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What Does Local Government Do?
Third graders cut out pictures to create a scene of their hometown and draw in examples of local government in action. They share their drawings with classmates.
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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...
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
What Basic Ideas Are in the Preamble to the Constitution?
Introduce young historians to the US Constitution with this upper-elementary social studies lesson plan. Beginning with a general discussion about the role of government in society, learners go on to work in small groups identifying and...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Oral Histories and Everyday Heros
Scholars learn about September 11th, the day the World Trade Center was attacked, with the help of primary sources. As pupils listen to a first-hand account from survivor, Tom Canavan, they pinpoint character traits that make him a hero...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
What Is Authority?
Young scholars examine the concepts of power and authority as they begin learning about government in this elementary social studies lesson. Through a series of readings, discussions, and problem solving activities, children learn about...
1st - 5th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
How Do Citizens Make Government Work?
Examine the basic functions of each level of government. A great activity where your students take a walk around the neighborhood and identify what is taken care of by local government agencies They explore various websites, and prepare...
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History