Make Civics exciting and practical for students using this Legislative Branch, Social Studies Simulation. Students will participate in writing bills for their school, community, or state while learning the various stages within the lawmaking process. All voices are heard as students become members of Congress, participate in committees, debate on the floor, and watch their President sign the bills that survive the entire process. Not only do students love this simulation, they are actually learning the stages of how a bill becomes a law.
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This Legislative Branch Simulation has become one of the highlights in my government class. Students love the opportunity to write bills in hopes of influencing their school, community, or state. Once a bill has passed through the entire process, many of the students' bills can actually change school policy. Our school has had numerous changes due to my 8th grade bills that became law (water bottle fountains, locker room changes, school course offerings, etc.). Learning about the law-making process is good, but actively being engaged in the process is great!
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I know your students will enjoy this hands-on simulation as you incorporate it within your existing civics and government units. It's a great way to experience the Legislative Branch coming to life! Download the preview for a more in-depth explanation and feel free to adapt the simulation to fit your classroom and grade level needs. Enjoy the simulation and thank you so much for your comments and ratings!
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- Detailed teacher directions
- Student handout with directions explaining the simulation
- Templates to copy for students to write their own bills
- Scoring sheet for student progress
- Sample bills to help explain how students should write bills
- Everything you need is included. NO PREP. Just print and go!
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