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 this project I have my students a handout with step-by-step directions and the rubric I use to assess the projects, and then they complete a model of the project at home. My students really enjoyed the project this year, and I was so proud of everyone's completed projects.
Here is a link to my 3 Branches of Government Project. It is sure to be a big hit!
3 Branches of Government Project
You can use this link to see all of my government lessons and activities. There are several games, activities, and worksheets in the product.
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