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Challenge your students with this instructional activity 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.
Students know the name of the mayor of their city, recognize the names of their assembly/city council members, and attend at least one assembly meeting.
Students examine the use of tax incentives by local governments to solve economic or environmental problems. Using the incentives, they evaluate the costs and benefits of each. They use the internet to answer questions at the end of the lesson.
Eleventh graders discuss Salt Lake City ordinances from the early 1860's, which leads to drafting ordinances to present to local government.
Fifth graders research American landmarks and symbols. For 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.
Fourth graders explore the three branches of government.
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.
Students investigate symbols of the United States by drawing a school seal.  In this government lesson plan, 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.
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.
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.
High schoolers 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.
Students 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.
Students compare and contrast two Presidents and how viewed the government in times of difficulty. They examine what role each President handled the role of philanthropy during their years in office. They identify acts of philanthropy which could be completed in their area.
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.
Eleventh graders explore the different types of governments in society.  In this US Government lesson plan students, create a list of the different types of local, national, and state governments. Students compare how authority is divided in these different types of government. 
Fifth graders identify several features that effect a given area in a state they have selected. They research natural resources, geographical features, and local governments. They present an oral and written report sharing the information they gathered.
This thorough resource helps government and economics classes understand the complexity of city planning by giving them the responsibility to plan a budget and then propose cuts in a mock city council meeting. It includes background information, an introductory activity to increase relevance, key vocabulary, and two additional activities along with all of the necessary worksheets. While this was intended for residents of Omaha, it is adaptable to any location. Includes standards and a rubric.
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.
Students examine the various roles and duties of state government officials and offices to create an Informative Guide to Our State's Government. They explore the changing relationship between governor and lieutenant governor in New York.
Here is a super short quiz you can use after reviewing local governments and community organizations. There are five multiple choice questions and five matching questions all related to community groups and government. 

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