• GLE-Civ5

    5th Grade Level Expectations
    Standard 1:
    Students understand the purposes of government, and the basic
    constitutional principles of the United States republican form of
    Fifth grade students will:
    1.1 Explain what life is like for people who have no “established” rights, e.g.:
    immigrants, refugees
    1.2 Describe the difference between the “rule of law” and arbitrary decisions of a
    leader “outside of the law”
    1.3 Compare and contrast the Preamble to the Constitution and the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments
    1.4 Describe American leaders in American political cultural change, e.g.: Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Harriett Tubman, Booker T. Washington, Franklin Roosevelt, and many others
    1.5 Analyze the importance of the Gettsyburg Address and the 13th, 14th, and 15th
    Standard 2:
    Students know the structure and function of local, state, and national government and how citizen involvement shapes public policy.
    Fifth grade students will:
    2.1 Explain the similarities between the state and national branches of government— Executive, Legislative, and Judicial
    2.2 Describe how the “balance of power” among the Executive, Legislative and
    Judicial branches operates
    2.3 Identify methods of “conflict management”—negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and litigation
    2.4 Explain how political parties and campaigns help shape public policies—
    Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Green Party, etc.
    Standard 3:
    Students know the political relationship of the United States and its citizens to other nations and to world affairs.
    Fifth grade students will:
    3.1 Contrast political formations (nations, countries) with physical formations (land and continents)
    3.2 Explain “foreign policy” and explain a selected current U.S. foreign policy
    3.3 Give an example of how U.S. foreign policy affects the lives of ordinary U.S.
    citizens, e.g.: sending American citizens to a war zone; saving American lives by
    interceding for them in a foreign country
    Standard 4:
    Students understand how citizens exercise the rules, rights and
    responsibilities of participation in civic life at all levels – local, state, and national.
    Fifth grade students will:
    4.1 Define “naturalization” and describe how to become a citizen of the U.S.
    4.2 Analyze how “voluntary public service” and “jury duty” fulfill some of a citizen’s responsibility
    4.3 Summarize the rights declared in the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution
    4.4 Explain the importance of voting in local, state, and national elections