This is a three-day interactive, whole-class activity to teach checks and balances, the three branches of government, and the steps it takes for a bill to become a law. This should be used after the three branches have been taught. The students need to have an overall understanding of what each branch does.
This document includes the complete lesson plan with step by step instructions for the three-day activity. This also includes all the handouts and materials needed to complete the activity.
The students really enjoy the in-depth discussion that this activity allows. Once the teacher gives the initial instructions each day, it is completely student based. The teacher should only be facilitating while the students are taking control of the discussion and the decisions being made.
You can check out pictures from my class and exactly how my class did it this year on my blog - http://theskyisthelimit1304.blogspot.com/
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