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Government and Citizens

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Government and Citizens


Content Source:

College Career & Civic Life (C3)
Type: Learning Activity


This learning activity is an exploration into government, beginning with the historical roots of democracy in the United States and focuses on New York State Government. The learning activity features a particular case study of legislation pioneered by a group of elementary students in New York State with the end result of yogurt becoming the official state snack of New York. The activity has students analyze the idea that we all have a voice in government. Click on the Download PDF or DOC button to access additional resources including videos, illustrations, articles, and charts.

Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 3
Geographic and Historical Studies: People, Places, and Regions
10 ) Recognize functions of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.

•  Describing the process by which a bill becomes law
•  Explaining the relationship between the federal government and state governments, including the three branches of government (Alabama)
•  Defining governmental systems, including democracy, monarchy, and dictatorship
Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History
Course Title: Living and Working Together in State and Nation
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Identify ways people are affected by their human and physical environments and provide examples of each.
  • Compare physical features of regions throughout the United States.
  • Identify positive and negative ways people affect the environment, including the benefits of recreation and tourism at state and national parks.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • identify
  • human environment
  • physical environment
  • compare
  • physical features
  • regions of the United States
  • recognize benefits
  • recreation
  • tourism
  • state parks
  • national parks
Students know:
  • Difference between human and physical environments the physical regions of the United States and the features of each.
  • Affects of environment on human behavior and ways of life.
  • Positive and negative affects of humans on the environment.
  • Examples of types of tourism and recreation and the affects of each, including state and national parks.
Students are able to:
  • List examples of the ways human and physical environments affect people and the ways they live.
  • Differentiate between regions of the United States based upon their physical features.
  • Differentiate between positive and negative effects that people have on the environment.
  • Explain the benefits of recreation and tourism, including at state and national parks.
Students understand that:
  • There are various ways that people are affected by their human and physical environments, as well as the effects, both positive and negative, that humans have on the environment.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.3.10- Demonstrate an understanding that families, schools, organizations, and governments have certain structures and rules; identify the Constitution of the United States as a set of rules for the country.

Tags: democracy, executive, government, judicial, legislature
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Author: Ginger Boyd