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Lead your class in a discussion about how they believe money influences politics. After reading "Go Ahead, Try to Stop K Street" from the New York Times, they evaluate the claims in the article about the current lobbyist scandal in Washington.
6th - 12th Language Arts 19 Views 188 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Grandpa' Fight and the U.S. Government
Students are given the United States Constitution, students generate a list on the board of Grandpa's constitutional rights that might help him keep his home and property. Students become "experts," by reading and group discussion, on the 3 branches of the U.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 81 Downloads
The Purpose of Government
Students describe the purpose of government. They explain how the purpose of government is reflected in the Preamble of the Constitution. They describe one way the United States government fulfills its responsibilities.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 50 Views 187 Downloads
When Should the U.S. Government Send Troops to Another Region of the World?
Introduce your class members to the Fortified Discussion, a discussion that uses precise, academic language and factual information to support a position on a controversial topic. After reading an annotated text that presents background information on the 9/11 attacks and on the Darfur conflict, pairs create a model for a fortified discussion of when the US should send troops to other countries.
7th - 10th Language Arts 15 Views 15 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
4-H Citizenship Activity Page - Beginning Level
This is a 4-H citizenship activity page set that asks learners to examine county government, city councils, the 3 branches of the United States government, and complete a community service project. This resource also includes a word search as well as directions for a mock election and a career scavenger hunt.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 16 Views 219 Downloads
How do state constitutions differ from that of the federal government in the United States? Here you'll find an informative reading and activities that will guide your class members through the process of comparing and contrasting direct segments of the US Constitution and a sample state constitution.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 29 Views 21 Downloads CCSS: Designed
True or False?: 3 Branches of U.S. Government
This true or false exercise covers basic knowledge about the branches of government. This worksheet is composed of 10 statements. Learners must determine if each statement is true or false. If it is false, they write in the correct answer. This would be a good way to see if your class is clear on the responsibilities of each branch of the government.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 50 Views 427 Downloads
New Review Lesson 3: Branches of Government
Young historians climb through the three branches of the US government in the third lesson of this five-part series. While reading the first three Articles of the Constitution in small groups, children write facts on paper leaves that are used to create a government tree display.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History 65 Views 36 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Teaching Six Big Ideas in the Constitution
Students debate the constitutional principles of the United States. In this U.S. government lesson, students examine the meaning of the text of the U.S. Constitution and analyze other primary documents of the era. Students prepare for and participate in a debate of current constitutional issues.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History 28 Views 216 Downloads
Individual Rights vs. The Greater Good Within the Scope of War
When, if ever, is the government justified in restricting individual rights? When, if ever, should the "greater good" trump individual rights? To prepare to discuss this hot-button topic, class members examine primary source documents, including Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Order 9066.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 107 Views 85 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review What Gives a Dollar Bill Its Value?
What makes a one hundred-dollar bill valuable? Here is an excellent, straight-forward animated video to help your learners grasp the concept of inflation and the purpose and policies of the Federal Reserve System.
4 mins 10th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download CCSS: Adaptable
How is Power Divided in the United States Government?
Need an introduction to the three branches of the United States government? Look no further! This video offers a basic breakdown of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, including their general makeup and designated responsibilities.
4 mins 7th - 12th Social Studies & History 89 Views 83 Downloads
Compromise is the Key
Eighth graders investigate the compromises that took place at the Constitutional Convention. In this U.S. government lesson, 8th graders "visit" the convention as they research and debate the issues that arose. Students journal about the activity.
8th Social Studies & History 11 Views 72 Downloads
Who's Ruling the Roost: Comparing and Contrasting the Types of Government
After reviewing the three branches of the United States government, pupils take a look at the similarities and differences between a variety of foreign countries' governments. Small groups use a Venn Diagram that has been loaded onto a computer program in order to organize the similarities and difference they find about the governments they were assigned.
5th Social Studies & History 30 Views 112 Downloads
The Called Themselves the K.K.K.; The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
How did Ku Klux Klan develop and flourish in the US? How did the government respond to acts of terrorism conducted by the KKK following the Civil War? How does the government respond to acts of terrorism today? This resource launches a study of terrorism and government response.
11th - 12th Social Studies & History 24 Views 123 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Lesson 2: The Constitution: Our Guiding Document
Explore the structure and content of the US Constitution in the second activity of this five-part social studies series. A collection of activities, games, and videos complement a class reading of a document summarizing the US Constitution, with students using their new knowledge to organize their class rules into a formal constitution.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History 80 Views 50 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Anatomy of the Constitution
According to the United States Constitution, which branch of government is responsible for printing money? Declaring war? Punishing pirates?! Also, what is the process for amending the Constitution? These are just some of the questions that your learners will investigate through the many activities and worksheets of this resource, which provides a comprehensive overview of the Constitution and its tenets.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 77 Views 67 Downloads CCSS: Designed
What philosophies and ideas helped to shape the foundation of the United States government? Here is an engaging role-playing activity where your young historians will have the opportunity to take on the persona of a famous philosopher and discuss their views on politics, society, and law, as well as through research and discussion gain a better understanding of how these individuals impacted the development of the United States government.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 4 Views 3 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Ellis Island
Split your class up into groups of five to practice a reader's theater script that relates to immigration and Ellis Island. The script includes information about the island, and some descriptions of vocabulary terms. Also provided are practice vocabulary sentences, response questions, and a sequencing activity.
4th - 6th Language Arts 14 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable