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Students explore U.S. laws by researching Montana. In this Native American nation lesson, students read the current Federal policy regarding American Indian living arrangements in the state of Montana based upon their history. Students create a presentation they share with the class discussing the reasons for specific Native American policies.
Tenth graders analyze the causes of the Great Depression. They analyze the causes and the consequences of the Dust Bowl. Pupils examine how the Great Depression helped change the role of the federal government in the American economy. Students examine the change approach to the Depression from the early years of the Hover Administration through the Second New Deal.
Tenth graders examine the impact of the Great Depression on the United States. In groups, they use the internet to research the causes of the Great Depression and the effects of the Dust Bowl. To end the lesson, they compare and contrast the federal government's role before and after the Great Depression.
Students research and prepare a persuasive paper on how federal courts should be constructed in a new country. In this Federal Court System lesson, students decide whether they should model a new country's federal courts after the US court system or create a new type of federal court system. Students also demonstrate how power of the courts in this new country will be limited.
Students are introduced to the roles of the Federal Reserve System. In groups, they participate in a demonstration in which they role play the different roles of the Federal Reserve. During the demonstration, they discover what happens when events change the interest rates or amount of cash in the banks. They also watch a video about the Reserve to end the lesson.
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. For this government lesson plan, 6th graders observe images of these men and discuss their importance.
Students explore energy efficient appliances. For this economics and ecology lesson, students compare and analyze EnergyGuide labels of various appliances. Students discuss federal government involvement with consumer awareness issues. Students complete a related worksheet. to determine the "best buy" for several appliances.