Use these 8 engaging, content-rich activities to dig into the foundations, concepts, and roles of the United States government with your upper elementary and middle school students. This unit is aligned to Common Core ELA and History/Social Studies standards as well as National Standards for Civics and Government.
Topics covered in this unit include the following:
*Concepts of federal presidential constitutional republic and representative democracy;
*U.S. Constitution as the basis of government;
*Three branches of government at national, state, and local levels;
*Roles and responsibilities of three branches of government;
*Concept of federalism and powers granted to federal and state governments;
*History of political parties in the U.S;.
*Basic information about Democratic, Republican, and third parties; and
*Comparison of Democratic and Republican platforms.
This unit includes the following activities:
*Unit vocabulary (with and without definitions) & illustrated vocabulary activity;
*The Constitution and Branches of Government (cloze notes with answer key);
*Government in Your Community, State, & Country (graphic organizer);
*Branches of Government foldable;
*Shared Powers (reading passage & Venn diagram);
*Political Parties in the U.S. (close reading activity);
*Comparing Political Parties (short research project); and
*My Political Party (student-created political party activity).
The resource also includes detailed suggested uses and answer keys.
This unit is also part of my United States Government and Elections Unit
, which includes three mini-units covering government, elections, and voting. With 21 activities in all, students will connect to important civics and government concepts in a variety of ways.