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Students examine the legislative stucture at the federal and state levels. In this legislative branch lesson, students conduct research regarding the structure of the legislative branches at the federal and state levels. Students also watch a filmstrip pertaining to Congress.
In this government lesson, students are introduced democracy and the idea of checks and balances. In groups, students research one particular branch of government and record their findings on a graphic organizer. Students then complete a jigsaw activity, where the experts teach the other groups.
Students explore the role of Congress. In this legislative branch lesson, students examine how House and Senate members formulate policy. Students identify community issues and discuss how they can bring these issues to the attention of their Congressional representatives.
Ninth graders consider how the Bill of Rights impacts the lawmaking process in the United States. For this Bill of Rights lesson, 9th graders discuss the amendments and their limitations. Students research the role of the Legislative Branch and create presentations that feature their findings.
Fourth graders listen to a lecture about the government of Indiana, and the three branches of government. They discuss the reasons for the three branches and read from their text the information on government. Students play a game to practice identifying the purpose of each branch of Indiana's government.