This activity is designed to reinforce the congressional bill to law process. After learning the steps in which Congress passes a law, this activity will help students put it all together by walking through the steps to pass a fictional gun control act. The activity comes in two versions- standard and advanced. The advanced version includes 15 steps, from identifying the problem, to committee action, to floor action, to the conference committee, etc. Students must work together to identify the correct order. The standard version maintains the same basic process, but is condensed into 12 steps with the 1st and last steps pre-filled on the activity sheet. You can choose the version that is right for your classes. This activity can also be used as an informal assessment to see how well students are learning the bill to law process. I usually make this a competition and the first team to identify the correct order gets some kind of a reward. If you find your students are struggling to identify the steps, you can always fill in a few along the way to give them some guideposts.The product comes with a student handout of each version, as well as keys for the teacher. There is also a basic directions and TOU page.
If you are looking for an in-depth bill-to-law flowchart
to teach students the bill to law process, you can also find one as a freebie in my store!
I also have a Mock Congress simulation
to bring the process to life.
Check out these other great U.S. Government resources available in my store:
Bingo Bundle: Three Branches of Government
Government Review Game BUNDLE-6 Games
Passing a Bill to Law Activity
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Supreme Court Rankings Activity
Forming a New Government Activity and Discussion
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