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Learners explore the National Road to Indiana. In this U.S. highway history and primary source research lesson, students read an original journal written by Jane Voorhees Lewis in 1806 describing her trip west on the first federally funded highway. Learners respond to comprehension questions following their reading.
Students review the parts of a phone book and identify white pages, residential pages, yellow pages and government pages. They locate how to find information about pricing, making long distance calls, and contacting the phone company. Students review how information is listed and the rules of alphabetizing. In pairs, students practice finding residential, government and business listings.
What are the services that a county provides its residents? How much do property and sales tax account for the money needed to provide these services? And who is really in charge? Your class members will become county experts after working with these materials.
Review the Great Depression in the United States from an economist's perspective, examining roots of the crash, government policy actions, and policies instituted by the Fed.
This unit is an introduction to the U.S. Constitution. First, 8th graders read the Articles of Confederation. They pretend to be a visitor to the convention and write a journal describing the compromises that "save the day." Next, they research how the concepts of representative democracy work within the framework of our government as outlined in the Constitution.
Seventh graders investigate the Federal reserve.  In this economics lesson, 7th graders participate in a simple banking simulation to learn how banks take in deposits, make loans, and hold reserves.  Students study the purpose of the Federal reserve.
Young scholars investigate their elected officials and their roles. In this governmental leadership activity, students discuss the Constitution and research their elected officials. They also organize the information they find regarding the three branches of government.
Students determine the difference between the different branches of government and assess the role of each within the American governmental system.
Students explore the role of government in the economy market. In this economics lesson, students analyze the decision making and how it takes into consideration additional cost, benefits and public awareness of what they are trying to accomplish. They discuss marginal costs.
Learners compare and contrast the American system of government with that of Brazil. They research how the Brazilian govenment functions.
Students examine the role of the executive branch of the federal government and make educated judgments regarding its efficiency. They research the history of the Hoover Commission and the various reorganizations of the executive branch of the federal government.
Middle schoolers research the influences of the Roman Republic on our government today by identifying the ideas Americans took from the Ancient Romans. They design a persuasive advertisement extolling the republican form of government.
Students create, present, revise, and defend a Federal budget.
Students determine that air pollution control is caused by a combination of market incentives and government regulation. They realize that businesses exist to make profits for their owners and that governments make rules for individuals and businesses in order to establish minimum standards to protect society (human health and well being, ecology).
Students explore the debates over American slavery and the power of the American federal government for the first half of the 19th century and how the regional economies and political events produced a widening split between the states.
Fifth graders explore the tribal government of the Montana Indians. In this tribal government lesson, 5th graders, see how tribal governments work, and how they compare to federal and state governments. Students work in groups to write summaries of how laws are made and about the most important parts.
Discuss how the Federal Open Market Committee makes decisions concerning the use of federal funds. After that, identify monetary policy and goals. The functions of the Federal Reserve System are explained with data, charts, and background information. 
Examine the Federal Reserve System and how monetary policy effects various aspects of the US economics system. Here you'll find all the necessary data and background information to lead a lecture on the Federal Reserve. You'll also find web links and two activity ideas intended to help upper graders understand how financial policies are made.
In this Australian government worksheet, students respond to 25 short answer questions. Students may click on links to find the answers to the questions.
Students examine the role of Congressional committees. In this U.S. government lesson, students prepare and role play the a Congressional committee hearing simulation regarding an increase in the minimum wage.

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