Legislative Branch Activity: Classroom Simulation on How a Bill Becomes a Law

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Make civics practical and exciting for students using this Social Studies simulation that allows students to experience the Legislative Branch! Students will participate in writing bills for their school, community, or state while learning the various stages within the lawmaking process. All voices are heard as students become members of Congress, participate in committees, debate on the floor, and watch their President sign the bills that survive the entire process. Not only do students love this simulation, they are actually learning the stages of how a bill becomes a law.

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This Legislative Branch Simulation has become one of the highlights in my government class. Students love the opportunity to write bills in hopes of influencing their school, community, or state. Once a bill has passed through the entire process, many of the students' bills can actually change school policy. Our school has had numerous changes due to my 8th grade bills that became law (water bottle fountains, locker room changes, school course offerings, etc.). Learning about the law-making process is good, but actively being engaged in the process is great!

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  • Now available in Google Drive format!
  • Detailed teacher directions explaining how to run the simulation
  • Student handout with directions explaining the simulation
  • Templates for students to write their own bills (PDF or Google Drive)
  • Scoring sheet for student progress (PDF or Editable Google Drive Version)
  • Sample bills to help explain how students should write bills
  • Everything you need is included! NO PREP! Just print and go!

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I know your students will enjoy this hands-on simulation as you incorporate it within your existing civics and government units. It's a great way to experience the Legislative Branch coming to life for sure! Since this simulation can take some time, I like to break it up by intermittently using my Legislative Branch Notes resource. This set of notes is an excellent way for students to learn additional content and understand how the real Legislative Branch operates! These two "tag-team" resources (the Simulation & the Notes) will help bring variety to the unit as well as reach all learning styles. Together, learning about the Legislative Branch of government will be fun, engaging, and you'll have a complete Legislative Branch unit!! I highly recommend jumping back and forth between this simulation and my Legislative Branch Notes & Worksheet Assessments. Your students will thank you too!

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Total Pages
14 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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