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

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Make civics exciting and practical for students using this Social Studies simulation emulating 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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What's Included:

  • Detailed teacher directions explaining how to run the simulation
  • Student handout with directions explaining the simulation
  • Templates to copy for students to write their own bills
  • Scoring sheet for student progress
  • Sample bills to help explain how students should write bills
  • Everything you need is included! NO PREP! Just print and go!

Additional Content:

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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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
Develop the topic thoroughly by selecting the most significant and relevant facts, extended definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples appropriate to the audience’s knowledge of the topic.
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14 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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