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WordPress Blog on the Three Branches of Government

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Author:Danielle Nixon
System: Mobile County
School: Mobile County Board Of Education
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 34728

Title:

WordPress Blog on the Three Branches of Government

Overview/Annotation:

The students will be studying about the Three Branches of Government. The students will gain an understanding of  the role of each branch. Using technology, the students will create a blog that summarizes an article about the Three Branches of Government.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 3-5
10 ) Use digital environments to collaborate and communicate.

Examples: publishing online journals, sharing presentations, contributing to online discussions, communicating with experts

•  Producing digital works collaboratively
Examples: developing shared writing projects and group multimedia projects

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
Insight Unpacked Content
Strand: Economics, Geography, History
Course Title: Living and Working Together in State and Nation
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • 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
Knowledge:
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.
Skills:
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.
Understanding:
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.

Local/National Standards:

ISTE Standard

7. Global Collaborator

Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and

enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working

effectively in teams locally and globally. Students:

b. use collaborative technologies to work with others, including

peers, experts or community members, to examine issues

and problems from multiple viewpoints

Primary Learning Objective(s):

Upon completion of the assignment, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the role of each branch of government.
  2. Complete a blog summarizing the article of the three branches of government.
  3. Comment on one classmate's blog about the three branches of government.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 
 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

61 to 90 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Three Branches of Government printed article

Three Branches of Government printed song as needed

Technology Resources Needed:

WordPress student's blog, Personal Laptops,

Three Branches of Government video to introduce the Three Branches of Government: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EISWIY9bG8

Three Branches of Government song to help students remember the Three Branches of Government: http://www.totally3rdgrade.com/branches_of_government.html

The Three Branches of Government article that students will summarize on their blogs: http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0774837.html

Background/Preparation:

The students should be able to use WordPress effectively for blogging purposes.

  Procedures/Activities: 

Step 1- Launch

  1. The teacher will explain that they will be learning about the three branches of government.   The teacher will show a video clip about the three branches of government (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EISWIY9bG8).

Step 2- Instruction

  1. The teacher will begin explaining the three branches of government.
  2. The teacher will explain that the role of each branch: legislative, judicial, and executive.
  3. The teacher will explain that the legislative branch makes up the laws and veto laws. The judicial branch decides if the laws created are fair or need to be changed. The executive branch enforces the laws.
  4. Teacher and students will sing the song "Branches of Government" from the website http://www.totally3rdgrade.com/branches_of_government.html.
  5. The teacher will ask pairs of students to quietly discuss their thoughts of the three branches of government.

Prompts:

    • How does each branch affect the students’ daily lives?
    • Which one is the most important?
    • Can one branch work without the other? 

Step 3 - Independent Practice

  1. Students will partner with a table mate and write a quick poem/rap that explains the role of each branch.
  2. Students will read the information independently on fact monster that explains the three branches of government: http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0774837.html.

  Assessment  

Assessment Strategies

Students will read the article independently and write a blog:

  • List and describe the three branches of government.
  • Summarize the fact monster article about the three branches of government.
  • Comment on one classmate’s blog about the three branches of government.

Acceleration:

 

Intervention:

Students may refer to the song for additional help.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

Presentation of Material Environment
Time Demands Materials
Attention Using Groups and Peers
Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.