The Government and Me: A Project Based Learning Unit

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Laura Davis
Grade Levels
2nd - 3rd
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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).
Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.
Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve one- and two-step “how many more” and “how many less” problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs. For example, draw a bar graph in which each square in the bar graph might represent 5 pets.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
With guidance and support from adults and peers, focus on a topic and strengthen writing as needed by revising and editing.
With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.


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