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Explore the powers of the federal and state government. Learners use a Venn Diagram to classify tasks as belonging to the states, the federal government, or both. This activity provides a quick way to review these concepts.
Fifth graders focus on looking at the similarities and differences between local, state, and federal governments in North Carolina and the United States. They identify the three branches of government and explain how they function.
Students participate in a Socratic seminar to discuss and defend the importance of participating in representative government. They take a position on the importance of participating in government, and articulate views on participating in government.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars illustrate and provide explanations to accompany their metaphors.
Students examine the separation of powers that exist in the U.S. government. In this government lesson, students debate the positive attributes of separation of powers in the United States.
Students investigate and describe the various levels of government. They develop a list of the services provided by each level of government, and identify the needs not being met by the government.
Your class members have been selected by the president to help solve the budget crisis as part of a special deficit commission. After learning about fiscal policy, economic theories, and the federal budget through a detailed PowerPoint presentation, class members will simulate a press conference in which they will recommend cutting or reducing programs and/or increasing taxes. 
Students name and broadly classify the powers and duties of each level of executive government in Australia. They identify and examine areas of overlaid and cooperation between various executive levels. Students examine the nature of disaster relief decision making.
Students identify the structures of the federal government. They complete a diagram of the structures to show their relationships. They research the names of the major players on the structure, in particular, students own representatives.
Students develop an understanding of how federal revenues are gained by taxes. This foundation enable students to decipher changes in federal tax policy. Groups of students study different types of taxes and prepare presentations on each one.
With an actual balance sheet from the Federal Reserve (from 2007, before all of the "banking silliness" began to happen), Sal walks viewers through the assets, liabilities, and equity of the Fed. Pupils will be pleased to see how the theories they've studied in class apply directly to the Federal Reserve, and they will be able to put the process of federal banking into a strong context.
Students compare and contrast two Presidents and how viewed the government in times of difficulty. They examine what role each President handled the role of philanthropy during their years in office. They identify acts of philanthropy which could be completed in their area.
Pupils examine different ways people can participate in representative government. They create TV commercials that inform viewers how to get involved in representative government.
Students examine the pros and cons of state sovereignty vs. federalism, as argued by the Founding Fathers. They identify the basic positions of each side, complete a worksheet, and write a persuasive essay arguing for Jefferson or Hamilton.
Students examine how to balance the federal budget. In this American economics lesson, students read the provided article "Congress Debates Cutting the Budget." Students then collaborate in small groups to determine how to balance the budget and then respond to discussion questions about the experience.
Fifth graders investigate the connection between taxes and government services.  In this economics lesson plan, 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 the role of government in the economy market. For 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.
Students review primary documents concerning the War of 1812. Students read essays about President Madison's war policy and determine the climate of people's feelings about war during that period. Students review sections of the United States' Constitution to determine whether these arguments had merit.
Students examine the separation of powers in local and federal government. Using case studies, they review several instances of separation of powers. After reading the case studies, they write a brief opinion essays supporting their opinion on the separation of powers.
Eighth graders investigate the compromises that took place at the Constitutional Convention. In this U.S. government lesson, 8th graders "visit" the convention as they research and debate the issues that arose. Students journal about the activity.

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