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Students think about their personal ideas of government and discuss in groups. They create a poster collage of words, pictures, and quotes about government. They present their poster to the class.
Fifth graders investigate the connection between taxes and government services. In this economics lesson, 5th graders discuss the process and benefits of paying sales and income taxes. Using calculators, students compute the amount of tax paid based on the percentage. Students list the variety of goods and services provided by the government that assist everyday people, and discuss what life would be like without those services.
Students explore and examine the 40th anniversary of Ernesto Che Guevara's execution and his image as an international symbol of revolutionary values. They then interpret the iconic Che image from a variety of different points of view. and create artwork utilizing his image and legacy.
In this United States history activity, students reference their textbook to answer 16 fill in the blank questions and 8 short answer questions regarding the early government of the nation.
Young scholars study the ideas and experiences that shaped the founding fathers' perspective about government. In this the government lesson plan, students examine the Articles of Confederation as they relate to the power of government. Young scholars then study the experiences that led to the American Revolution.
Learners of all ages explore Revolutionary War protest activities. They view a variety of primary and secondary sources from the 1800s which represent differing opinions on political issues. They discuss the impact government had on the lives of the colonists based on their readings, and design a poster or write a letter using their knowledge of American historical events.
Students identify and research significant people, causes, and primary documents of the U.S. Revolutionary War. They create a class Revolutionary War web using Inspiration computer software, write a journal depicting three days in the life of a selected Revolutionary War figure, and participate in a Revolutionary War Wax Museum presentation.
Students examine how American Indian cultures changed as a result of the Revolutionary War.
Students gain a deeper understanding of both geography and the Revolutionary War. They practice using on line research in examining historical events and using political, physical, and topographic maps.
Students identify the varied roles of Virginians in the Revolutionary War era and define the terms patriot, loyalist, and neutral. They then pretend they are patriots and list reasons on a chart why they are fighting against England and discuss.
Students research how coded messages were used during the Revolutionary War. In this Revolutionary War lesson, students view primary documents about the Revolutionary War spies and the methods used for sending messages. Students write a message to a classmate by using an invisible ink from lemon juice. Students reveal the coded message by using a light bulb.
Young scholars explore U.S. growth by examining photographs. In this U.S. government lesson, students discuss the American Revolution and the impact it had on colonial Virginia and 20th century America. Young scholars view photographs and documents from colonial Virginia and create captions for the images.
Sixth graders design a symbol to symbolize George Mason, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington, and James Monroe, to commemorate their contributions to the U.S. Constitution. In this government lesson plan, 6th graders observe images of these men and discuss their importance.
Seventh graders construct a historical timeline of events leading up to and during the Revolutionary War. They give a speech pleading the cause of independence and compare and contrast today's news media with the ideals of the revolutionary era.
Learners explore the revolutionary, confederation, and constitutional periods of American history. In this American history lesson, students compare and contrast the early forms of the American government.
Fifth graders describe three similarities and three differences between the American Revolutionary War and the American Civil War. They play a game comparing the two wars.
Students investigate the steps taken to establish the government of the U.S. They conduct research, read and analyze primary source documents, and answer discussion questions about the Articles of Confederation.
Learners explore cause and effect. In this early American government lesson, students research the series of events that led to the revolution, confederation, and constitution. Learners use cause and effect examples to complete a culminating activity.
Students identify the functions of money. After reading a story set in the Revolutionary War, they describe what the money of the time period looked like and how it was used. Using the internet, they compare Continental Congress money with a Spanish half dollar. They write a paragraph citing which money they would like to have if they were living in Valley Forge in 1778.
Students explore money of the Revolutionary War Era. In this economics lesson, students compare Continental Congress money to the Spanish half dollar and then write about their preferred money during the time period.