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Eighth graders examine the three branches of government and the system of checks and balances.
In this Time For Kids:  branches of the U. S. Government and following directions worksheet, 6th graders read about the branches of government and answer 4 questions, then use the magazine to complete the graphic organizer.
Students explore the branches of government. For this U. S. Constitution lesson, students examine the system of checks and balances in the U.S. plan of government as they read the document and define vocabulary words.
Students identify three or more ways the Federal Government impacts their daily lives and then explore ways in which citizens can influence political leaders.
Fourth graders explore the origins of American government.
Students think about their personal ideas of government and discuss in groups. They create a poster collage of words, pictures, and quotes about government. They present their poster to the class.
Fifth graders compare and contrast national governments in North America and/or Central America. They summarize the similarities and differences of the governments. They access websites imbedded in this lesson plan to do their research.
Students examine the governance of natives in Canada. In this native studies lesson, students read handouts on the Iroquois and Huron Confederacies and then respond to discussion questions about the 2 governance systems.
In this Canadian geography worksheet, students read about how Canada developed and governs itself. Students take notes and answer 4 short answer comprehension questions as they read the selection.
Fifth graders discuss Potlatch and how the First Nation's government was handled where births, deaths, and marriages were recorded. In this government lesson plan, 5th graders watch a video, write in journals, and paint portraits.
What a great introduction to the Federal Reserve System in the United States! Here you'll find a detailed and organized video on the history, monetary policy, and structure of the Federal Reserve, as well as guidelines for putting class members into groups in order to report back on concepts they learn about while watching the video.
Students engage in a reading of a document in order to become familiar with the Federal Reserve of The United States in the interest of strengthening reading comprehension skills with the exposure to expository literature. They read the document and write a summary of it.
Young scholars 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.
Students examine announcements made by the Federal Reserve. Using data, they explain the decisions they have made and how they affect the economy. Using data, they analyze different trends in the past with the market. They answer questions and discuss them as a class to end the lesson.
Young scholars identify major sources of revenue for government spending and identify the type of tax that makes up the largest percentage of the federal budget. They are introduced to the major services provided by local, state and national governments and describes how these services are paid for.
High schoolers participate in a case study of the Federal Reserve System and Monetary Policy in January of 2003.
Students analyze the decisions by the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates. Using data and announcements, they develop reasons why the rate would be lowered and how it would affect spending and employment in the United States. Using monetary policy, they gain insight into the concept of macroeconomics.
Students read a case study about the Federal Reserve. Using the text, they identify the roles of the system and the effects of changing the federal funds rate. They identify issues surrounding new data announcements and review various historical trends. They answer questions to complete the instructional activity.
Students examine the decision by the Federal Open Market Committee to keep the federal funds rate target at 1.75 percent. Using the text, they examine the factors why they would not change the rate. They analyze the issues surrounding these types of announcements and research historical trends.
Students explain the difference between tribal, state and federal sovereignty. Using the internet, they read Supreme Court cases that focus on Native American law. They compare and contrast the view of the case from the Native Americans and the whites.

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