This Is Our Government

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Learn what government is, and identify the main parts of each at the local, state, and federal level. Understand how the branches work together to make our country, state, and community strong. Learn that one branch makes the laws, another makes sure the laws are fair, and the last makes sure the laws are obeyed. Discover the importance of our lawmakers and why making laws helps keep us safe.

Student Application

The Constitution of the United States of America is the rulebook our government is based on. Find out how it works, why it is so unique in the world and how state governments are modeled after it.


Learning Objectives

  1. Students will know the characteristics of the three types of governments (country, state, and community) and realize that they have the same basic three-branch plan.
    1. Country (federal) government: The leaders of the federal government meet in Washington, D.C., because it is the capital of the U...

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Supporting Activities

  1. Three branches tree: Give each student three pieces of white paper and some markers or crayons. Have the students draw a tree with three branches (similar to the diagram in the video) on it on each sheet of paper. If the students are unable to copy the diagram on the video, the teacher can draw it and make copies for the students. Students s...

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