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Students learn about what is government in the United States.
 

WHAT IS GOVERNMENT
AND WHAT SHOULD IT DO?

LESSON 1: What is Government?

Objectives:

This is the first in a series of lessons intended to introduce elementary school children to the concepts of government and citizenship. The lessons are sequential, and delivered in a classroom narrative.

Student Learning Objectives:

  • Students should learn the terms citizen, government, power and authority and be able to use them with fluency.

  • Students should be able to identify and explain the three roles of government.

Suggested Grades:

3rd Grade - 4th Grade - 5th Grade

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT IS GOVERNMENT LESSON PLAN

Student Deliverables:

Teacher should have copies of the Lesson 1 story and handout (see below) to distribute to the class.

Sequence of Events:

  • Distribute handouts. Read through the handouts as a class. Elicit student participation.

  • Optional: Assign students to read particular parts, e.g. Mr. Green or "you."

  • Have students work individually on the worksheet.

  • Review answers as a class (key below).

  • Discuss student responses, answer questions and clarify misunderstandings.

Student Tasks:

To complete the worksheet portion of the handout using the story as reference.
 

References/Resources:

This lesson addresses standard 1A and begins 1B. National standards for civics can be found at: www.civiced.org

 

 

LESSON PRINTABLES

What is Government Lesson and Worksheet

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