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Fourth graders use their imagination to create a story about being present when the Great Seal of Ohio was designed. They draw a picture of the Great Seal of Ohio.
Fourth graders examine the meanings of symbols on the Ohio state Seal. They create their own personal seals which include three items about themselves. They write explanations about their seals.
Fourth graders investigate the state of Ohio's claim to be the "Mother of Presidents." Nine U.S. presidents were from the state and their contributions and terms of office are examined in this lesson.
Fourth graders research services and responsibilities of local government. They use cameras to take pictures of local government in action and create posters with them.
Have learners try their hands at an online quiz. There are 32 multiple choice questions all related to the three branches of the US government. Questions regarding US economics are also included. 
Seventh graders study the congressional system in the United States.  In this American Government lesson, 7th graders participate in informal negotiations with fellow student-legislators in order to get legislation passed.
Students examine the roles and responsibilites of the president of the U.S. They identify and discuss the three branches of U.S. government, view and discuss a White House Photo essay online, and create a class book entitled, 'If I Were President.'
Students are taught that there is more to executive branch of the federal government than the president and cabinet. They identify in pairs the names and fucntions of different departments under the executive branch of federal governemnt. Studnets work together to complete a flow chart of the different parts of the executive branch of the federal government.
Students explore the structure of European Union (EU) governance. In this EU lesson, students research EU geography, member countries, and commission attributes. Students also listen to a lecture regarding the EU legislative process and compare it the U.S. legislative branch of goverment.
Students discover how a bill becomes a law. In this Legislative Branch lesson, students simulate a bill making its way through the House and the Senate. Students author their own bills in this simulation.
Students discover how a bill becomes a law. For this Legislative Branch lesson, students discuss how a bill makes its way through the House and the Senate. Students author their own bills as well.
Eighth graders research the three branches of government and examine the effect that the separation of powers has on the presidency. They explain the importance of the rule of law in establishing limits on both those who govern and the governed.
Students examine how Congress makes laws and what the role of congressional committees is in this process. This help them explain key concepts associated with the legislative process such as filibuster, cloture, bipartisan, petition, and lobbying.
Young scholars read U.S. News & World Report article that discusses history of Supreme Court and confirmation battles that have occurred between executive and legislative branches. Students explore which Senate Committee must consider Supreme Court nominations, and what characteristics the Senate looks for in a Supreme Court justice.
Learners define democracy, representative government, republic, Congress, legislative, and citizen; identify the United States as having a representative democracy.
Fourth graders construct timelines of historic Ohio events and explain how it progressed from territory to state. They locate points of interest on a state map.
High schoolers use the Internet to research the veto and override processes as outlined in the U.S. Constitution. They investigate the history of veto and override and factors that have influenced their usage.
Middle schoolers examine the structure of government in Texas and the United States. In groups, they compare and contrast the two while discovering the three different branches of government. With a partner, they play a game in which they hold up the correct flag for the criteria given to them.
Students research the purpose and history of the State of the Union Address. They identify the elements of an effective State of the Union Address and recognize its influence in setting the congressional agenda.
Fourth graders gain an appreciation of knowledge about recent history by interviewing senior citizens. They summarize their interviews and organize them into a written presentation.