SS.5.CG.1.3

Discuss arguments for adopting a representative form of government.

Clarifications

Clarification 1: Students will explain what is meant by a representative government.
General Information
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade: 5
Strand: Civics and Government (Starting 2023-2024)
Status: State Board Approved

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5021070: Social Studies Grade 5 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 - 2023, 2023 and beyond (current))
7721016: Access Social Studies - Grade 5 (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.5.CG.1.AP.3: Recognize the United States is a representative government.

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Lesson Plans

A Nation for Representation: Part 3:

Students will use their pseudocode of a representative government from lesson 2 to create an interactive component in Scratch for their target audience. A peer review rubric will be used to make adjustments and an interactive digital gallery walk will ensue. This is lesson 3 of a 3-part integrated computer science and civics mini-unit.

Type: Lesson Plan

A Nation for Representation: Part 2:

In this integrated lesson, students will write pseudocode to identify whether an example shows representative government. The students will plan out an interactive game using the Scratch platform where the representative government is demonstrated using a graphic organizer to guide their planning. This lesson is part two of a multipart unit that will end with a culminating project that identifies the characteristics of a representative government.

Type: Lesson Plan

Shhh! We're Writing the Constitution: Historical Figures Character Traits:

This is lesson #7 in the text unit series for Shh! We're Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz. In this lesson, students will research five historical figures who led the United States to a representative government by comparing and contrasting primary and secondary sources. The students will write and reflect on what makes a good leader.

This unit will help students understand why and how the Constitution was created, including: the thirteen states and important historical figures present during the creation, the challenges and conflicts that state representatives faced during writing the Constitution, motifs and themes during the “Grand Convention,” and the relationship between state and national constitutions. Lessons will allow students to identify citizens’ civic duties outlined by the Constitution, the relationship between the federal and state Constitutions, and important historical symbols. Each part of the unit will include an in-depth dive into vocabulary and how it applies to the meaning of the text.

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

Nation for Representation: Part 1:

In this integrated lesson, students will use digital research skills to identify and analyze different types of government including representative vs. other types of government.  Students will complete a graphic organizer. This lesson is part one of a multi-part lesson that will end with a culminating project that identifies characteristics of a representative government using digital resources. 

 

Type: Lesson Plan

Teaching Idea

Grade 5 Civics Family Guide: Standard 1:

This Grade 5 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 1 at this grade level.

Type: Teaching Idea

Student Resources

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Teaching Idea

Grade 5 Civics Family Guide: Standard 1:

This Grade 5 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 1 at this grade level.

Type: Teaching Idea