Explain how the U.S. and Florida Constitutions establish the structure, function, powers and limits of government.


Clarification 1: Students will recognize that the U.S. Constitution and the Florida Constitution establish the framework for national and state government.

Clarification 2: Students will recognize how government is organized at the national level (e.g., three branches of government).

Clarification 3: Students will provide examples of people who make and enforce rules and laws in the United States (e.g., congress and president) and Florida (e.g., state legislature and governor).

General Information
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade: 3
Strand: Civics and Government (Starting 2023-2024)
Date Adopted or Revised: 07/21
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5021050: Social Studies Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
7721014: Access Social Studies - Grade 3 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))

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Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SS.3.CG.3.AP.1: Identify that the U.S. and Florida Constitutions have three branches of government.

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Lesson Plans

Central Idea of Government Branches :

Students will read and discuss What Are the Branches of Democracy? by Ann Matzke After, students will break off to determine the central idea of the text in segments. They will work to determine the significance and job of one of the three branches of Government.

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The Branches of Government Work Together:

Students will conduct research to identify two to three relevant details that support a given central idea about the three branches of the U.S. government. Students will gather information through text and text features utilizing informational texts and/or teacher given websites about how each branch is organized and operates. Students will then compile the information in order to summarize the main idea and relevant details into a multimedia project comparing and summarizing the three branches.

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Comparing the U.S. and Florida Constitutions:

In this lesson plan, students will compare and contrast the structure of the U.S. and Florida Constitutions. Students will complete a stations activity to learn about the function and powers of the national and state government.

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