APRIL 02, 2021
April is National County Government Month! After so much focus on the federal government this year, due to the 2020 presidential election, it’s the perfect time to turn attention locally and help students understand the impact that their county government can have on their everyday lives. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, all 3,069 county governments in the U.S. have played a major role in providing critical services and programs to their communities
With these lesson plans and learning resources, students will gain knowledge about how their county government is organized, what it does, who's in charge, and how they can get involved.
This lesson covers the diversity in county government structure, duties and services as well as the budgeting process. Students will investigate the impact of unfunded mandates and work to balance a county budget.
There’s no better way to learn about county governments than starting with your own. In this webquest, students will explore the web to learn more about their own county and what it does.
Make room for fun this National County Government Month with Counties Work! With this game, students will learn about local government by playing a county official responding to citizen requests.
Teaching in Texas? Assign this state adaptation of Counties Work to teach students all about Texas county government.
Are your students visual learners? This infographic is perfect for teaching about the different departments within the county government and what they do to keep the county running.
The county level is also a great place for students to advocate for issues they care about. In this multi-lesson unit, students will select a community issue they’d like to know more about and address. Then, they’ll examine the context of their issues — including the role of county and other levels of government — and develop strategies to bring about local change.
Interested in who supports National County Government Month? Check out the National Association of Counties to learn more about National County Government Month and activities for students.