Understanding the levels of our government is the main purpose of this lesson. The secondary lesson is about how to find credible web sites to gather information. This activity is appropriate for fourth through sixth grade.
This document is intended to be a template for the students to record their data directly from website into document without the use of a pencil. Each line that requires input from the student has a text box. Click on the line and type.
Next we search for the first item of information together. We immediately find information provided by wiki and blogs and other sources but I point out to students that the best option is to go to the government websites (as evidenced by the .gov extension) and get the information from a credible source.
We also have a discussion about the need for current information and correct spelling when adding data to the collection sheet.
Another item to focus on is that we are focusing on the Federal level as sometimes the students would start looking for state information without realizing it.
Finally, when the student has filled in all the blanks then he can print this document.
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