The Federal Government's Budget Process

Over the past two decades, the federal government has shut down at least four times. Pupils may have a tough time understanding the significance of these events without appropriate background. A graphic resource traces the budget development and approval process to show how elected officials use tax money to fund federal programs. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in tandem with news coverage of the federal budget process to enhance understanding
  • Ask learners to research one item funded by the federal government and report on its significance
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of a series from the federal government on how it works

  • Resource is easy to understand at a various reading levels
  • Easy to integrate the flow chart into a variety of lesson plans

  • None