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G R A D E S     K   -  4    

NSS-C.K-4.1 WHAT IS GOVERNMENT?
What is Government and What Should It Do?
  • What is government?
  • Where do people in government get the authority to make, apply, and enforce rules and laws and manage disputes about them?
  • Why is government necessary?
  • What are some of the most important things governments do?
  • What are the purposes of rules and laws?
  • How can you evaluate rules and laws?
  • What are the differences between limited and unlimited governments?
  • Why is it important to limit the power of government?
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NSS-C.K-4.2 VALUES AND PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY
What are the Basic Values and Principles of American Democracy?
  • What are the most important values and principles of American democracy?
  • What are some important beliefs Americans have about themselves and their government?
  • Why is it important for Americans to share certain values, principles, and beliefs?
  • What are the benefits of diversity in the United States?
  • How should conflicts about diversity be prevented or managed?
  • How can people work together to promote the values and principles of American democracy?
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NSS-C.K-4.3 PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY
How Does the Government Established by the Constitution Embody the Purposes, Values, and Principles of American Democracy?
  • What is the United States Constitution and why is it important?
  • What does the national government do and how does it protect individual rights and promote the common good?
  • What are the major responsibilities of state governments?
  • What are the major responsibilities of local governments?
  • Who represents you in the legislative and executive branches of your local, state, and national governments?
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NSS-C.K-4.4 OTHER NATIONS AND WORLD AFFAIRS
What is the Relationship of the United States to Other Nations and to World Affairs?
  • How is the world divided into nations?
  • How do nations interact with one another?
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NSS-C.K-4.5 ROLES OF THE CITIZEN
What are the Roles of the Citizen in American Democracy?
  • What does it mean to be a citizen of the United States?
  • How does a person become a citizen?
  • What are important rights in the United States?
  • What are important responsibilities of Americans?
  • What dispositions or traits of character are important to the preservation and improvement of American democracy?
  • How can Americans participate in their government?
  • What is the importance of political leadership and public service?
  • How should Americans select leaders?
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