State and Local Governments Teacher Resources
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Students create an edible map. In this civics and geography lesson, students research their town's features and local government. Students work in groups to design and create a physical map of their town based on research.
New! Jim Crow
Who was Jim Crow? How did state and local governments restrict the freedoms and rights of African Americans? As you hold up a series of documents illustrating racial discrimination, your class members will identify rights that were restricted and will gain a better understanding of the types of legislation that segregated African Americans between 1860 and the 1960s.
Students prepare visual presentations to compare and contrast the levels of government. In this levels of lesson, students complete a project and then worksheets on the levels of student government.
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.
In this review of United States government worksheet, 5th graders recall facts and answer multiple choice questions. Students answer 25 questions.
Challenge your students 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.
Twelfth graders analyze how local government works as they participate in a simulation. In this local government lesson plan, 12th graders role play the parts of community members and political leaders as they simulate a town council meeting. Students debate a local issue pertaining to banning motorized rentals on a local lake and analyze solutions to the issue.
Assuming the roles of city council members or special interest groups, your young learners will simulate a situation in which they must decide how to spend an $800,000 grant allocated for local environmental improvements. They will discover the roles of city council members and how their decisions directly or indirectly affect local government.
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.
Middle schoolers discuss their role in their local government. Individually, they use various types of media to examine and take a position on a topic important to them. To introduce their position, they write a letter to the Board of Supervisors in Farifax County.
Fourth graders examine the American legal system by defining government vocabulary terms. For 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.
Learners 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. Learners create a school seal utilizing the symbols and geography of the school.
Learners 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 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.
High schoolers 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.
Fourth graders rotate through centers to become familiar with the three branches of government. They examine the responsibilities of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of state and local government. Students analyze the choices and opportunity cost involved in economic decisions.
Students identify Fairfax County government as council-manager government, describe term of office held by members of Board of Supervisors and districts they represent, how Chairman of Board of Supervisors is elected and term and prerogatives of office, and how County Executive is appointed and length of term of office. Students then identify current authority and responsibility of Board of Supervisors and County Executive.