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The Plan of Government under the U.S. Constitution

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Learners explore the U.S. plan for federal government. In this U.S. Constitution instructional activity, students investigate a chart on the responsibilities of the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative Branches of governments. Learners...
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Lesson 6: Constitutional Principles: Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore the concept of checks and balances. In this U.S. government lesson, 12th graders discuss the basic responsibilities of the three branches of government. Students then take a closer look at judicial review as they...
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The Founders’ Library: Thinking as a Founding Father

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students analyze the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In this U.S. government lesson, students examine books, movies, and music that influence them today and then investigate writings that influenced the framers of the...
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U.S. Constitution

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Young scholars examine the U.S. Constitution. In this American government lesson plan, students explore the purpose and significance of the Constitution as they read the provided handouts and complete the provided worksheet.
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Compromise is the Key

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders investigate the compromises that took place at the Constitutional Convention. In this U.S. government lesson, 8th graders "visit" the convention as they research and debate the issues that arose. Students journal about the...
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Documents and Symbols and American Freedom

For Teachers 3rd - 8th
Students complete a unit of lessons on the documents, symbols, and famous people involved in the founding of the U.S. government. They create a personal bill of rights, write a found poem, design a flag, conduct research, and role-play...
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Branches of the U.S. Government

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
In this recognizing the three branches of the United States government worksheet, young scholars read a chart about the legislative, executive, and judicial branches and use the information to answer questions. Students write 5 answers.
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Teaching Six Big Ideas in the Constitution

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students debate the constitutional principles of the United States. In this U.S. government instructional activity, students examine the meaning of the text of the U.S. Constitution and analyze other primary documents of the era....
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Seals: From the National To the Local

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders investigate official government symbols by completing a scavenger hunt.  For this U.S. Government lesson, 3rd graders participate in a scavenger hunt in which they locate seals or logos in their community.  Students...
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Bill Of Rights

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars examine Supreme Court cases. In this U.S. government lesson plan, students watch a video about the Bill of Rights and then research 4 Supreme Court cases using the noted web site. Young scholars analyze the presented...
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Is Gulf War Syndrome a Significant Health Issue the U.S. Government has Tried to Cover Up?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students examine the issues surrounding Gulf War Syndrome. In groups, they analyze evidence from the war and medical information. They participate in a debate in which they support their feelings on whether the government of the United...
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Slavery in the U.S. Constitution

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers examine five sections of the U.S. Constitution to see what the Federal Government has said about slavery, past and present. Then, class members research individuals and interest groups who directly impacted slavery...
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Egyptian Fairy Tale

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students explore ancient Egyptian culture and government. In this social studies lesson plan, students compare the legal system from ancient Egypt to our current American legal system. Links are included for web searching Egypt and the...
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Why Do We Have Governments?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students discover what the government is supposed to do for the citizens of the United States.  In this U.S. Government lesson, students discuss what they think the government is responsible for and what would happen if it didn't exist....
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How Do Governments Work?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students investigate the role of government by examining the history of their hometown.  In this U.S. Government instructional activity, students complete a worksheet which asks questions about how lives in their community have been...
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A More Perfect Union

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders complete a unit of lessons on the development of the U.S. government. They examine the main ideas of the Declaration of Independence, develop a class translation of the preamble to the Constitution, create a flow chart,...
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Lesson Plan: The State of the Union

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore the state of the union. In this U.S. government lesson, students analyze the 1998 State of the Union address and write their own reactions to the speech as they take on personas of cabinet members and political party...
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The Government: From Different Perspectives

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders investigate the importance of government by conducting a debate.  In this U.S. Government lesson, 5th graders utilize their classroom as the setting for a two sided debate based on whether government is essential to a...
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Government Reform - Term Limits

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers consider the need for term limits. In this U.S. government lesson, students read selected articles about the pros and cons of term limits. High schoolers then survey their class regarding their opinion of term limits....
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Checks and Balances in our Government

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students discover the purpose of checks and balances in our government.  For this U.S. Government lesson, students read about the three branches of government and discover their limitations using a graphic organizer.  Students may create...
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Lesson 13: Constitution/Federalism

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders compare and contrast American government with the government systems other countries. In this government lesson, 12th graders research several governments in order to complete the provided handout and make posters that...
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Shay's Rebellion

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders determine the role that Shay's Rebellion played in creating a stronger central government in the United States. In this early American history lesson, 12th graders read about the rebellion and then create political...
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US Government

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Learners explore the concept of democratic government. In this U.S. government lesson, students create placemats that feature people, places, ideas, concepts, and symbols related to the American concept of democracy.
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US Government

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students analyze core democratic values. For this U.S. government lesson, students consider government principles as they conduct research to compare and contrast Authoritarianism and Democracy.

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