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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.
Students use federal government websites to study regulation and other economic terms.
Students identify the costs and benefits of government regulations. Using a market economy, they explore the reasons why the government intervenes with food safety and quality concerns. They examine the information on food labels and use them to make their decisions about which products to purchase.
Here is a hands-on activity where your class members will discover different ways to measure the government's financial situation and work to add data and redraw graphs in order to calculate the ratio of gross federal debt held by the public to GDP.
Students analyze how the outcome of the 2002 midterm elections changed the balance of power in the government. They write a news analysis and evaluation of how the nation be governed in the future.
Students examine federal powers. For this U.S. Constitution lesson, students explore the powers of Congress to coin money. Students also study the meaning of the symbols on U.S. coins.
What is the fiscal cliff, what does it imply, and why are some people fearful of it? This video uses President Obama's proposed budget proposal of 2013 and that of republicans to provide a context for understanding the fiscal cliff. The federal budget, GDP, and the Bush tax cuts are also breiefly reviewed by the presenter.
Students define terminology, name elected officials, and distinguish between the two chambers of Congress.  In this investigative lesson students create a diagram of the process that is followed when a bill becomes a law. 
Students work cooperatively in groups to present the specific needs of an assigned territory to a mock meeting of government officials in an attempt to amend an existing law.
Pupils read and discuss the census and how the census is used by the government. In this census lesson plan, students use the data collected to compare different census's and their outcomes.
What is the purpose of a city charter? What services do local governments provide to their citizens? Is there an ideal way for citizens to behave? Approach these often overlooked yet important questions with your class members by having them work in groups to design their own new cities.
Students role play a scenario that requires them to set up a government. For this government systems lesson, students collaborate in small heterogeneous groups to discuss, debate, and agree upon government structure they find acceptable. Students draft laws, duties, and constitutions for the governments.
High schoolers examine the role of the Senate. In this U.S. government lesson, students select current event issues, draft laws regarding them, and role play the research and debate of bills in the Senate.
Dig deeper into the financial crisis of 2008 in the United States and actions taken by the federal government, including the bailouts and purchase of institutions as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to bolster financial market conditions.
When, if ever, is the government justified in restricting individual rights? When, if ever, should the "greater good" trump individual rights? To prepare to discuss this hot-button topic, class members examine primary source documents, including Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Order 9066. After an extended controversial issue discussion of the questions, individuals present their own stance through an argumentative essay supported by evidence drawn from the documents.
Tenth graders analyze the causes of the Great Depression. They analyze the causes and the consequences of the Dust Bowl. Pupils examine how the Great Depression helped change the role of the federal government in the American economy. Students examine the change approach to the Depression from the early years of the Hover Administration through the Second New Deal.
Tenth graders examine the impact of the Great Depression on the United States. In groups, they use the internet to research the causes of the Great Depression and the effects of the Dust Bowl. To end the lesson, they compare and contrast the federal government's role before and after the Great Depression.
Have your class investigate the functions of the Federal Reserve Banks in this 29 page unit. They participate in a banking activity that explores the fractional reserve banking system. They identify the three basic functions of the Federal Reserve System and reflect on the validity of a dozen statements about the Federal Reserve.
Students examine the Federal Reserve System.  In this secondary economics lesson, students view a DVD titled In Plain English:  Making Sense of the Federal Reserve.  Students take notes and work in groups to review the information.  Students individually select a home-learning research project related to the Federal Reserve.
Young scholars research and prepare a persuasive paper on how federal courts should be constructed in a new country. In this Federal Court System lesson, students decide whether they should model a new country's federal courts after the US court system or create a new type of federal court system. Young scholars also demonstrate how power of the courts in this new country will be limited.

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