This series of PowerPoint presentations are closely aligned to Unit 5 of the 4th grade Michigan Citizenship Curriculum (MC3). This unit is entitled Our Federal Government and involves six lessons that focus on the Constitution, the three branches of government, individual rights/Bill of Rights, limited government, and checks/balances. Each lesson has its own PowerPoint presentation. Each presentation goes step by step through the lesson plan.
The slides include the necessary supplemental material diagrams, information, key vocabulary, etc. so that they can easily be shown to students, along with other visuals that may be helpful to illustrate the concept. Additionally, whenever possible, there are links to YouTube videos for read alouds. ALL WEBSITES/ONLINE RESOURCES HAVE BEEN UPDATED SO THAT THEY ARE ACTIVE AND USABLE (as of August 2018).
For activities that students need to complete, the answer keys are provided that allow you to click and have one answer at a time appear. Furthermore, the notes section includes the key teaching points for that part of the lesson. This is in a PowerPoint format which will allow you to make any customizations you want and can easily be uploaded to Google Slides if you do not have Microsoft Office on your computer.
This is a must for any teacher navigating this curriculum!
These lessons are aligned to the following Michigan Social Studies standards:
4 – C1.0.1 Identify questions political scientists ask in examining the United States (e.g., What does government do? What are the basic values and principles of American democracy? What is the relationship of the United States to other nations? What are the roles of the citizen in American democracy?).
4 – C1.0.2 Explain probable consequences of an absence of government and of rules and laws.
4 – C1.0.3 Describe the purposes of government as identified in the Preamble of the Constitution.
4 – C3.0.1 Give examples of ways the Constitution limits the powers of the federal government (e.g., election of public officers, separation of powers, checks and balances, Bill of Rights).
4 – C3.0.2 Give examples of powers granted to the federal government (e.g., coining of money, declaring war) and those reserved for the states (e.g., driver’s license, marriage license).
4 – C3.0.3 Describe the organizational structure of the federal government in the United States (legislative, executive, and judicial branches).
4 – C3.0.4 Describe how the powers of the federal government are separated among the branches.
4 – C3.0.5 Give examples of how the system of checks and balances limits the power of the federal government (e.g., presidential veto of legislation, courts declaring a law unconstitutional, congressional approval of judicial appointments).
4 – C3.0.6 Describe how the President, members of the Congress, and justices of the Supreme Court come to power (e.g., elections versus appointments).
Check out the other Michigan Citizenship Curriculum (MC3) PowerPoints:
Unit 2: The United States in Spatial Terms
Unit 3: Human Geography in the United States
Unit 4: Exploring Economics