Government Unit & Lapbook {Complete Unit with informational text, test, & more!}

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Government Unit & Lapbook! A complete unit for teaching about the United States government. Over 50 pages!

This Government Unit includes a 7-page informational text. This complex text will provide your students with information about the purpose of government, government services, the Constitution as the basis for our government, the three branches of government, the duties and responsibilities of each branch, qualifications for office, checks and balances, the balance of power, how our laws are made, local and state government, actions of citizens, and the meaning of the Preamble.

The Government Unit informational text is perfect for meeting your Common Core Reading Standards!! I wrote this Government Unit because I couldn't find anything rigorous enough for my third-graders! All of the other government units (and even our social studies textbook!) were too simple, and didn't meet the new demands of the Common Core for informational text. This text will provide your students with a complex, rigorous text, but the text features and other aspects will allow your third, fourth, and fifth grade students to be successful in reading and comprehending the information.

The Government Unit also includes a unit test and a study guide. There is a packet with an anticipation guide and questions to guide your students as they read each section of the informational packet. All answer keys are included.

As your students read and learn about the government, they will complete 14 different foldable pieces to make a lapbook about our government. Lapbook pieces can also be used in an interactive social studies notebook. All templates are included for the lapbook. Lapbook pieces are great for formative assessment as you work through the unit.

Lapbook or notebook pieces include foldables for:
Purpose of Government
Government Services
Paying for Government Services
Creating Our Government
Branches of Government
Legislative Branch
Executive Branch
Presidential Seal
Judicial Branch
Balance of Power
Levels of Government (2 choices)
Actions of Citizens

Standards addressed
National Standards for Civics and Government for K-4:
I. What is Government and What Should It Do?
A. What is government?
B. Where do people in government get the authority to make, apply, and enforce rules and laws and manage disputes about them?
C. Why is government necessary?
D. What are some of the most important things governments do?
E. What are the purposes of rules and laws?
F. How can you evaluate rules and laws?
G. What are the differences between limited and unlimited governments?
H. Why is it important to limit the power of government?

III. How Does the Government Established by the Constitution Embody the Purposes, Values, and Principles of American Democracy?
A. What is the United States Constitution and why is it important?
B. What does the national government do and how does it protect individual rights and promote the common good?
C. What are the major responsibilities of state governments?
D. What are the major responsibilities of local governments?
E. Who represents you in the legislative and executive branches of your local, state, and national governments?

Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Grade 3:
SS.3.C.1.1: Explain the purpose and need for government
SS.3.C.1.2: Describe how government gains its power from the people.
SS.3.C.1.3: Explain how government was established through a written Constitution.
SS.3.C.2.1: Identify group and individual actions of citizens that demonstrate civility, cooperations, volunteerism, and other civic virtues.
SS.3.C.3.1: Identify the levels of government (local, state, federal)
SS.3.C.3.2: Describe how government is organized at the local level.
SS.3.C.3.3: Recognize that every state has a state constitution.
SS.3.C.3.4: Recognize that the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the land.


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