This student turned his project into an activity where other students had to unscramble the words of each branch of government.
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Before Christmas break we completed our government unit in social studies. This has always been one of those units that I have a love/hate feeling towards. American Government has always been a very interesting topic to me, but I have found that it is a very difficult concept for students to grasp. I think that it is so abstract that students have a difficult time making connections to all of the concepts, and the vocabulary is very difficult for young student-there are some really big words for third graders in this unit! It has taken me several years of experimenting with new activities and graphic organizers to finally feel like I can teach about government in a way that excites students, and I'm always looking for new fun ideas. One of my favorite culminating activities is the 3 Branches of Government Project, in government pack. In this project students complete a model or some type of display to represent the three branches of government and the levels of government at each level. My students really enjoyed the project, and I was so proud of everyone's completed work!