Founding Fathers Teacher Resources
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Eighth graders examine the three branches of government and the system of checks and balances.
Students complete a number of activities about inventors and inventions. They compete in an invent a pizza contest, after researching the inventions of Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and the Wright Brothers.
Students create and perform a skit that demonstrates the historical period and foriegn policy of a particular president. They first complete a diagram of George Washington's presidency as a class and then form small groups to research another president.
Students research the lifestyle of people living in different states and regions. In this social studies lesson, students research an assigned state and create a timeline from the 1800s to 1900s.
Students discuss the multiple meanings of the terms republic and democracy. They write reports in which they compare and contrast the Roman system of government during the periods 510-264 B.C. with the system of government currently in practice at the national level in the United States. Students are explained that in the years leading up to the period they are examining.
Pupils view a picture of people working at Pope's Creek Plantation and write about the picture for 15 minutes. They share their writing with the class. They either visit or research George Washington's Monument and compare themselves to George Washington.