To learn about the duties and responsibilities the President has as chief executive, commander in chief, foreign policy director, legislative leader, party head, and chief of state.
1 class period
This lesson includes one of the most popular and fun games I have ever written for my students. The kids love it and it is very enjoyable to play it with them as the teacher. Expect excitement!
Students put the numbers 1 through 9 inside of the nine small corner spaces on the Game 1 form on page 49D. They are instructed to scramble the numbers, not put them in order. Game 1 pertains to the President as chief executive.
Play begins when the teacher announces a number between 1 and 9. Class members put this number in the box next to question 1. They then read question 1 and must decide which of the two underlined answers is correct. Once an answer is chosen, each student then finds the announced number on their game form and writes the answer in the large space next to it. Play continues in this way until five numbers have been announced and five answers have been filled in on the game form.
Following Game 1, papers are exchanged and correct answers read. Points are scored as follows: 10 points for each correct answer; 10-point bonus for three correct answers in a row –– either across, down, or diagonally. (Note: It is possible to earn two 10-point bonuses by having three right answers in a row in two different directions.)
Play continues in the same way for Games 2-4. Complete game rules are provided on the lesson pages.
Game 1: The President As Chief Executive
Game 2: The President As Commander in Chief
Game 3: The President as Foreign Policy Director
Game 4: The President As Legislative Leader
After all four games have been played, you can give each student a copy of page 49F to do as a quiz or homework assignment. It contains 20 questions based on information covered during the games.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included.