EARLY UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT (Lessons 31-40/100) American History Curriculum

EARLY UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT (Lessons 31-40/100) American History Curriculum
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Supplement the textbook and eliminate prep time with these 10 ready-to-use reproducible U.S. history lessons covering early American government.

Your 5th or 6th graders will enjoy a wide variety of high-interest activities for individuals, small groups, or the entire class. Among many other things, students travel back in time to become a part of the election campaign of 1800, which included the Federalist Party and Democratic-Republican Party.

Most lessons have four or five activity sheets and can be finished in one or two class periods. Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key provided for each lesson. A majority of the lessons include a 20-question follow-up quiz. The quizzes can also be given as homework assignments or review exercises. Most of the information-filled lessons are able to be used without a textbook.

LESSON/ACTIVITY TITLES (31-40 of 100)
31. United States Constitution
32. Constitution Crossword Puzzle
33. Three Branches of Government
34. The Electoral College
35. The Presidents of the United States
36. Washington, Adams, and Jefferson
37. To Tell the Truth: George Washington
38. The Beginning of Political Parties
39. The Louisiana Purchase
40. Madison, Monroe, Adams, and Jackson

Detailed descriptions of these lessons are provided below.


LESSON 31. United States Constitution

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the articles and amendments that comprise the United States Constitution.

TIME:
1 and 1/2 class periods

Each student must have access to a copy of the United States Constitution, which will be used to answer a series of questions in sections entitled:

• The Preamble and Articles I-VII
• Amendments 1-10 (Bill of Rights)
• Other Amendments

NOTE: I always go over the first five questions with my kids in the section entitled "Preamble and Articles I-VII." This helps them understand how to use the Constitution to find answers.

After reading through and answering questions in the previously mentioned sections, class members then answer Thought Questions pertaining to the Bill of Rights. This helps develop critical thinking skills.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 32. Constitution Crossword Puzzle

OBJECTIVE:
To review the content and organization of the United States Constitution.

TIME:
1 class period

Each class member will need a copy of the Constitution to help them complete the puzzle.

Answer key included.


LESSON 33. Three Branches of Government

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the organization and powers of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government.

TIME:
2 class periods

The activity begins by giving each student a copy of page 33A only. Read with the class the introductory paragraph about the three branches of government. Go over the rules for Contest 1, which is about the Legislative Branch, and have the students begin. After 10-15 minutes, exchange papers and go over the answers. Determine which class members have the most correct answers.

Give each student a copy of page 33B only. Go over the rules for Contest 2, which is about the Executive Branch, and have the students begin. After 10-15 minutes, exchange papers and go over the answers. Determine which class members have the most correct answers.

At the beginning of the second class period, give each student a copy of pages 33C-33D. Go over the game rules on page 33C. The game is about the Judicial Branch, involves the class being divided into two teams. and is based on the tic-tac-toe concept.

Conclude the lesson with the section The System of Checks and Balances on page 33D.

My students always enjoy the competition throughout this activity! It is a fun way to learn about the three branches of government.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 34. The Electoral College

OBJECTIVE:
To understand the method used to elect the President of the United States.

TIME:
1 and 1/2 class periods

Give each student a copy of pages 34A - 34D.

Read with the class the introductory paragraphs about the Electoral College at the top of page 34A. Assign all sections and questions in the lesson. Students will answer a Thought Question to develop critical thinking skills, interpret a chart to answer questions on the elections of 1789, 1792, 1796, and 1800, and then conclude the lesson by doing a Map Exercise and answering questions pertaining to the results of the election of 1804, which was the first election held under guidelines established by the 12th Amendment.

NOTE: If colored pencils are available, have the class members use them on the map.

At the beginning of the second class period, discuss student responses to the Thought Question. You may want to have a few volunteers read their paragraph to the class. Then, go over the answers to the questions throughout the lesson.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 35. The Presidents of the United States

OBJECTIVE:
To provide information about the Office of the President of the United States.

TIME:
1 class period

My students always find this lesson to be challenging and fun!

Give each student a copy of page 35A (Contest 1) only. Allow class members a few minutes to read through the names of the Presidents. Go over the directions for Contest 1 and have the students begin. In the spaces provided, class members will fill in as many last names of the Presidents of the United States since George Washington. After 10-15 minutes, exchange papers and read the answers. Determine which class members have the most correct answers.

Give each student a copy of page 35B (Contest 2) only. Go over the directions and have the class begin. The students will rearrange scrambled letters in a sentence and form a key word, name, or term that has to do with the President. After 10-15 minutes, exchange papers and read the answers. Determine which students have the most correct answers.

Give each student a copy of page 35C (Contest 3) only. Go over the directions and have the class begin. Students will decide whether sentences about the President are true or false. After 10-15 minutes, exchange papers and read the answers. Determine which students have the most correct answers.

Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 36. Washington, Adams, and Jefferson

OBJECTIVE:
To review important national and foreign affairs which occurred during the administrations of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson.

TIME:
1 class period

Soon after writing this activity, it became a class favorite!

Begin by read the introductory paragraphs with the class, and go over the game rules for PASSWORD (a complete set of game rules is provided on the lesson pages). Choose a scorekeeper, divide the class into two teams, and begin. Have a volunteer from each team give clues. Change “captains” after each game.

During Game 1, use any four words, names, or terms in this section. Underline one word, name, or term at a time where it appears on the lesson pages. The captains should take their clues from the description that includes the answer. Continue in the same way with Games 2-4.

Once the students have finished playing the four PASSWORD games, they will complete 30 true/false questions pertaining to information covered in the preceding games.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 37. To Tell the Truth: George Washington

OBJECTIVE:
To become familiar with the life of George Washington and the role which he played in shaping the early history of the United States.

TIME:
1 class period

Choose three students to be George Washington. Tell the three which one is the real Washington, but do not inform the other class members. It is NUMBER 1.

Choose ten students to be panelists. They will each ask an assigned question. At the end of the game, these panelists and the other class members will vote for the person they think is the real George Washington. At this point, the real one will be asked to step forward.

When the voting is taking place, ask the students to give reasons for their choice.

Once the TO TELL THE TRUTH game is finished, students will answer 15 true/false questions based on information they learned during game.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 38. The Beginning of Political Parties

OBJECTIVE:
To study the development of political parties by focusing on the election campaign of 1800.

TIME:
1 and 1/2 class periods

This lesson begins by reading with the class background information in two sections entitled The First Parties Are Organized and Election Campaign of 1800. Students then learn about the Federalist Party and the Democratic-Republican Party by reviewing information on a chart. This is followed by 20 Chart Questions that require class members to decide which political party is being described.

Next, you can read with the class the section entitled Speeches, Signs, and Campaign Buttons. The class is then divided into the Federalist Party and the Democratic-Republican Party. Ask for volunteers from each group to be the campaign manager, vice presidential candidate, and presidential candidate. (Or you may want to let each party choose its own campaign manager and candidates.) Have the two campaign managers and the two vice presidential candidates use encyclopedias to find biographical information about the candidates they will introduce. The two presidential candidates will only need to use the chart that compares the two political parties. Other class members will enjoy designing campaign signs and buttons using a template on page 38D, and should have these ready by the day that you designate for the presentation of the speeches. On that day, have the speakers read their speeches in the order given on page 38C. You can also display the campaign signs and buttons.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 39. The Louisiana Purchase

OBJECTIVE:
To realize the significance of the purchase of the Louisiana Territory by the United States.

TIME:
30 minutes

This activity includes three reading sections with background information about the Louisiana Purchase. Each section is followed by a brief set of instructions for a fun Map Exercise. Read through the lesson with the class. Have the students do the mapwork at the end of each section.

I have never passed out a Map Exercise to my students that they did not enjoy. The kids seem to really like these types of activities.

Teacher Instructions are included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.


LESSON 40. Madison, Monroe, Adams, and Jackson

OBJECTIVE:
To summarize national and foreign events which occurred during the administrations of James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Andrew Jackson.

TIME:
1-2 class periods

There are four sections in this activity (one for each presidential administration of Madison, Monroe, Adams, and Jackson). Within these sections, students will read through a series of sentences arranged in chronological order and fill in the missing word, name, or term from a list that is provided.

As the teacher, you can decide whether to use this activity as a contest, a game with competing teams, or an assignment for individuals. Class members might be given the option of working with one other student (always very popular in my class!) or by themselves.

Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.
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