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Congressional Committees and the Legislative Process
Students review stages of the legislative process, how committees help determine the outcome, and by deciding which bills the full Congress consider. They research committee assignments to consider why representation is important to the people
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 5 Views 24 Downloads
Same-Sex Marriage Legalized in New York
Same-sex marriage is the hot topic discussed in this New York Times article. Upper graders read the article and then answer eight comprehension questions. Note: This article is more about the Senate and legislation than about same-sex marriage.
9th - 11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 6 Downloads
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.
4th - 6th Language Arts 5 Views 80 Downloads
Follow the Leader
Here is a phenomenal instructional activity 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.
2nd - 3rd Social Studies & History 28 Views 140 Downloads
The Legislative Branch
Students examine the legislative stucture at the federal and state levels. For 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.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 14 Views 73 Downloads
Follow a Bill!
Students discover how a bill becomes a law. In this Legislative Branch lesson, students watch C-Span coverage of a bill making its way through the House and the Senate. Students use the provided worksheet to chart the progress of the bill.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 16 Downloads
The House of Representatives and the Senate
Young scholars explore the responsibilities of the House of Representatives and the Senate. In this Legislative Branch lesson, students define vocabulary regarding the branch's responsibilities, take notes on a video regarding the branch, and discuss the powers of the branch in a teacher-led discussion.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History 3 Views 18 Downloads
The Great State
What's the difference between a state and a United States senator? How does the process for passing a bill in a state legislature compare with that of the national government? Here is a resource that will help your learners to answer these questions and many more regarding the characteristics and structure of state government.
6th - 12th Language Arts 12 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Judges on Trial
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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 15 Views 45 Downloads
Lesson 5: Duties and Roles of the Supreme Court
Twelfth graders explore the role of the Judicial Branch. In this U.S. government instructional activity, 12th graders take notes on how the courts have changed over time and then become observers of the court's history as they create timelines that highlight the major changes.
12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 6 Downloads
Whose go the Power: Checks and Balances
After introducing the three branches of US government, test the class' understanding of government powers. They are asked a series of questions regarding a federal act and then, answer which branch has the power of decision making. Perfect for 5th grade!
5th - 6th Social Studies & History 3 Views 13 Downloads
New Review The Presidential Veto Power
Get into the nuts and bolts of a key element of the checks and balances system in the United States: the presidential veto. Not only will your class members learn about the mechanisms of the veto, but they will also review the major presidential vetoes in the history of the nation and conduct individual research on a president of their choice.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 9 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Battle Behind the Pumps - Exploring Supply & Demand
After considering the role that gasoline plays in our lives and our dependence on it as a society, learners participate in a reading activity discussing why the price of oil is increasing. They will then simulate being members of a committee that must review a bill to suspend a fuel tax, acting as special interest groups and legislators.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 20 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Road to Civil Rights
Here is a fantastic resource on the civil rights movement! It includes reading materials and worksheets, and particularly highlights major legislation and the role of the judicial branch in the federal government in addressing the violation of individual rights.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 49 Views 40 Downloads CCSS: Designed