To become familiar with the organization and function of state government.
1 class period
This lesson includes four exciting password games. Begin by reading the game rules for PASSWORD with the class. Choose a scorekeeper, divide the class into two teams, and begin. Have a volunteer from each team come stand next to you to give clues. Change “captains” after each game. (Complete game rules are provided on the lesson pages.)
During Game 1, use any four words, names, or terms in this section pertaining to state government. Underline one word, name, or term at a time where it appears on the lesson pages. Captains should take their clues from the description that includes the answer. Continue in the same way with Games 2-4.
• Game 1: State Government
• Game 2: Executive Branch
• Game 3: Legislative Branch
• Game 4: Judicial Branch
Of all the activities I have written for my students, PASSWORD games are among their favorites.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions are included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.