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Take your learners through a virtual tour of the US mint to learn about currency, and then discover the role of the Federal Reserve as the nation's central bank. Readings will also provide an overview of banks and lending, saving/investing, and the function of loaning.
Explore the structure and content of the US Constitution in the second lesson of this five-part social studies series. A collection of activities, games, and videos complement a class reading of a document summarizing the US Constitution, with students using their new knowledge to organize their class rules into a formal constitution.
What is the difference between federalism and nationalism and how did those differences shape the US Constitution? This is the focus of lecture five in a series on understanding the US Constitution. Centralized powers, the role of the federal government, and state government are all discussed in relation to the development and nature of the US government. Use as reference prior to teaching or at an independent workstation along side a guided-listening worksheet.
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.
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 instructional activity, 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. In 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.
Students 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.

New Review Create a City

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. In 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.
Young scholars 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.
Use April 15th to teach your students the fundamentals of the American federal tax system.

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