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Federalism and the Division of Power US Civics
Students examine current events to identify levels of power in government. For this federalism lesson, students define federalism by writing examples and drawing a graphic. Students write lecture notes and determine which examples belong to each topic.
Examine Your State Government's Demographics
Students research the demographics of their state government. In this state government lesson, students identify resource inequities and compare the US to other nations. Students make their own quiz and answer sheet to organize their data.
Branches of Government
Fourth graders work in groups to research the branches of government and create a presentation to share with the class. In this branches of government lesson, 4th graders choose one of nine activities related issue of the banning of cartoons.
Checks and Balances: Safe Harbor
Train young political analysts by following the plans outlined here. After reviewing the three branches of the government, small groups analyze the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004, identify instances of checks and balances, and write their own bill about public policy and media. The bill is a complicated text, and while there is a jigsaw activity built in, more scaffolding might be necessary. Handouts and assignment sheets are all included in the file. The lesson plan is part of a larger unit plan; check out the rest of the lessons on the Take the Challenge website.
The Historical Audacity of the Louisiana Purchase
In order to double the size of the country and make what would become the greatest real estate deal in the history of the United States, Thomas Jefferson had to set aside his beliefs in small government and his strict constructionist vision of the Constitution. Use this video to review the events leading up to, and the actual acquisition of land in the Louisiana Purchase with your class. Then, begin a discussion on the liberties the national government took in order to lay a firm foundation for the growing nation.
The U.S. Constitution Power Grab Game
Young scholars examine the three branches of our federal government. Several activities are described. The culminating activity is the "Power Grab Game" given before the final test on the Constitution Unit.
The U.S. Constitution: Backbone of America
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.
Separation of Powers
Students examine the roles of each of the branches of U.S. government. In this checks and balances lesson plan, students watch Discovery video segments and discuss the concept of federalism as they create a school-wide policy for government which affords specific powers to individual classrooms.
Full Court Press
Students investigate the Supreme Court's role and function in the federal government and examine how Chief Justice Rehnquist's illness might affect the future of the Court. They write letters to President Bush on the Supreme Court justice appointment.
Are We the People?
Students investigate their elected officials and their roles. In this governmental leadership lesson plan, students discuss the Constitution and research their elected officials. They also organize the information they find regarding the three branches of government.
The U.S. Constitution and Disability Laws
Students examine the United States Constitution for laws that protect people with disabilities. They discover how the education system provides equal education to all students and how the Federal Government makes sure this is occuring.
The Role of the Judiciary in a System of Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances
Students determine the difference between the different branches of government and assess the role of each within the American governmental system.
Teaching Six Big Ideas in the Constitution
Students debate the constitutional principles of the United States. For this U.S. government lesson, students examine the meaning of the text of the U.S. Constitution and analyze other primary documents of the era. Students prepare for and participate in a debate of current constitutional issues.
Market Structure and Competition
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.
Primary Documents: The President and African Americans
Young scholars examine the efforts of the federal government to address discrimination in the U.S. before and after WWII. They read and discuss two executive orders, complete a worksheet, and answer discussion questions.
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.
Fourth Grade Social Studies
In this social studies worksheet, 4th graders complete multiple choice questions about the climate, landforms, regions, government, and more. Students complete 25 multiple choice questions.
4-H Citizenship Activity Page
In order to understand how our government works, students need to delve into the intricacies at both the local and federal level. Using this 20 question activity learners explore how government affects their daily life.
4-H Citizenship Activity Page - Beginning Level
This is a 4-H citizenship activity page set that asks learners to examine county government, city councils, the 3 branches of the United States government, and complete a community service project. This resource also includes a word search as well as directions for a mock election and a career scavenger hunt. While this is put together specifically for 4-H, it could be adapted for classroom use.
Lessons from the Roman Republic
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.