School Improvement in Maryland

Using the State Standards: Social Studies, Grade 3

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CIVICS:

Social Studies:

Standard 1.0 Civics

Students will understand the historical development and current status of the democratic principles and the development of skills and attitudes necessary to become responsible citizens.

Topic

A. The Foundations and Function of Government

Indicator

  • 1. Explain the role of individuals and groups in creating rules and laws to maintain order, protect citizens, and provide services
Objectives
  1. Identify local government leaders, such as the mayor, county council members or commissioners, and county executive and explain their role in protecting citizens and maintaining order
  2. Explain the consequences of violating rules and laws
  3. Describe the selection process and duties of local officials who make, apply, and enforce laws through government

Indicator

  • 2. Explain how certain practices are connected with the democratic principles (skills, attitudes, and dispositions) of being a citizen
Objectives
  1. Identify and explain democratic principles, such as individual rights and responsibilities, patriotism, common good, justice and equality
  2. Describe practices such as voting, following rules, volunteering, and recognizing national holidays associated with democratic principles

Topic

B. Individual and Group Participation in the Political System

Indicator

  • 1. Explain how people and events have contributed to the American political system
Objectives
  1. Describe the contributions of local government leaders such as county executives, county council, mayor and city council
  2. Describe the contributions of people who contributed to the common good of society

Indicator

  • 2. Analyze the role of individual and group participation in creating a supportive community
Objectives
  1. Explain the decision making process used to accomplish a community goal or solve a community problem
  2. Explain the roles and responsibilities of effective citizens in a political process
  3. Describe the actions of people who have made a positive difference in their community, such as community and civic leaders, and organizations

Topic

C. Protecting Rights and Maintaining Order

Indicator

  • 1. Explain the rights and responsibilities of being a member of the school and the community
Objective
  1. Describe the responsibilities of being an effective citizen, such as cleaning up your neighborhood, being informed, obeying rules and laws, participating in class decisions, and volunteering

Date: 6/20/2006