United States Government Teacher Resources

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History & Math of the 1830s

For Students 5th - 7th
Using this interdisciplinary learning exercise, your young historians will have the opportunity to practice their math skills while learning about the drastic population increase in the United States during the presidency of Andrew...
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The United States/Mexico Border

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners research daily life, industries, and the political situation along the United States/Mexico border. They conduct research to research what it might be like to live at the border and the controversies surround US government...
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Learning to Survive

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Using the article "Escaping Afghanistan: Children Pay Price," discuss the lives of Afghan refugees and the impact of Taliban rule. A detailed list of questions is provided, but you will have to search for the article. Extension...
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Is an Extended School Day the Right Choice for Middle School Students?

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Should the school day be extended? Talk about a controversial topic! Before engaging in a fortified conversation about this topic, class members examine a chart that summarizes the views of business and political leaders, teachers,...
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Immigration Legislation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What is the purpose of immigration legislation? How has this legislation evolved over the years? What are the factors that caused these changes? Class members research immigration legislation to determine whose rights the laws are...
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Turning the Tide on Trash: Marine Debris Curriculum

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Six different lessons comprise this unit on marine debris. Science, language arts, social studies, and art projects make this an ideal interdisciplinary unit. The result will be well-informed future citizens who can help make a...
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Health Care

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Options for public and privately funded health care is a valuable debate for students to follow and learn from. They can use their research to take part in a Town Hall Meeting using facts and style. They will contact the representatives...
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Should the United States Support the Development of More Biotechnology to Genetically Modify Food?

For Teachers 7th - 10th
The controversy surrounding GMOs is food for debate. With the abundance of articles that can be garnered from various media sources, a skill-building activity that teaches learners how to carry on a balanced, informed discussion of this...
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Rules and Responsibilities

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Your learners observe the rules at their school and community for a week. As a class, they discuss good citizenship and how to promote it in their classroom. Then, as the week closes, each learner creates their own responsiblity journal....
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How To Write a Social Studies Outline

For Teachers 5th
One of the keys to success in school is organization. This resource leads learners through the process of creating an outline for a chapter from a social studies text. In addition, they review facts they have learned in their class...
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The Right to Housing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Explore housing rights. After a brainstorming activity and a brief explanation of the right to housing, learners complete either one of or both of the included crossword puzzles. Class members read a fact sheet about the right to housing...
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What's It All Have to Do With Me? Using Local History to Connect Students to National Events

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students examine the differences between primary and secondary documents. In this primary and secondary source lesson plan, students examine three distinct sets of primary and secondary sources dealing with the eagle as a national...
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Rollin' on the River: The McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers take a close look at the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation system. They study how the Army Corps of Engineers built and monitor the system. Learners discover how a lock and a dam work, and study three benefits of...
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Geography Application: The Cuban Missile Crisis

For Students 8th
A complete activity! The class reads the provided text, then answers the 7 critical-thinking questions. Topics covered are interpreting informational text, reading comprehension, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and US Policy. 
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Do You Know the Story of Pomp?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine and read about Pomp, the infant son of Sacagawea. They research the Lewis and Clark expedition, create a storyboard presenting important events, and design a Powerpoint presentation.
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Safeguarding the Bill of Rights

For Teachers 8th
The Bill of Rights is not just a standard page in a social studies textbook. It protects the rights that every American enjoys every day, whether it's free speech, freedom of the press, or the right to a timely trial. An educational...