This lesson plan allows students to work as different parts of Congress to balance part of the budget. They work through the process of balancing the budget from resolutions to appropriations. Ultimately, they must compare their version of the budget to the President's proposal and decide whether he would sign or veto their bills!
Students will be able to…
ANTICIPATE the lesson by reviewing the budgeting process with your students.
DIVIDE students into groups of four.
DISTRIBUTE the Representative Designation slips. Each group should contain Representatives #1 and #2 and Senators #1 and #2.
DISTRIBUTE two Budget Resolution handouts and two sets of Appropriations Bills to each group.
INSTRUCT students to take an Appropriations Bill handout for each committee assigned to them on their Representative Designation slip.
PROJECT the Simulation Directions screen using a transparency or projector, review the directions with your students, and remind them to look at the overhead if they are stuck.
CIRCULATE around the classroom checking for completion, and facilitating discussion and compromise.