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Civics Worksheet 2 - US Constitutional Government
Identify the features of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the US Government. Then define popular sovereignty, limited government, and separation of powers. Pupils are to answer each of the 5 questions completely at home and email answers to their instructor.
Challenge your students with this lesson on American government! Learners discuss the three branches of government and its responsilbities, and then go on to more complex critical-thinking activities. Students interview members of the local government, define what citizenship means, and create and publish a brochure on the responsibilities of a public official.
Can We Breathe Easier?
Pupils list the exclusive and shared powers of the state and national governments. They state the specific role of the national and state governments in enforcing environmental legislation.
What's in the Water?
Students examine the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Acts. Using the text, they identify examples of how the federal and state governments implement public policy. They discuss how citizens can make sure that all levels of government are enforcing the laws.
Online Worksheet - Government & Federation
For this Australian government worksheet, students respond to 25 short answer questions. Students may click on links to find the answers to the questions.
What Experiences Shaped the Founders' Thinking about Government?
Students 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. Students then study the experiences that led to the American Revolution.
City Government: Omaha, Nebraska
Students explore the function of local government. In this local government lesson, students discover how local government functions. Students participate in activities that require them to balance a city budget and provide services for citizens.
The Terminology of Governance
Students explore the parts of Canada's federal system of government. They construct a concept web using the terms related to government and the institutions of Canada. They make lists that relate to Canadian and American government.
Why Do We Have Governments?
Students discover what the government is supposed to do for the citizens of the United States. In this U.S. Government lesson, students discuss what they think the government is responsible for and what would happen if it didn't exist. Students create posters representing what government did for citizens in the past, and what it does today.
Civics Test for Citizenship: History and Government (51-100)
Use this presentation to help English learners prepare for their upcoming citizenship test. It includes questions 51-100 from the History and Government section of the exam (questions 1-50 can be found in a different presentation, linked below). Questions cover the Pledge of Allegiance, voting, taxes, and American history.
Why do we have Government?
Students become familiar with the vocabulary of Government. In this Government lesson, students understand the importance of having a Government. Students complete a wordmap and a wordsearch or crossword puzzle. Students investigate the jobs of Old Sturbridge village.
A City/Town Government Job Fair
Learners become familiar with the jobs of the people of Beverly in 1836. In this primary document instructional activity, students access prior knowledge of of the role of government. Learners dig deeper into the role of government. Students compare and contrast how the role of government changed from the 1800's. Learners discuss how jobs relate to the principle of the Preamble to the constitution.
Fourth graders recognize the need for governments of Saskatchewan Indian Tribes. In this government lesson, 4th graders understand the role of government in the development of Early Saskatchewa. Students create a flip book.
PUBLIC POLICY AND THE GOVERNMENT
Students analyze the pros and cons of public policies. They analyze how public policy issues are influenced by government actions (e.g., transportation, the environment). They research the elements and requirements of the environmental "self-audit" policy, taking notes especially on how it impacts (positively or negatively) other environmental public policies and the environment itself.
Government Spending - Earmarks
In this government spending - earmarks worksheet, students research this topic (there are many links listed), examine the issue, write a letter to their congressional representative or a local newspaper, make a video or analyze the earmarks for their community.
3 Branches of Government
Fifth graders explain the process of making and passing laws within Congress by simulating this as a class. They review the three branches of government and focus on the legislative branch for the purposes of creating a bill.
U.S. Government" Part 2
In this United States government worksheet, learners match vocabulary words to their definitions. Students match twelve words.
Banking 13: Open Market Operations
Posing a central question about how the economy can increase or decrease its money supply (5:00), Sal launches into a discussion about an expanding, or "elastic" money supply that can change along with its economy. Viewers will finally be able to understand how money can be "expensive" and how the process relates to the Federal Reserve Bank.
Century of Progress: Homework Packet
An entire packet of reading passages, critical thinking questions, graphic organizers, and web links is here for the taking. Here is a 12 page activity focused on document analysis, reading comprehension, and critical thinking, related to US government and politics during the 1800s.
Banking 15: More on the Fed Funds Rate
Going deeper into the concept of the Federal Funds Rate, this video guides viewers through the process of inter-bank lending, much like the previous video (Banking 14). Sal's easygoing approach is simple to understand and fun to watch.