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In fifth grade, students learn about how the Founding documents of the United States were developed and how these documents guide decisions. Students explore the multiple perspectives people have regarding their rights and responsibilities.

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Inquiry Anchor Standard

Constructing Compelling Questions

SS.5.1. Identify the disciplinary concepts and ideas associated with a compelling question.

Constructing Supporting Questions

SS.5.2. Use supporting questions to help answer the compelling question in an inquiry.

Gathering and Evaluating Sources

SS.5.3. Determine the credibility of multiple sources.

Developing Claims and Using Evidence

SS.5.4. Identify evidence that draws information from multiple perspectives and sources in response to a compelling question.

Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions

SS.5.5. With teacher direction, construct responses to compelling questions supported by reasoning and evidence.

Taking Informed Action

SS.5.6. Identify challenges and opportunities when taking action to address problems, including predicting possible results.

SS.5.7. Use a range of consensus-building and democratic procedures to make decisions about and act on civic problems in the classroom.

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Content Anchor Standard

Behavioral Science

Recognize the Interaction Between the Individual and Various Groups

SS.5.8. Analyze how rights and laws influence interactions between groups in society.

Examine Factors that Led to Continuity and Change on Human Development and Behavior

SS.5.9. Analyze the strategies that a variety of demographic groups have used to ensure their rights.


Apply Civic Virtues and Democratic Principles

SS.5.10. Describe how the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution impact the decisions of government, society, and/or communities.

Interpret Processes, Rules and Laws

SS.5.11. Explain the processes people use to change rules and laws in the classroom, school, government, and/or society.

SS.5.12. Describe how laws, rules and processes have changed over time in order to restrict, protect, or extend rights.


Critique Exchange and Markets

SS.5.13. Describe how goods and services are produced and distributed domestically and globally.

Evaluate the National Economy

SS.5.14. Explain how various levels of government use taxes to pay for the goods and services they provide.

Assess the Global Economy

SS.5.15. Explain how trade impacts relationships between countries.

Financial Literacy

Create a Saving and Spending Plan

SS.5.16. Demonstrate ways to monitor how money is spent and saved.

Measure Risk Management Tools

SS.5.17. Give examples of financial risks that individuals and households face.

SS.5.18. Investigate ways that personal information is fraudulently obtained.


Create Geographic Representations

SS.5.19. Create geographic representations to illustrate how cultural and environmental characteristics of a region impacted a historical event.

Analyze Human Population Movements and Patterns

SS.5.20. Analyze how rules and laws encourage or restrict human population movements to and within the United States of America.


Analyze Change, Continuity, and Context

SS.5.21. Describe the connections between historical developments that occurred within the same time period.

Compare Perspectives

SS.5.22. Explain how economic, political, and social contexts shaped people's perspectives at a given time in history.

Critique Historical Sources and Evidence

SS.5.23. Using information from within a primary source, infer the intended audience, purpose, and how the creator's intended audience shaped the source.

Justify Causation and Argumentation

SS.5.24. Explain probable causes and effects of historical developments.

SS.5.25. Develop a claim about the past and cite evidence to support it.

Iowa History

SS.5.26. Analyze Iowa's role in civil rights history.

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Iowa Social Studies Standards Document

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