The Role of Elected Officials in Making Laws

Community Rules and Laws

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Community Rules and Laws

When his father can't make it to practice, Michael learns how important rules and laws are in our community today and long ago. Students travel back to the Old West and experience the need for rules and laws and why they are important in our family, classroom, school, community, state and nation. The process of making laws and the purpose of government are introduced. Responsible citizenship, law enforcement and consequences of not obeying the law are brought home.

Laws are the rules that we make for our community, our state and our country.

  1. Students will understand that laws are rules written for a community, a state, or a country.
  2. Students will understand the need for rules and laws.
  3. Students will learn that rules and laws are written to keep us safe.
  4. Students will learn how laws are made and enforced.

  1. Classroom Government. As a class, create a set of rules for the classroom. Have students suggest rules, vote on them, and discuss consequences for breaking rules. Assign students to role play in small groups. Have one student in each group pretend to be the classroom judge and have other members of the group present a student who has “broken” a rule. The judge will discuss the case with the group and decide on a “consequence.” Once all groups have had a chance to role play, discuss each situation as a class.
  2. Field trip to you. Invite a panel of guests from the community to visit your classroom, including a police officer, a city council member, a school board member, a judge, etc. You may want to have them all come on the same day, or one per day for the length of your lesson on Community Rules and Laws. Before each guest arrives, have students work in groups to come up with questions they would like to ask. Invite the guest to speak to the children about how they help make or enforce laws and encourage students to ask questions of the guests.

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