SS.4.CG.3.1

Explain the structure and functions of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government in Florida.

Clarifications

Clarification 1: Students will compare the powers of Florida’s three branches of government.

Clarification 2: Students will explain how the Declaration of Rights in the Florida Constitution protects the rights of citizens.

General Information
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade: 4
Strand: Civics and Government
Date Adopted or Revised: 05/24
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))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SS.4.CG.3.AP.1: Recognize Florida's three branches of government, including legislative (makes laws), judicial (interprets laws), and executive (enforces laws).

Related Resources

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

Lesson Plans

Getting to Know the Branches of Florida Government:

In this lesson, students will use word maps to differentiate between the three branches of government and become more familiar with the vocabulary. They will be tasked with creating a short comic strip depicted themselves teaching their understanding. 

Type: Lesson Plan

Florida's Three Branches of Government: Part 2:

This is Part 2 of a two-part lesson series where students explain the structure and function of Florida’s three branches of government while placing the contributions of significant individuals to Florida on a timeline.  The students will also write an expository paragraph/essay explaining Florida's three branches of government.

Type: Lesson Plan

Florida's Three Branches of Government: Part 1:

This is Part 1 of a two-part lesson series where students explain the structure and function of Florida’s three branches of government while understanding the contributions of significant individuals to Florida.  

Type: Lesson Plan

Florida: Branches of the Government:

This is lesson five of a civics integration unit that covers the text Florida by Tamra Orr. Students will record and analyze text features as they gain knowledge regarding the purposes and functions of the branches of government in this lesson.

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

Our Florida Government: 3=1!:

In this lesson plan, students learn about the three branches of government in Florida. They will learn about the structure, function, and powers of each. Also, the branches will be compared to the federal branches of government.

Type: Lesson Plan

Teaching Idea

Grade 4 Civics Family Guide: Standard 3:

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 3 at this grade level.

Type: Teaching Idea

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Lesson Plan

Florida: Branches of the Government:

This is lesson five of a civics integration unit that covers the text Florida by Tamra Orr. Students will record and analyze text features as they gain knowledge regarding the purposes and functions of the branches of government in this lesson.

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

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Teaching Idea

Grade 4 Civics Family Guide: Standard 3:

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 3 at this grade level.

Type: Teaching Idea