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Elementary School | Social Studies | Politics

The existence and advancement of a free society depend on the knowledge, skills and understanding of its citizenry. Through the study of various forms and levels of government and the documents and institutions of the United States, students will develop the skills and knowledge that they need to be contributing citizens, now and in the future.

Learning Objectives Grades K-2

Understand and explain basic principles of the United States government:

  • Describe the fundamental principles of government including representative government, government of law, individual rights and the common good.

Understand the structures and functions of the political systems of the United States and other nations:

  • Identify the different levels of government as local, state and national.

Understand election processes and responsibilities of citizens:

  • Identify concepts of responsible citizenship including respect for the law, patriotism, civility and working with others.

Understand the roles and influences of individuals and interest groups in the political systems of the United States and other nations:

  • Identify the roles of civic leaders (e.g., elected leaders, public service leaders).

Understand United States foreign policy as it relates to other nations and international issues:

  • Identify relationships that the federal government establishes with other nations.

Understand the development of United States political ideas and traditions:

  • Describe political ideas and traditions important to the development of the United States including democracy, individual rights and the concept of freedom.

Learning Objectives Grades 3-5

Understand and explain basic principles of the United States government:

  • Explain the importance of fundamental concepts expressed and implied in major documents including the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution.

Understand the structures and functions of the political systems of the United States and other nations:

  • Explain what government does at local, state and national levels.

Understand election processes and responsibilities of citizens:

  • Describe and evaluate why rights and responsibilities are important to the individual, family, community, workplace, state and nation (e.g., voting, protection under the law).

Understand the roles and influences of individuals and interest groups in the political systems of the United States and other nations:

  • Explain ways that individuals and groups influence and shape public policy.

Understand United States foreign policy as it relates to other nations and international issues:

  • Determine and explain the leadership role of the United States in international settings.

Understand the development of United States political ideas and traditions:

  • Identify consistencies and inconsistencies between expressed United States political traditions and ideas and actual practices (e.g., freedom of speech, right to bear arms, slavery, voting rights).

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