NEW April 2020- I have added a digital component to this pack! There is an interactive Google Slides activity included!
This unit makes U.S. government more fun to teach and easier for students to understand. In this unit, students will learn about the different layers of government (federal, state, and local) and the three branches of government (executive, legislative, and judicial) by comparing it to the leaders in a school.
1. Students will create the identity of the classroom.
- They will use Greek and Latin roots to name their classroom.
- They will design a flag.
- They will write a motto.
- They will write an anthem.
- They will create a seal.
- They will research an animal and select a symbol.
- They will learn about landmarks and create one.
2. Students will learn about the government.
- They will learn about different levels of government (local, state, federal).
- They will learn about the Constitution.
- They will learn about their rights.
- They will learn about the branches of government and do a role play.
- They will learn about checks and balances and do a sort.
3. Students will learn about how a bill becomes a law.
- They will go through the steps of making a new rule in their classroom.
At the end of the pack is a way to hold an election for the Legislative and Judicial branches in your classroom. (The teacher is the executive branch.) The students who are not in these branches of government will be in the cabinet to help the teacher. This way no one is left out of the government!
I believe that students learn social studies best by immersing themselves in it! Check out the preview!