This activity is actually two activities in one, both with the purpose of helping students learn how a bill becomes a law. There are two main documents:
1) Bill Process (30) - ACTIVITY
2) Bill Process (15) - ACTIVITY
Each of these outlines the bill process in either 15 steps or 30 steps.
In the past, what I have done is given each of my students (approximately 30 in my class) one of the 30 steps from 'Bill Process (30) - ACTIVITY'. The students then must organize themselves, standing in a large circle around the room, in the correct order of the bill process.
With 'Bill Process (15) - ACTIVITY', I will divide my students into two groups of 15. Each group with receive the same 15 steps of the bill process. The two groups must then race to finish their process first and in the correct order before the other group.
An answer key is included for the teacher to be able to check the students' work with both the 15 and 30 step processes.
Having two different processes with different detail helps the students focus in not only on the major, important parts of the process, but also the intricate details that come along the way.