I have used parts of this lesson with gifted third and fourth grade students.
This lesson is appropriate for students in fifth grade for many reasons. The main reason it is appropriate is because it follows the state standards for social studies, reading and writing. The activities in this lesson include various grouping arrangements: whole class and independent assignments. The procedure includes strategies that mandate students to use critical thinking skills, especially if they are on the jury. The instructional processes have allowed for differentiated instruction by including alternative strategies for many of the activities. The last activity is a home connection that requires the student to use the information they learned in class as they interview a family member. For all the above reasons this lesson is appropriate for middle childhood learners.
ODE and Common Core Standards
SOCIAL STUDIES CONTENT STANDARD(S):
Explain the responsibilities of the judicial branch, headed by the Supreme Court, interpret and apply the law
Explain the duties of upholding the U.S. Constitution including serving on juries
LANGUAGE ARTS STANDARD(S):
Use effective listening strategies, summarize major ideas and draw logical inferences from presentations and visual media.
Demonstrate fluent oral reading, using sight words and decoding skills, varying intonation and timing as appropriate for text.
Vary language choice and use effective presentation techniques, including voice modulation and enunciation.
Locate and summarize important information from multiple sources.