SST-05.4.02

5th Grade SST Targeted Benchmarks
Standard 4: Political Systems

SST-05.4.02 Identify the duties of the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of the Federal government (e.g., checks and balances).

Student Learning Targets:

Knowledge Targets

  • can list the different branches of the US government.
  • I can define democracy.

Reasoning Targets

  • can compare and contrast the different branches of US government.
  • I can give an example of who makes up each branch.

Skills (Performance) Targets

  • can demonstrate how the system of checks and balances works in the federal government. 

Product Targets

  • can create a project which shows the three branches of government and how they interact with each other (e.g. graphic organizer, flow chart, power point).

Proficiency Rubric

Score   Description Sample Activity
4.0 In addition to Score 3.0, the student demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications regarding more complex material that go beyond end of instruction expectations. -
  3.5 In addition to Score 3.0 performance, the student demonstrates in-depth inferences and applications regarding the more complex content with partial success.
3.0 “The Standard.” The student is able to show understanding of the concept of checks and balances through various media (models, charts, graphs) comparing and contrasting the role that the three branches of government play in the system of checks and balances. -
  2.5 The student demonstrates no major errors or omissions regarding the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) and partial knowledge of the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
2.0 The student explains the three branches of government and gives an example of who makes up each branch of government. -
  1.5 The student demonstrates partial knowledge of the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) but exhibits major errors or omissions regarding the more complex ideas and procedures (Score 3.0 content).
1.0 The student is able to list the three branches of the US government. -
  0.5 With help, the student demonstrates a partial understanding of some of the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) but not the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).

Resources

Websites

Discovery Education

Elementary Social Studies 

Parents Helping Students 

Helping Your Child With Social Studies

5th Grade Social Studies

 

Vocabulary

  • branches of government
  • executive branch
  • judicial branch
  • legislative branch
  • checks and balances

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