The Government and Me: A Project Based Learning Unit

Laura Davis
Grade Levels
2nd - 3rd
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150 pages
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Laura Davis


Project based learning is a great way to integrate your curriculum, and be able to include reading, writing, math, science and social studies to have in-depth discovery and have your students be in charge of the learning process.

This project based learning unit is a 4 week government unit that will cover writing, math, and social studies standards.

During this project, your students will:

Learn about local and national governments.

Students will know the difference between:

*local, state, and national governments.

*They will determine what these parts of our government do for us and WHO runs these parts.

*Work together to find information within Web Quests and learning centers.

*Experience some expert visits

*become newspaper reporters.

Included in this project based unit:

1. Timeline and suggested lesson plans for the duration of the project.

2. Checklists and rubrics for students and teachers to follow.

3. PowerPoint presentations to display for mini-lessons.

4. Ideas for experts and/or field trips within your project.

5. Center activities to utilize during this project.

6. Vocabulary cards

7. Graphic organizers

8. Formative and Summative assessments (this includes actual quizzes/tests, rubrics and outlines)

9. Web Quests with detailed directions (recently updated).

10. Letters to send home about the project

11. A math (graphing) component

12. A list of websites and literature you should check out to go along with this project

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Total Pages
150 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.
Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
Conduct short research projects that build knowledge about a topic.
With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.
With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, and editing.


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