Three Branches of Government--Interactive Lesson

Three Branches of Government--Interactive Lesson
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This lesson is based on using an active learning model when studying the three branches of government of the United States. The class will work in groups to create "laws" or rules for the classroom with most being in the school Congress. The teacher takes the job of executive branch as the president. A small group of students are appointed by the president to be supreme court judges. There is a process of Congressional committees proposing laws. The "president" has the job of signing or vetoing the laws and then the supreme justices must look at each law and decide if it is within the scope of the whole school rules. For 3rd and 4th grades, the process is fairly easy. As students get older, there are modifications to allow for overriding a veto, sending a proposed law back for revision, etc. This lesson teaches children the process of laws being passed in an active way and lets them feel a part of running the "government" of the classroom. Usually this lesson takes an hour to complete, but with older children, who give a lot more thought and discussion, this could extend beyond sixty minutes.
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4 pages
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1 hour
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