Students explore the concept of federalism in this unit, from the powers held by the federal government to the powers reserved for the states. This unit also teaches students the structures and functions of state and local government and about the officials that serve as representatives in different capacities. Students learn about the state and local governments' impact on their lives and property.
In this lesson, students will compare the executive, legislative and judicial branches at all levels of government. Students will learn why powers and obligations are distributed between the levels of government.
Students will learn about the essential characteristics of state government including the duties and functions associated with the legislative, executive and judicial branches. This lesson will reveal the impact that agencies amd commissions have on students' lives and illustrate the law-making process at the state level.
In this lesson, students discover the roles and responsibilities of a governor. Through a reading and board game, the class will identify the source of a governor's power, as well as how that power is best used in a variety of situations.
Students explore the many roles filled by their county government and the role of county governments in a federalist system. After a close examination of the county, students create their own fictional county! Students are familiarized with fun facts about county government and analyze the transition of county development through the lense of westward expansion.
Do you want to make your community a better place to live? In Counties Work, you decide about the programs and services that affect everyone!
At what age can you get your driver's permit? Depending on what state you live in, the answer is different. That is because each state has its own government and laws. Click here to learn more about state powers and governments.
Have you ever wondered where counties come from? Explore the roots of county government in this webquest!
Do you know who represents you in the federal, state and local government? Do you know how to get in touch with them?
This web quest will guide you through a number of web resources that will give you information about your representatives in government. Use the Who Represents me? Web Quest worksheet to create a contact sheet that will help you be an informed and active citizen!