This activity is geared towards South Carolina's third grade social studies standards.
Are you looking for an easy and fun way to teach your students about South Carolina's government? If so, this activity is for you.
When you purchase this packet, you will receive the following:
1. A booklet explaining how our government system works.
2. Foldables and fill-in-the-blank notes that students will glue onto a tree.
3. A game that will help your students understand how our government works. There is a sheet in this download that students will use to play the game.
How do I use this in my classroom?
Days 1-3 My students and I will use the booklet as a shared reading activity. As we are reading, we will stop and highlight important notes along the way. The students will complete the vocabulary match on the back of the booklet at the end of day 3. As we are discussing each branch, I will have my students watch short video clips to help them understand the concepts further.
Day 4- Students will use their booklets to complete the foldables and fill-in-the-blank notes. After the students complete the notes, they will cut them out, along with the foldables, and glue them onto the tree. The students will then color the tree.
Day 5- The students will play the government game. Directions: The first player (legislative branch) will create a bill. The second player (executive branch) will sign it into law or veto the bill. If the bill is vetoed, the first player must rewrite it until it is approved. Once approved by the executive branch, it will go to the third player (judicial branch). The third player will decide if the law agrees with the Constitution. If it doesn’t, it goes back to the legislative branch and starts all over. If it does agree with the Constitution, the third player will decide what the punishment will be if the law if broken. Your students will love this! Mine do!
***Note about the game: When it is the third player's turn, that player really won't know if the new law agrees with the Constitution, but they can pretend it does/doesn't.
I hope you and your students enjoy learning about South Carolina's government!
This is a part of my Revolutionary War Bundle
Revolutionary War Bundle
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