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How a Bill Becomes a Law Journey Stations Activity

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5th - 9th
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★ ★ How A Bill Becomes a Law Stations Activity ★ ★

Students complete stations and two activity sheets to follow the journey of a bill becoming a law, supporting their learning of the steps and breaking down misconceptions.

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About This Activity:
This activity is intended as part of "How a Bill Becomes a Law" Unit. I developed it to support students in learning the steps of how a bill becomes a law, while at the same time reinforcing that each bill may take a different journey through the process with different results.
I love this activity for providing multiple modes/methods of instruction, differentiating learning for different learning styles, and reaching kinesthetic learners. I also love it for breaking down the misconception that each bill follows the same process in the same timeframe. The comic strips that result are wonderful classroom decor, as well!

Included In This Activity:
8 Activities:
♦ Page 1-2: Teacher Guide
♦ Pages 3-11: Activity Dice (all you do is cut and tape!)
♦ Pages11-20: Activity Dice Signs
♦ Pages 21-22: Student Activity: "Travel Log"
♦ Page 23: Student Activity: "Comic Strip"
♦ Page 24: Class Notes (to be used as a reference as needed)

Teacher Directions:
1. Cut and tape the dice from pages 3-11 . Depending on your classroom size and number of students, you may want to make two or three sets of dice at each station to keep students moving through the activity.
2. Set up the stations around the room, using page 2 as a guide for anticipated student movement. Label each station with the titles found on pages 12-20. This will support students in smoothly transitioning between stations.
3. Photocopy the “Bill Becomes a Law Travel Log” (page 21-22) back-to-back and provide each student with the worksheet. Students will use the “Bill Becomes a Law Travel Log” for recording what occurs at each station and where they move to next.
4. Students will finish this activity at different times. Some students may finish in as little as 3 rolls, whereas others will finish in over 10 rolls. Option: Provide them with a copy of notes (page 24) on how a bill becomes a law to review their steps for accuracy or to use as a reference as they create their cartoon strips.
5. Photocopy “Bill Becomes a Law Cartoon Strip” (page 23). When students are finished with the activity, they will then work to draw a cartoon strip of their bill’s journey through the process. You can chose to differentiate this by requiring different numbers of boxes to be completed, all boxes, or just a number of boxes as per their journey. My personal preference is to require them to fill all boxes and challenge them to use their creativity, inserting dialogue and words as well as cartoon graphics.
6. Review the class results and discuss. How many bills became a law? How much time was spent debating and revising for some bills?
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Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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