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Representation: By State or by Population
Should representation in the new United States government be based on population? This instructional activity illustrates the details of this important quandary through an adaptation of speeches on the topic given at the Constitutional Convention.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 16 Views 17 Downloads
Running for Freedom: The FUgitive Slave law and the Coming of the Civil War
In order to understand the complicated nature of slave laws during the Civil War, learners compare and contrast an abolitionist poster and a runaway slave ad. They use an attached worksheet to consider each primary source document, then compose a written response that describes how people in the North and South resist slavery.
8th - 10th Social Studies & History 4 Views 25 Downloads
World Governments and Mapping Activity
Here you will find maps, great informational text, and vital information on political systems and government. The slide show provides material on democratic and nondemocratic systems of government as well as a map activity intended to show learners the location of each government type in the world.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 9 Views 52 Downloads
Government Spending: Why Do We Spend the Way We Do?
Students examine the categories for federal spending using the internet to locate them. They create a list of expenditures noting them as government purchases or transfer payments. They analyze the patterns of spending during the past 40 years.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 23 Downloads
The Role of Government
High schoolers are introduced to the economic roles of the federal government. Using the internet, they read information related to government spending and the actual dollar amounts attached to budget items. In groups, they develop their own budget for the government and compare them with the actual budget.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 22 Downloads
Functions of the Three Branches of Government
Students research the branches of government and write summaries about both the state and federal systems. After conducting reaserch in texts and online, students create Venn diagrams displaying the governmental functions of the three branches.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 16 Views 49 Downloads
Lesson Plan: Creating a Metaphor for the Three Branches of Government
Students create metaphors to represent the branches of government. In this U.S. Constitution lesson, students collaborate to write metaphors that appropriately represent the 3 branches of governments. Students illustrate and provide explanations to accompany their metaphors.
10th - 12th Language Arts 17 Views 134 Downloads
The Federalist Papers
Students identify the Articles of Confederation and explain why it failed. They explain the argument over the need for a bill of rights in the Constitution and James Madison's role in securing its adoption by first Congress. Finally, students describe the political philosophy underpinning the Constitution as specified in the Federalist Papers.
7th - 8th Language Arts 21 Views 118 Downloads
Where Did All the Money Go? The Great Depression Mystery
High schoolers read a passage about how the Great Depression happened and then gather clues to investigate the mystery. They determine the economic conditions of the country by looking at labor, income, unemployment, spending and public debt.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 15 Views 76 Downloads
To Pay a Price
Students explore online banking. In this online banking lesson, students discuss identity theft, direct deposit, encryption, and the Federal Reserve System. Students participate in a game show activity where students ask and answer questions about what they have learned.
5th - 8th Math 3 Views 29 Downloads
The President's Cabinet: Choosing the Right Person for the Job
Students examine the Federal Confirmation Process for filling cabinet members by completing a confirmation process flow chart. They research the process, and participate in a mock Confirmation Process.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History 9 Views 42 Downloads
We the People
Students create a map illustrating the three branches of goverment. They identify the branches of government and the shared or exclusive powers of each. Students use mapping as a prewriting stategy. They discuss our national government. Students are asked if they can name the three branches of national government and the historical origins of that structure.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 15 Views 59 Downloads
Monetary Policy Starts in Your Own Back Yard
Learners explore the Federal Reserve System. In this Economics lesson, students investigate the Fed’s role in formulating money policy through a simulation in which learners become members of the board of directors of a Reserve Bank. Students explore how the directors of Reserve Banks contribute to interest rate setting decisions.
10th - 11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 6 Downloads
Follow the Leader
Students examine the roles of national leaders and the three branches of government and their duties. They view and discuss the images on the South Dakota Quarter Reverse transparency, complete a worksheet, and create a mobile of the three branches.
2nd - 3rd Social Studies & History 5 Views 54 Downloads
A System of Rules
Students write letters, create models, create a photo display, and make charts about the rules that a state has. In this rules lesson plan, students learn about and make different displays of how states come up with rules, change them, and enforce them.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 4 Views 26 Downloads