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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. S. Governement. Students teach each other from other groups what they have found out. They are given a quiz where they should correctly answer 8 of 9 questions about the U.S. government.
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. They participate in a fishbowl discussion about lobbying practices and reform. To finish, they write letters to Congress expressing their opinions.
Students debate the constitutional principles of the United States. For 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.
Students discover the three branches of the United States Government. In this division of power lesson, students research the duties of each branch of government and complete activities. Lessons are provided for grades K-3, 4-7, and 8-12 to ensure that presentation is developmentally appropriate.
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. While this is put together specifically for 4-H, it could be adapted for classroom use.
Sixth graders complete a Venn Diagram. In this government comparison lesson, 6th graders discuss how rules are similar and different at home, school and in their community. Students learn about the type and structure of the United States government. Students complete a Venn Diagram comparing the U.S. government to that of Ancient Greece.
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. Use it as a homework assignment or exit slip.