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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.
Statehouse: Fact or Fiction
Fourth graders determine whether or not statements about the Ohio statehouse are true or false. They examine the stories behind the myths about it. including one about the ghost of Abraham Lincoln.
Write a Constitution
Fourth graders examine the United states Constitution and discuss the difficulties the framers faced in writing it. They explore ideas about the division of power, rights, and other topics contained in it.
Capitol vs. Capital
Students construct time lines to show the order of significant events in Ohio history. They explain how Ohio progressed from territory to statehood.
Eighth graders analyze the purposes of government. They examine or assess the importance of citizenship to the individual or to society at large (e.g., the importance of voting). Students explain the structure and functions of the three branches of the federal government.
The Panama Canal Treaties: How Treaties Are Ratified
Students gain an understanding of how the executive and legislative branches, influenced by popular opinion, work toward the ratification of a treaty. They examine the influences and impact of lobbying and special interests in the legislative process.
Students analyze and summaries the Federalist arguments for the ratification of the Constitution using the Federalist Papers. They analyze and summarize the Anti-Federalist arguments against the ratification of the Constitution.
Hopi Tribal Council
Focusing on the differences between traditional Hopi government and the Hopi Tribal Council, this resource is a good addition to your unit on Native American culture. Learners conduct Internet research, analyze primary source photos, and construct a chart. They then engage in class discussion, write a paper, and create a political cartoon. Think about developing this lesson into a unit that could span several days.
How government Works
Students read to understand the process of lawmaking. In this lawmaking lesson, students define vocabulary and create an organizer showing the law making process. Students role play the various people involved in the lawmaking process.
Separation of Powers: Connecting the Separate Powers
Students study the concept of separation of powers. They recognize how the Constitution provides for separation of powers and categorize public officials into one of three branches of government. Students do a role play and see if they hear anything out of the ordinary.
The US Constitution in My Classroom
Fourth graders research the government. In this governement lesson, 4th graders participate in 11 days of lessons related to the branches of the government, laws, the constitution and more. This lesson contains videos, rubrics, worksheets, and more.
Structure of Congress
Students examine the structure of Congress. They identify the roles of the Democratic and Republician parties and their leaders. They role play the role of congressmen and pretend to pass new legislation.
Regents Review Worksheet #1: Principles of the U.S. Constitution
Kids who take the Regents Exam really need to know a lot of information. This is a wonderful exam review tool that includes 26 pages of questions, charts, and suggested readings to help upper graders pass the test. It focuses on all aspects of the US Government including, the three branches, powers, separation of powers, the Amendments, case studies, checks and balances, rights, and judicial process. This could also be used a guide to teaching a unit on the US government.
A Duck's Bill on Capitol Hill?
Use a list of environmentally related words to engage learners in a discussion about ecosystem conservation legislation. As a class, read "Aware of Political Ecosystem, Property Rights Advocate Embraces Conservation Plan." Then, present the class with the list of quotations provided, and have them choose the one that summarizes the article the best. Vocabulary, further discussion questions, and interdisciplinary connections are provided.
The Role of the Executive Branch in the Lawmaking Process
Students examine Article I, Section 7, and Article II, Sections 2 and 3, of the U.S. Constitution, explain the president's role in the lawmaking process, and define the term veto.
In this U.S. branches of government worksheet, students respond to 15 fill in the blank questions regarding the powers of the legislative branch of government.
I Civics: Legislative Branch
Students explore the role of Congressional members. In this legislative branch lesson, students play an online game that requires them to consider the needs of their constituents prior to sponsoring bills in Congress.
Utah's Judicial Branch
Seventh graders explain that the judicial branch of Utah's government interprets laws and reviews the consitutionality of laws.
3 Branches of Governement
Sixth graders use the "Making the Grade" books, citizenship packets, and the "Ben's Guide" website to create a poster and a report on their assigned government branch. They then present their poster and report to their classmates.
Separation of Powers Between the Three Branches of Government
Students explain the concept of the three branches of government. By understanding the development of the these branches students better explain the decision making process by which our government lives.