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Follow the Federal Open Market Committee announcements and newspapers to look for stories about the Federal Reserve actions that target interest rates and boost spending and employment in the United States. This lesson incorporates math, economics, and current events in a real world context.
Young analysts examine two letters, one written by President Hoover and one written by FDR. Each letter contains that president's response to the role of the Federal Government during times of crisis (The Great Depression). They analyze each letter with a Venn Diagram to compare different presidential views, then share their thoughts in a class discussion.
Students examine markets, international trade, and the role of government in international trade. After reviewing articles on the Governor of Nebraska's recent trade missions, they discuss in small groups their opinions of whether or not they believe government officials should be making these visits.
Third graders complete various activities pertaining to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veteran's Day. They conduct research and complete writing and art activities on the background of each federal holiday.
Students appreciate the contributions of every Province of Canada. They develop information links with fellow Canadians across the country. They focus on the dynamic interplay between the regions and the federal government.
Students investigate the role of government by examining the history of their hometown.  For this U.S. Government lesson, students complete a worksheet which asks questions about how lives in their community have been affected by the U.S. Government.  Students create a collage using words and images that represents and explains the concept of a government.
Use this thorough presentation to help your English Learners prepare for their citizenship. Covering questions 1-51 from a History and Government practice test, these slides could be a great resource for those who are working to become citizens. Questions range from the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the structure of American government.
Young scholars investigate the functions of the Federal Reserve System, which include providing financial services, supervising and regulating commercial banks to keep the banking/financial system sound and conducting monetary policy to keep the economy healthy. In the Federal Reserve lesson, students are divided into different groups (cash, check, loan, producer) and participate in a variety of activities to gain a better understanding of the Federal Reserve System.
Eleventh graders explore the term reapportionment.  In this American Government lesson, 11th graders read and answer questions about reapportioning an imaginary state.
Fourth graders research and analyze how people create and change structures of power, authority and government diversity. They review their civic responsibilities. In addition, they identity the major responsibilities of local, state, tribal and federal government with technology as the vehicle.
Seventh graders investigate the role of local governments. In this government lesson, 7th graders examine historical photographs and determine what services are being performed in the photographs. Students research how the services are provided now and write persuasive pieces.
Students explore the three branches of government. In this government and U.S. history lesson, students listen to a story about a boy who attempts to sponsor a bill to ban cartoons. Students interview three teachers who each represent one of the branches of government. Students share facts they discovered about the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.
Eighth graders explore the process of election. In this elections and government instructional activity, 8th graders complete a K-W-L chart and research the Internet to complete a fact sheet and report on to their peers. This instructional activity is day two of a two week unit. 
Students investigate the concept of a personal federal income tax. They conduct research and participate in class discussion in order to deal some of the issues. They include why there is an individual income tax and how the money is used. Also the structure of the tax is covered.
Students explore rights of their clients. In this constitutional law lesson, students play an online game that requires them to review individual cases in order to determine the rights their clients have.
Students become acquainted with the New Deal's Federal Theatre Project (FTP) and the rationale for its creation. They analyze primary source material regarding the relationship between art and propaganda.
Learners explore political parties by researching world history in class. In this Australian government instructional activity, students identify the term "federation" and discuss the elements of Australian politics. Learners analyze a map of Australia and create new political regions and share their reasons for doing so.
Students explore the role of state government. In this civics activity, students play an online game that requires them to consider the needs of state residents and the structure of state government.
Students explore democratic practices in China. In this global studies activity, students compare and contrast democratic values of the Chinese government with the American government. Students read provided articles and conduct their own research regarding the topic in order to write an expository essay.
Third graders study their local governments and leaders. In this local government lesson, 3rd graders learn facts about the local government and interview a local leader. Students complete a chart with information they know about their local government.

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