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Showing Grade 3, Unit 4a, United States: Basic Structure of the U.S. Government
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Class Constitution

Description: Learn the purpose of the U.S. Constitution and then analyze the language and meaning of the Preamble. Work in cooperative groups to write a class constitution incorporating the appropriate elements of the U.S. Constitution. Standards 3.4.1, 4.5.1, 5.7.3 and 8.2.6


Lesson ID: 229

Dear Presidential Diary

Description: Use a series of Web sites and other sources to experience a day in the life of a president. Discuss and become familiar with the President's surroundings and tasks during a typical day. Participate in presidential tasks such as writing letters, meeting with foreign leaders, working on a budget and giving a speech. At the end share the information you learned about a president's life. This activity can be done by different ages and at different levels of sophistication. Standards 3.4.4, and 12.4.4 general

Author: Betsy Norris, Dulcie Davis, and Donna Brock, PBS Kids Democracy Project

Lesson ID: 287

What Is A Court?

Description: In this lesson you will learn about and be able to describe the judicial branch of government, define what a court is, and be able to name three characteristics of a trial court and three characteristics of an appellate court. Standard 3.4.1, 3.4.2, 4.5.1, and 4.5.4

Author: Washington State Office of the Administrator for the Courts

Lesson ID: 1223

Yertle the Turtle Mock Trial

Description: Most students are familiar with Dr. Seuss's book Yertle the Turtle. Yertle is the dictatorial and oppressive king of a pond. He decides that his kingdom is too small and demands that the other turtles stand on each other's backs to build a high, then higher, then higher throne for the Mighty Yertle. Yertle's reign is toppled by a simple, innocent act committed by the lowest turtle in the stack. This mock trial builds upon the original story by adding a new angle. The personal plights of many unidentified characters in this story have been ignored. For example, one of the turtles in the middle of the stack of turtles is named Sadie. Sadie is quiet and well behaved. Because of her youth, Sadie has been told to listen to elders, not to disagree with them, and to cooperatively help them when asked to do so. After the great stack of turtles collapsed, Sadie had a terrible shell ache. She didn't think about it too much until the pain persisted for several weeks. Yertle was not only tyrannical, but also lazy and irresponsible. Since he didn't want to bother ensuring justice for his subjects by hearing their cases himself, he established an independent judiciary. And now he is going on trial. This will be a civil trial, however, so Yertle may not be put in jail. He may be required to pay for Sadie's actual damages as well as an additional amount for having violated her inalienable turtle rights. Standards 3.4.1, 3.4.2, and 4.5.3

Author: American Bar Association

Lesson ID: 1321

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