State Government and Economics
Age 9-11: Concept 4 - Systems: Unit 2

Navigate the halls of state government. Appreciate the concept of federalism and why the founders of our country sought to distribute power between the national and state governments. Evaluate the relationship between taxes and services. This unit also includes a mini-course on economics.

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  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 5th or 6th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
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Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Federal versus State Government
  • Lesson 2: The State Capitol
  • Lesson 3: The State Constitution and Civic Duty
  • Lesson 4: The Governor and Lieutenant Governor
  • Lesson 5: State Legislature and Judicial System
  • Lesson 6: Economic Theories (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Economics in Your State (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Government / Economics Crash Course (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze how people in different parts of the United States earn a living, past and present. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the effects of immigration, migration, and limited resources on the economic development and growth of the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the relationship between government services and taxes. (Social Studies)
  • Analyze the structure of state government. (Social Studies)
  • Assess how the state's natural resources are being used. (Social Studies)
  • Categorize resources as natural, human, or capital. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the impact of mass production, specialization, and division of labor on the economic growth of the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the similarities and differences among the local, state, and national levels of government in the United States and explain their legislative, executive, and judicial functions. (Social Studies)
  • Describe the ways states specialize in economic activity and the relationship between specialization and interdependence. (Social Studies)
  • Distinguish between national and state governments and compare their responsibilities in the U.S. federal system. (Social Studies)
  • Evaluate the effects of supply and demand on business, industry, and agriculture, including the plantation system, in the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Evaluate the significance of economic relationships among other states. (Social Studies)
  • Examine ways the state is governed. (Social Studies)
  • Explain how supply and demand affects consumers in the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the impact of American ideas about progress and equality of opportunity on the economic development and growth of the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Explain the importance of responsible citizenship and identify ways citizens can participate in civic affairs. (Social Studies)
  • Identify and explain how geographic factors influence the location of economic activities in the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Identify and explain the basic function of the state government system. (Social Studies)
  • Identify how geography has influenced the location of economic activities in the United States. (Social Studies)
  • Identify important state government offices. (Social Studies)
  • Identify people, symbols, and events associated with your state. (Social Studies)
  • Identify the role of government leaders in the state. (Social Studies)
  • Recognize that money can be used for spending, saving, and paying taxes. (Social Studies)
  • Understand the basic function of the three branches of government within a state government. (Social Studies)
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