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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.
Young scholars consider Senate leadership by examining specific positions and staging a mock legislative session. They write reflective essays considering the inner workings of the Senate.
Students investigate how different branches of government affect or aid the appointment of a Supreme Court justice nominee and the responsibilities of a judge. They, in groups, focus their research on a branch of government and present to the class.
Students describe the conditions under which the Constitution was written. They explain the purpose of the first three articles of the Constitution. They represent the three branches of government through a graphic organizer. They identify his/her state senator, governor and local representative and describe how they contribute to the common good.
Here is a phenomenal lesson on the three branches of government for your second and third-graders. It presents this often-confusing information in an easy-to-understand format. Many excellent activities and worksheets are embedded in the plan, including coloring in the reverse side of the South Dakota State Quarter and identifying the four famous faces on Mt. Rushmore.
Students investigate the US government. In this US government lesson, students research the branches of government. Students create a game show with answers and questions. Students make posters for each of the three branches of government.
Tenth graders examine the powers of each branch of the government. They analyze the causes and effects of relationships within the government. They participate in activities to help them comprehend the material.
In this social studies worksheet, 4th graders complete multiple choice questions about the climate, landforms, regions, government, and more. Students complete 25 multiple choice questions.
Students determine the role of each branch of government in a system of checks and balances. They demonstrate the role of the judiciary in American government
Students examine the roles of national leaders and the three branches of government and their duties. They view and discuss the images on the South Dakota Quarter Reverse transparency, complete a worksheet, and create a mobile of the three branches.
Students investigate their elected officials and their roles. In this governmental leadership lesson, students discuss the Constitution and research their elected officials. They also organize the information they find regarding the three branches of government.
Students 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.
Eighth graders categorize government responsibilities. In this government lesson, 8th graders analyze the provided handouts and complete worksheets about the branches of government that exist in the United States and West Virginia Constitutions.
Fourth graders create a time capsule that is representative of their community. They explain why the chosen objects are representative of themselves or their community.
What better way to review the development of American government, than with a game? Play a Millionaire-style game to review topics like, the Bill of Rights, the branches of government, the Articles of Confederation, and federalism. Fifteen fun questions and answers await!
Students participate in a mock Congress simulation. In this legislative branch lesson, students explore the concept of seniority as well as Congressional committee functions as they participate in a classroom simulation.
Students read, discuss and analyze the New York Times article "In Wartime, Who Has the Power?" and relate the article to the Constitution. They then brainstorm how the president and Congress make decisions about the war in Iraq and write letters to their representatives expressing their opinions on the issues.
Young scholars examine the role of lobbyists in Washington, D.C.  In this Legislative Branch lesson, students watch video segments and read excerpts about lobbying. Young scholars write essays that explore the pros and cons of lobbying.
Students explore Lincoln's Reconstruction plan. In this Reconstruction lesson, students examine Lincoln's speeches and writings on bringing the country back together following the war.
Quickly review of facts relating to U.S. History in this "Baseball Challenge" presentation. The information presented relates to branches of government, the Vietnam War, WWII, and other key events.