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Although this legislative process lesson is designed to accompany a specific text, it is valuable independently. Young learners participate in a picture walk (worksheet included) through My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C. During an interactive read-aloud, they examine how a bill becomes a law. They compare the story to what they find in their text, using a graphic organizer (included). Reading and writing activities offer deeper coverage.
Students investigate their elected officials and their roles. In this governmental leadership instructional activity, students discuss the Constitution and research their elected officials. They also organize the information they find regarding the three branches of government.
Learners identify the three branches of the federal government and their role in our government. They identify important events and accomplishments in the life of one president of the United States. Students identify the major national issues and events faced by the president and evaluate an event in the president's administration that showed the system of checks and balances at work.
Fifth graders use the Internet for research. In this government instructional activity, 5th graders watch a power point presentation on the three branches of government and then work in groups to make a poster for each branch. Students use the Internet to gather information on the three branches.