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I am looking to start a Government unit in 4th grade. Any one have any ideas/lesson plans on this topic that their kids have liked? I am kind of at a lose of where to start too...3 branches of government? Help!


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We study our state govt and do start with the 3 branches and their role. I have a song to help remember. One mini project is political sign making- done as a guessing what the person is running for based on clues on the sign without actually identifying them.
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Old 03-08-2012, 03:43 PM
 
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A diagram of a tree is often used to show the three branches. Students can list details of each branch on the diagram under the labeled branch.

I have also divided a 9 x 12 construction paper into thirds. Have given students a list of office/duties/branches. Students cut this list apart and practice sorting under the Leg, Exec, Jud branch titles. They can work in partners and the second partner checks the sorting with a correct list.

Divide class into small groups; give small poster paper; students draw pictures to show duties of a particular branch. Rest of class has to decide which branch is represented (with evidence from poster)
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:34 AM
 
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We did an activity about the state symbols where students were assigned a symbol and they had to reseach it. They were given a square pattern shape and they had to write the name of the symbol, an illustration, and interesting information about their symbol (how long it has been the symbol, how it became to be our symbol, etc). When they finished, I put them together in a quilt pattern and hung it on the wall. The students presented their symbols to the class and told everything they learned about it. They really loved this project.
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Who has the power?
Old 03-21-2012, 08:09 AM
 
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I have often thought what a great topic this would be for task cards, but I don't have the PowerPoint skill or the time right now to do it.

The answers could be: Supreme Court, Senate, House of Representatives, Congress, the President, the Cabinet, the citizens

Examples of questions:

Who Has the Power . . . (at the top of every card)
. . .to stop a bill that Congress has passed?
. . .to meet with leaders of other countries?
. . .to decide if a bill is constitutional?
. . .to get rid of a bad politician?
. . .to introduce a new bill?
. . .to make the final decision in all matters of law?
. . .to declare war?
. . .to raise taxes?
. . . to vote in elections?


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Icivics
Old 03-29-2012, 10:32 AM
 
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My school helped to pilot Icivics. It is a group of video games dealing with civics and government. The idea was created by Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
Check them out at www.icivics.org
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Suzeec....This is amazing. Thank you!!
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