State and Local Governments Teacher Resources
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Making a Constitutional Government
Fourth graders examine the main ideas expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. They consider the relationship between the two documents and how different functions of government are interdependent.
Seals: From the National To the Local
Third graders investigate official government symbols by completing a scavenger hunt. In this U.S. Government lesson, 3rd graders participate in a scavenger hunt in which they locate seals or logos in their community. Students participate in a class discussion examining seals and create a unique seal for their own school.
Challenge your young scholars with this lesson on American government! Learners discuss the three branches of government and its responsilbities, and then go on to more complex critical-thinking activities. Students interview members of the local government, define what citizenship means, and create and publish a brochure on the responsibilities of a public official.
Fifth graders research American landmarks and symbols. In this United States history lesson, 5th graders create a KWL chart about the symbols of America and take notes during a PowerPoint presentation. Students complete the rest of the KWL chart by using their notes from the presentation.
New! American Government: Does a State Have the Legal/Constitutional Right to Secede from the Union?
Are states prohibited or permitted by the wording of the Constitution to leave the Union? After analyzing the decisions of selected Supreme Court cases and other primary source documents, spark discussion and debate with your class on this fascinating topic.
Using the newspaper to learn about state and local government
Learners investigate the purposes of state and local government. They categorize newspaper articles into state and local issues. Pupils summarize nonfiction text. Students given an oral presentation on a news report to the class.
Twelfth graders create flyers describing the services offered by local government agencies or volunteer organizations. They contact agencies or institutions, read authentic documents, and gather information to develop their flyers.
Know Your Local Government
Students explore their local govenment structure and the people who hold various positions of power.
We Are The People
Students describe the conditions under which the Constitution was written. They explain the purpose of the first three articles of the Constitution. They represent the three branches of government through a graphic organizer. They identify his/her state senator, governor and local representative and describe how they contribute to the common good.
City, County, Community
Students explore issues and situations that make for a city and its local environments. For this local government lesson, students design maps, define issues and create brochures that illustrate their understandings of these concepts and how local government works to solve these issues.
Defined: The Different Types of Government
The world is a big place, so it only stands to reason that different forms of government exist. Democracy, autocracy, oligarch, monarch, and dictatorship are all defined. An extensive explanation of US government system is also included. You can learn a lot from a slide show!
Branches of Government
Fourth graders explore the three branches of government.
Governmental Responsibilities: Community, Tribal, State, Federal
Fourth graders examine the American legal system by defining government vocabulary terms. In this U.S. Government lesson, 4th graders discuss sovereignty, and how it has been taken away from many Native American tribes. Students compare and contrast the government of Montana, Tribes and the United States.
Seals; From the National to the Local
Students investigate symbols of the United States by drawing a school seal. In this government lesson, students analyze different symbols representative of towns, cities and states, and discuss the ideas with their classmates. Students create a school seal utilizing the symbols and geography of the school.
Exploring the Federal Government on the Internet--Investigating Cause and Effect Relationships in Reading Passages
Students search the internet to research information about the government. Students locate local, state, and federal homepages to gain access to other agencies and departments. Students write sentences about facts they have found. Students read about and discuss cause and effect relationships in the real world. Students continue by researching the same things on newspaper, newswire, and television websites.
Federalism: The Nation and The States
Twelfth graders discuss the division of powers between national and state governments. Groups create a PowerPoint slide representing one of the 3 types of powers.
What Is Government?
Pupils investigate and describe the various levels of government. They develop a list of the services provided by each level of government, and identify the needs not being met by the government.
The Federalist Debates: Balancing Power Between State and Federal Governments
Students explain the basic positions of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. They chart the differences and similarities between state and federal governments. They write a persuasive essay in response to an open-ended question.
Government Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan 2
Learners explore the structure and powers of the federal government. They assess the validity of recent criticisms of each branch of the federal government and create pyramid posters which simulate the structure of government.
President Obama's State of the Union Address 2011
Young scholars pretend they are journalists and have to write 10 questions to ask the President at the State of the Union Address. In this State of the Union Address lesson plan, students then watch the Address and write letters to the President.