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Rule of Law
Don't just talk about the rule of law and the importance of protecting individual rights and preserving the common good, have your class members experience it by acting in skits! Then follow the activity with several corresponding worksheets designed to debrief the experience and make direct connections to the United States Constitution.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 28 Views 25 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Principles of the US Constitution
After breaking into groups according to major principles of government (i.e. popular sovereignty, separation of powers, checks and balances, etc.) in the United States, your class members will produce public service announcements outlining their assigned principles, and consider which principle is most important to the Constitution.
10th - 11th Social Studies & History 59 Views 48 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Wanted: A Just Right Government
What type of government did American colonists gain and seek after gaining their independence after the Revolutionary War? Here is lesson that will guide your young learners through the new nation's progression from the Articles of Confederation to the creation of the United States Constitution.
6th - 11th Social Studies & History 63 Views 48 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review The Constitution of the United States
Engage elementary school children in learning about the US Constitution with this collection of worksheets and printable activities. From reading and writing the Preamble to playing a Constitution Trivia game, this resource offers numerous opportunities for children to better understand this important historical document.
5 mins K - 6th Social Studies & History 83 Views 71 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The Battle Behind the Pumps
Why is the price of oil increasing, how does this affect the price of gas, and how does this relate to the economic concept of supply and demand? After reading and completing preliminary worksheets on this topic, your class members will conduct a simulation acting as special interest groups who are debating the prospects of a bill in the House of Representatives to suspend the state fuel tax for 90 days.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 14 Views 10 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Checks and Balances
Eleventh graders explain the structure and function of the United States government established by the Constitution. They set up a make-believe scenario: the 3 volunteers have been friends for a long time and have formed a club (the government).
11th Social Studies & History 6 Views 28 Downloads
Lesson 2: The Tired King
Students are introduced to the three functions of government (legislative, judicial, and executive). They read and discuss a story about an overworked king who must handle all the tasks of government. Students give a description of the three functions of government.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 21 Views 35 Downloads
Why Do Governments Exist? Locke, Hobbes, Montesquieu, and Rousseau
Here is a great secondary source reading that includes the primary ideas and philosophies of the famed Enlightenment philosophers: Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Charles Montesquieu, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. In additional to discussing major events in each of these philosophers' lives, the handout summarizes their primary arguments regarding the role of government and the rights of individuals.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 133 Views 126 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
The President's Cabinet: Choosing the Right Person for the Job
Students examine the Federal Confirmation Process for filling cabinet members by completing a confirmation process flow chart. They research the process, and participate in a mock Confirmation Process.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History 9 Views 42 Downloads
Fourth graders, after studying the three branches of state government and gathering together a variety of art materials, create a mobile explaining all three branches of the government. They display their mobiles inside the classroom for all to observe.
4th Social Studies & History 4 Views 18 Downloads
Why Do We Have a House and Senate, Anyway?
Why does the United States have a bicameral voting system? Through role playing as either advocates for or against a cell phone policy in school, your learners will organize, vote, compromise, and experience first-hand the benefits of a two-chamber Congress.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 7 Downloads CCSS: Designed
TE Activity: Pollution Politics
Young scholars examine how a bill becomes a law in the US Congress. They investigate legislation about global warming. They determine the role of engineers as they educate Congress, the public and other government institutions about global warming.
4th - 6th Technology & Engineering 3 Views 2 Downloads
Separation of Powers
Students examine the roles of each of the branches of U.S. government. In this checks and balances lesson, students watch Discovery video segments and discuss the concept of federalism as they create a school-wide policy for government which affords specific powers to individual classrooms.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 26 Views 125 Downloads
Voting in Congress
In a role-play activity acting as members of either the Senate or House of Representatives, class members will vote on bills to halt mail delivery on Saturdays in the United States and to raise the minimum wage. Through an included voting guide, worksheets, and optional presentation, your learners will understand four major factors that affect representatives in their voting process.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 7 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Congress and Gay Marriage
Explore Congressional debate and the legality of gay marriage. The class will examine the history of the debate in Congress and explore how Congressional members balance their personal opinions of issues with the views and needs of their constituents.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 8 Downloads
Indiana Courts: How Do They Work?
Students identify the branches of Indiana's judicial system and determine the differences between the different courts and different types of cases. Students create a flow chart showing how a court case works its way through the legal system and determine which court would deal with a particular case.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 4 Downloads
The Articles of the Confederation
Primary historical sources can be a challenge for some readers, so these seven guided-reading questions will be very useful to US History or Government classes studying The Articles of Confederation. Each question has multiple parts and demands critical thinking.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 36 Views 102 Downloads
The President's Roles and Responsibilities: Communicating with the President
Students examine the roles and responsibilities of the U.S. president and their own roles as citizens of a democracy. They explore various websites, listen to a State of the Union address, and write a letter to the President of the United States.
K - 2nd Social Studies & History 14 Views 74 Downloads