.USII. United States History: 1865 to the Present
Reconstruction: 1865 to 1877
USII.3. The student will apply social science skills to understand the effects of Reconstruction on American life by:
USII.3.a. Analyzing the impact of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States and how they changed the meaning of citizenship.
VA.SS.CE. Civics and Economics
Skills
CE.1. The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by:
CE.1.f. Determining multiple cause-and-effect relationships that impact political and economic events.
CE.2. The student will apply social science skills to understand the foundations of American constitutional government by:
CE.2.a. Explaining the fundamental principles of consent of the governed, limited government, rule of law, democracy, and representative government.
CE.2.b. Examining and evaluating the impact of the Magna Carta, charters of the Virginia Company of London, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom on the Constitution of Virginia and the Constitution of the United States, including the Bill of Rights.
CE.2.c. Describing the purposes for the Constitution of the United States as stated in its Preamble.
CE.6. The student will apply social science skills to understand the American constitutional government at the national level by:
CE.6.a. Describing the structure and powers of the national government.
CE.6.b. Explaining the principle of separation of powers and the operation of checks and balances.
CE.6.d. Describing the roles and powers of the executive branch.
CE.9. The student will apply social science skills to understand the judicial systems established by the Constitution of Virginia and the Constitution of the United States by:
CE.9.a. Describing the organization of the United States judicial system as consisting of state and federal courts with original and appellate jurisdiction.
VA.SS.WHII. World History and Geography: 1500 A.D. (C.E.) to the Present
The Modern Era
WHII.12. The student will apply social science skills to understand the conflicts during the second half of the twentieth century by:
WHII.12.b. Describing the major leaders and events of the Cold War, including the location of major conflicts.
WHII.12.d. Examining the political and economic shifts that led to the end of the Cold War, with emphasis on Margaret Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Ronald Reagan.
VA.SS.VUS. Virginia and United States History
Skills
VUS.1. The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by:
VUS.1.a. Synthesizing evidence from artifacts and primary and secondary sources to obtain information about events in Virginia and United States history.
VUS.1.d. Constructing arguments, using evidence from multiple sources.
VUS.1.j. Investigating and researching to develop products orally and in writing.
Revolution and the New Nation
VUS.5. The student will apply social science skills to understand the development of the American political system by:
VUS.5.b. Describing the major compromises necessary to produce the Constitution of the United States, with emphasis on the roles of James Madison and George Washington.
Expansion
VUS.6. The student will apply social science skills to understand major events in Virginia and United States history during the first half of the nineteenth century by:
VUS.6.c. Assessing the political and economic changes that occurred during this period, with emphasis on James Madison and the War of 1812.
Civil War and Reconstruction
VUS.7. The student will apply social science skills to understand the Civil War and Reconstruction eras and their significance as major turning points in American history by:
VUS.7.e. Evaluating and explaining the political and economic impact of the war and Reconstruction, including the adoption of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution of the United States.
VA.SS.GOVT. Virginia and United States Government
Skills
GOVT.1. The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by:
GOVT.1.c. Comparing and contrasting historical, cultural, economic, and political perspectives.
GOVT.1.f. Explaining how cause-and-effect relationships impact political and economic events.
GOVT.2. The student will apply social science skills to understand the political philosophies that shaped the development of Virginia and United States constitutional government by:
GOVT.2.f. Evaluating and explaining George Mason’s Virginia Declaration of Rights, Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and James Madison’s leadership role in securing adoption of the Bill of Rights by the First Congress.
GOVT.4. The student will apply social science skills to understand the Constitution of the United States by:
GOVT.4.a. Examining the ratification debates and The Federalist.
GOVT.4.b. Evaluating the purposes for government stated in the Preamble.
GOVT.4.c. Examining the fundamental principles upon which the Constitution of the United States is based, including the rule of law, consent of the governed, limited government, separation of powers, and federalism.
GOVT.6. The student will apply social science skills to understand local, state, and national elections by:
GOVT.6.e. Describing how amendments have extended the right to vote.
GOVT.7. The student will apply social science skills to understand the organization and powers of the national government by:
GOVT.7.a. Examining the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
GOVT.7.b. Analyzing the relationships among the three branches in a system of checks and balances and separation of powers.
GOVT.10. The student will apply social science skills to understand the federal judiciary by:
GOVT.10.a. Describing the organization, jurisdiction, and proceedings of federal courts.
GOVT.10.c. Describing how the Supreme Court decides cases.
GOVT.10.e. Investigating and evaluating how the judiciary influences public policy by delineating the power of government and safeguarding the rights of the individual.
GOVT.13. The student will apply social science skills to understand how world governments and economies compare and contrast with the government and the economy in the United States by:
GOVT.13.a. Describing the distribution of governmental power.
GOVT.13.b. Explaining the relationship between the legislative and executive branches.

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