Discipline: Social Studies
Course/Grade: 5th Grade
Date Written: 2013-2014
Unit Length:
Unit: Government

1. The United States government has specific functions that are determined by the way that power is
delegated and controlled among various bodies: the three levels (federal, state, local) and the three
branches (legislative, executive, judicial) of government.
2. The primary purposes of rules and laws within the United States constitutional government are to
protect individual rights, promote the general welfare and provide order.

Benchmarks/ Student Objectives:
1.1 Students will explain the primary functions of the three branches of government and how the leaders of each branch are selected, as established in the United States Constitution.
1.2 Students will describe how governmental power is limited through the principles of federalism, the separation of powers, and checks and balances.
1.3 Students will identify taxes and fees collected, and services provided, by governments during colonial times; students will compare these to the taxes and fees collected, and services provided, by the government today.
2.1 Students will explain how law limits the powers of government and the governed, protects individual
rights and promotes the general welfare.

Cognitive Type
Knowledge Analysis
Comprehension Synthesis
Application Evaluation

Content Vocabulary:

Strategies: (Initial, Modifying, Extending, Interdisciplinary)