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.
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ANTICIPATE by asking students 1) if they can name the county they live in, and 2) if they can think of one service that the county provides people. Write the name of your county on the board. Call on students to share the county services they thought of.
DISTRIBUTE the “Capable County” reading page (2-sided).
READ the reading page with the class, pausing to discuss concepts as needed
CHECK for understanding by doing the yes/no active participation activity with the class. Students should answer “yes” or “no” simultaneously. Listen for mixed answers, and discuss the correct response.
DISTRIBUTE the brochure activity and any materials you will have students use, such as colored pencils.
READ the directions with the class
ASSIGN the brochure activity. Monitor students progress as needed. When students have finished, you may want to have them share their brochures with the class either by having students present their brochures or by posting the brochures in the classroom.
PROJECT the “Counties Fun Facts” activity. Uncover one question at a time and have the students guess which answer they think is correct by saying “A” or “B.” Discuss any answers students find surprising.
REVIEW by assigning the worksheet (2-sided)