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The President's Roles and Responsibilities: Understanding the President's Job
Learners 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.'
Comparing Governments - Local, State, And National
Fifth graders focus on looking at the similarities and differences between local, state, and federal governments in North Carolina and the United States. They identify the three branches of government and explain how they function.
Exercising Presidential Power
Students examine the powers of the president. They discover how his power can cause conflict between the different branches of government. They read a case study about how Bill Clinton has contributed to the common good.
How a Bill Becomes a Law: The Journey of a Bill
Students examine the legislative process at the federal and state levels. In this legislative branch lesson, students watch a video regarding the journey of a bill to become a law. Students discuss the process and use the provided rubric to create board games based on the legislative process.
Write As If...You Were There
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.
Design a State Seal
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.
Ohio's U.S. Presidents
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 instructional activity.
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.
Students determine the distances traveled by the members of the legislative branch of the US Government. In this travel distance instructional activity, students locate Washington, DC on a globe using the longitude and latitude of the city. They determine which legislator has the longest distance to travel before determining how far the representatives and senators from their home state have to travel.
Simulating Congressional Action in the Classroom
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.
Middle schoolers 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.
European Union Governance
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.
A Bill Becomes A Law
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.
Separation of Powers
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.
A Bill Becomes A Law
Students discover how a bill becomes a law. In 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.
How a Bill Becomes Law: The Case Of The Civil Rights Act of 1964
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.
A Supreme History of Conflict
Students 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.
Introduction to Representative Democracy
Students define democracy, representative government, republic, Congress, legislative, and citizen; identify the United States as having a representative democracy.
The Powers of Mom: Understanding the Legislative, Executive and Judicial Power
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.
Congressional Committees and the Legislative Process
High schoolers consider the importance and influence of congressional committees. They research congressional committee assignments, jurisdictions and responsibilities as illustrations of the basic principles of American federalism.