Grade 4 Unit 4 Connecticut Government and Current Events

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  Social Studies                                            

Grade:  4th

Unit 4:  CT Government/Current Issues               

Pacing:  April-May

Essential Question(s):

       1.  Who makes laws and why are they made?

       2.  Why is a Constitution important for our government?

       3.  Why is it important for citizens to be part of the law-making process? 

 Big Idea(s):

  1. Laws are made by the legislative branch of government to protect our rights and citizenship.
  2. A Constitution provides structure for our government.
  3. It is important to be part of the law-making process in order to maintain a balanced government. (ie: voting)

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

Priority:

1.7-1:  Explain how the structure of state government provides basic services.

1.7-2:  Analyze how a constitution provides structure for a government.

1.8-1:  Explain the process for making and implementing laws in Connecticut.

Supporting:

1.8-2:  Evaluate the impact of specific Connecticut laws on its citizens.

1.9-1:  Identify significant characteristics of an effective and responsible citizen. (ie: voting, participating in government)

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

 

State government provides basic services

 

 

 

Constitution provides structure for a government

 

 

Process for making and implementing CT laws

 

 

 

Responsibilities of an effective and responsible citizen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Identify and explain the roles of the three branches of government

 

 

Analyze (how a constitution provides structure for a government)

 

 

Explain the purpose, structure, and functions of government and law at the local, state, and national levels

 

 

Identify significant characteristics (of an effective and responsible citizen)

 

Describe the interactions between citizens and their government

 

Understand the rights and responsibilities of citizens

 

2, 3

 

 

 

4

 

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

2

 

 

2

 

Assessments

Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

  1. What are the 3 branches of government?
  2. How does a bill become a law?
  3. Why is it important to be a responsible citizen?
  4. What is the Constitution?  Explain why it is important.

 

“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):

  1. 1 – 3 short-response questions on daily topics
  2. Short Quizzes (True/False, Matching, Fill in Blank)
  3. Oral discussions

      4.   Journal Writings

 

Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

 Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Scott Foresman Leveled Readers Books on Government and Laws

How a Bill Becomes a Law (Scholastic, 2008) – Teacher Resource

Packet – Connecticut State Legislature Information & Activity Book

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

  

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

amendment

bill

citizen

Congress

Constitution

democracy

executive branch

government

House of Representatives

judicial branch

legislative branch

rights

Senate

Supreme Court

veto

vote

Field Trips –

State Capitol

Museum of CT History

Supreme Court

 

Citizens (Students) create a bill for classroom or school. 

Congress (Teacher) decides whether the bill should be passed or not before the vote.  House and Senate (Students) vote on the bill.  If it passes, then it goes to the President (Teacher) who decides if the bill should become a law.  If so, President (Teacher) signs the bill.  If not, the bill if vetoed. 

 

Write to President, Governor,  State Representative, or town Mayor about an issue of concern

Reading

Math

Spelling

Music

Art

Writing