SS.4.CG.2.2

Explain the importance of voting, public service and volunteerism to the state and nation.

Clarifications

Clarification 1: Students will explain how voting, public service and volunteerism contribute to the preservation of the republic.

Clarification 2: Students will discuss different types of public service and volunteerism.

General Information
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade: 4
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.
5021060: Social Studies Grade 4 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
7721015: Access Social Studies - Grade 4 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
5011040: Library Skills/Information Literacy 4 (Specifically in versions: 2016 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SS.4.CG.2.AP.2: Identify different types of public service and volunteerism.

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Lesson Plans

Florida Tackles Invasive Species: Lesson 2:

Students will use their lesson one research on an invasive species in Florida to plan an interactive Scratch program. The animation will include at least one option for citizens to control the issue. Students will learn about pseudocoding and how to plan a coding project. This is lesson 2 in a 3-part integrated computer science and civics mini-unit on invasive species.

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Public Service Jobs and Databases: Part Three:

In this lesson plan, students will create an informational Scratch program on a public service job.  This is lesson three in a three-lesson unit that integrates computer science and coding.

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Public Service Jobs and Databases: Part Two:

In this lesson plan, students will review jobs in public service, select one to research, and create a plan for a Scratch program on this public service job.  This is lesson two in a three-lesson unit that integrates computer science and coding.

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Public Service Jobs And Databases: Part One:

Students will learn about and explore public service jobs and how they might utilize databases.   This is Lesson one in a three-lesson integrated unit on civics and computer science. 

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Community Partnership Project Part 2: Human Impact on Invasive/Non-native organisms:

In this integrated lesson plan, students will explore invasive and non-native species of plants and animals around us and how they impact the environment, while also discovering different forms volunteerism that preserve our ecosystem.

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Florida Tackles Invasive Species: Lesson 1:

In this integrated lesson, students will research invasive species and the solutions that Florida citizens can participate in to mitigate the issues associated with them. Students will interact with an example Scratch simulation that illustrates how Lionfish spread.  This is lesson 1 in a 3 part-integrated computer science and civics series to help students understand the invasive species of Florida and how citizens can participate in solving this issue. 

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Florida: Florida Needs Me:

In lesson 3 of the integrated civics unit on the book Florida by Tamra Orr students will learn the key vocabulary terms public service and volunteerism. Students will use central idea and relevant details from the text to complete a graphic organizer with features of Florida, related needs & problems, related public service roles, and volunteer opportunities.

This resource uses a book that is on the Florida Department of Education's reading list. This book is not provided with this resource.

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Community Partnership Project Part 1: Human Impact on Native Species in Florida:

In this integrated lesson plan, students will explore native species of plants and animals around us and how they impact the environment, while also discovering how public services protect these organisms.

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Who Represents Us? Part 3:

Students will present their representative campaigns created in Scratch to the class. They will take notes during each presentation. A mini-voting session will take place after all campaigns have been reviewed.  This is the third and final part of an integrated computer science and civics mini-unit. 

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Civic Duties to the State and Nation:

In this lesson, students will make a claim supporting American’s civil participation as key to preserving the republic. They will write a claim that supports one of these two topics: the significance of public service or volunteerism. While writing an organized piece with resource-based findings, students will create a PowerPoint presentation of their findings.

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Florida: Florida's National Role:

In lesson 6 of this text unit series for Florida, by Tamra Orr, students will explain and support a claim made by the author, using text features. They will gain knowledge on the impact of voting in presidential elections on society and Florida’s significance in United States elections.

This resource uses a book that is on the Florida Department of Education's reading list. This book is not provided with this resource.

Type: Lesson Plan

Why We Vote:

Students will practice their oral presentation skills while sharing their opinion about a given classroom topic requiring a vote. In this lesson, students will gain a better understanding of the importance of voting. After being presented with three choices on a classroom topic, students will use a graphic organizer to structure their ideas and details, then share their oral presentations within a small group of peers. Afterwards, students will cast a vote on the classroom topic.

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Putting a Lid on Plastics: Marine Debris PSA:

Students explore the problem of marine debris and microplastics as well as the ways that citizens and the government can help, then create their own public service announcement or educational short video in this integrated lesson plan.

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Plastic Footprint Lesson Plan:

Students explore the problem of marine debris and ways that citizens can work alongside government to reduce the impact of plastic pollution.  They calculate their plastic footprint by estimating the number of common single-use plastics they use in one year, then calculate how much plastic waste could be eliminated by cutting down on their use of single-use plastics in this integrated lesson plan.

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Volunteering with the Mayor Part 2:

Volunteering is vital to keeping any community safe, inviting, and running smoothly! In this lesson, students will work together to plan a volunteer project they would like to see happen in their community; as well as, create a budget for their project.

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Volunteering with the Mayor:

The mayor wants to build a new park in town! Volunteer your time and help the mayor design an expense report with a given budget for the new park in this lesson.

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Exploring Mode:

In this lesson plan, students will practice finding the mode of a set of data and recognizing how it is used in real life situations. Students will be given the opportunity to collect data, create line plots, interpret the numbers, and find the mode of the data.

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Volunteer Trash Cleanup:

In this Model Eliciting Activity (MEA), students will help a volunteer coordinator choose cleanup projects that will have the greatest positive impact on the environment. Students will learn about how litter and pollution can affect wildlife as well as how cleanup efforts can help. They will discuss the importance of volunteering in the community and utilize math skills such as calculating area in deciding how to rank the different cleanup projects.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

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Teaching Idea

Grade 4 Civics Family Guide: Standard 2:

This Grade 4 Civics Family Guide provides some ideas and activities to support civics education when at home, out and about, and in the community. The activities provided align to the civics learning benchmarks within Standard 2 at this grade level.

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Video/Audio/Animations

Volunteer Trash Cleanup Data Set 2 Video:

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Volunteer Trash Cleanup Reading Passage 2 Video:

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Volunteer Trash Cleanup Data Set 1 Video:

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Volunteer Trash Cleanup Reading Passage 1 Video:

This video can be played with Reading Passage 1 for the Volunteer Trash Cleanup MEA (199167).

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

STEM Lessons - Model Eliciting Activity

Volunteer Trash Cleanup Data Set 1 Video:

Volunteer Trash Cleanup Data Set 2 Video:

Volunteer Trash Cleanup Reading Passage 1 Video:

This video can be played with Reading Passage 1 for the Volunteer Trash Cleanup MEA (199167).

Volunteer Trash Cleanup Reading Passage 2 Video:

Student Resources

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Parent Resources

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Teaching Idea

Grade 4 Civics Family Guide: Standard 2:

This Grade 4 Civics Family Guide provides some ideas and activities to support civics education when at home, out and about, and in the community. The activities provided align to the civics learning benchmarks within Standard 2 at this grade level.

Type: Teaching Idea