Canadian Government

Canadian Government
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1. Mind Map (developing prior knowledge)
2. Levels of Government & Responsibilities
3. Government Buildings
4. Charter of Rights and Freedoms
5. Midpoint - Quiz
6. Government at Work and how laws are made
7. New Canadians
8. Canadian Symbol
9. Final Assessment - Test



Activities

1. Mind Map (integration with computers)
 Opening activity to determine prior knowledge.
 Students will use the computers and the smart ideas program to create a web map with the center word being “Government”.
 The task for students is to use the program to create a web map with as many related words as possible (minimum of 6 words per student).
 Students will work in pairs as there may not be enough computers for everyone.
 Refer to Assessment Activity 1

2. Levels of Government
 Part 1, Provide students with writing paper. Have them title the sheet Responsibilities of Family Members, then have them list the member of their household across the top of the sheet. Have them list what each member is responsible for (types of chores). Discuss as the class why this is important in running a household.

 Part 2, Explain to students that running the country is similar to running a household. Everyone must take some responsibilities. In Canada the responsibilities are divided among three level of government. Record the terms federal, provincial and municipal on chart paper. As a class discuss the students’ prior understanding of these terms.
 As a class read each statement and complete them together
1. The federal government looks after the entire country. The head of the federal government is the Prime Minister. The name of the Prime Minister is ________.
2. The provincial government is given responsibility for the province. The head of the provincial government is the Premier. The name of the Premier is _________.
3. The municipal government looks after the town, city of district. The head of most municipal governments is the Mayor. The name of our municipal leader is _____.

 Part 3, Review and emphasize that, generally, the local municipal government deals with things close to home, the provincial government takes care of the whole province, and the federal government does things for all of Canada.
 Divide the class into groups, and provide each group with a set of cards. Challenge the groups to sort the cards into three piles: responsibilities of the federal government, responsibilities of the provincial government, and responsibilities of the municipal government. Once they have sorted them, share their findings, and ensure that the groups have sorted correctly.
 Municipal: city police, garbage collection, recycling, fire department, public transit
 Provincial: OPP, driver’s licenses, hospitals, child care, birth certificates
 Federal: RCMP, passports, defense, banks and money, fisheries
 Homework Sheet, Refer to appendix A

3. Government Buildings
- Have a Map of Canada and pictures of the federal, municipal, and provincial buildings.
- Review the names of the leaders of the federal, provincial, and municipal governments Ask:
o Do you know where each of these leaders works?
o In what city does the Prime Minister work?
- Display the map of Canada and have student locate Ottawa and ask, what is the building called in which the Prime Minister works?
o In what city does the Premier of Ontario work?
- Locate Toronto on the map and ask
o What is the building called in which the Premier works?
- Finally focus on your local community and ask,
o Who is the leader of our local community?
o Where does the leader work?
o Where is this building located?
- Display pictures of all the buildings and talk about similarities and differences.

4. Charter of Rights and Freedoms
 Part 1, Define the terms,
i. Rights; the things you are guaranteed to have
ii. Responsibilities; the things are you expected to do to be an active member of society
 Part 2, Have a copy of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for each student. Discuss each category and what it means.
 Part 3, Have the students complete the Imagine worksheet (Appendix B) and discuss it.

5. Government at Work and how laws are made
 Part 1, Read through the story with the students and use the necessary props. This involves student participation and is great for visual learners. Refer to Appendix D
 Part 2, read to the students How A Law Is Made. Discuss it as a class. Have the students go back to their desk with the steps and the blank chart to put the order together. Refer to Appendix E

6. New Canadians
 Have students work in pairs to answer the following question, How do you need to do to become as Canadian Citizen? Share their thoughts as a group
 Discuss as the group the information in Appendix F


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