Civics and Government Unit (45+ pages!)
This unit covers the
3 Branches of Government
The Constitution & Bill of Rights
The Presidential Cabinet Positions
How a Bill becomes Law
Civics Review (symbols, landmarks)
Federal vs. State Governments and more!
I have added in a number of new worksheets on the 3 branches of government to the Civics and Government Unit. These pages cover things like how old you have to be to serve as President or in the Senate or House. They also cover some of the powers of each branch. So, students have to determine which branch…
- Declares war
- Has the power to levy and collect taxes
- Nominates and appoints the Supreme Court Justices
- Confirms or rejects cabinet members
There are 3 different pages where students have to identify the executive, legislative or judicial branch. (My kids felt like they need to go over this information several times.) In the picture below I show only two 3 Branches of Government Worksheets (one student page, another answer page.)
As you can see from the picture above (and below!), there are also sorting cards/interactive notebook pages as well.
The Civics and Government Unit includes some general notebook pages about the 3 branches of government, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.Here are some of the other materials in the Civics and Government Packet:
Civics Review Questions:
The first time we did this unit, the kids were 11, 9 and 7 [and then we reviewed this material most every year after that!]. The kids started going over some basic civic information. I made a set of question cards that have QR Codes they can scan to check their answers. There is a free app (QR Code Reader) you can download to your phone or tablet. To use these cards, you’ll need to print out the cards and cut them out. Just point the camera at the code and the answer will pop up on your phone! Be sure to cut out the individual strips/cards, so the correct QR Code is read. For those who can’t or don’t want to use the bar codes, you can just ignore those (cut them out) and match them to the answer cards I made (which are included but not shown in the screen shot below).
These include questions about government and history such as:
- Why was the Declaration of Independence written?
- What are the three branches of government?
- What are the first 10 amendments called?
- What is the difference between the Senate and the House of Representatives?
It also has them identify landmarks (such as Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon), symbols (Liberty Bell, Great Seal) and more.
This packet also covers the Presidential Cabinet. There are also worksheets on how a bill becomes law. This packet includes notebook pages to cover those two topics:
Once we were into the unit, I realized the kids needed more time and explanation about the various Cabinet positions. So, I added in 5 pages that have a bit of description about the basic responsibilities of each department. For example,
- Department of State – the department responsible for international relations
- Department of the Treasury – manages federal money by collecting taxes, paying bills and managing currency, public debts, and government accounts
There is one page that just has a description (like the examples above). One page is a matching sheets. The other pages are matching cards, so students can match the Department with its description.
There are some notebook pages to help students learn about their State Government. Students will find out some basic facts about their state — the capital, largest cities, where most people live (urban areas? suburbs), the types of taxes our state collects and things like that.
The notebook page I made is generic, so it will work for any U.S. state.
What are some of the responsibilities of our federal, state and local governments?
Once you talk a bit about your state and local government, you can delve into some of the services the federal, state, and local governments provide for us.
I included the list of services that I plan to talk about with the kids, though this list is by no means complete! Just think of all the agencies and responsibilities our governments have! I tried to touch on some of the major responsibilities (transportation, health, education, etc.) and the kids will jot down a few of the things we talk about in the chart you see below. (Well, that you can just barely see beneath all that red lettering!)
Finally, the last topic that in this packet is about taxes. My kids were 7, 9, and 11 when we first did this unit so only touched briefly upon the different types of taxes that American citizens pay… but we’ll talk about income tax, payroll tax, sales tax, fuel tax, etc.
Civics & Government Unit
The Civics and Government Packet is $5.99. It is well over 45 pages.
What age is this for? Probably late elementary or middle school. We first did this unit when the kids were 11, 9 and7. We’ve reviewed this material most every year since. This year my oldest are in high school, but they still felt like they needed to review this material once again. 🙂
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$2.50 U.S. Presidents – Quick Study (A small booklet activity that highlights 14 well-known Presidents) (See more details here)
$7.99 U.S. States and Capitals Packet This 100+ page packet helps students learn the U.S. states and capitals. It includes US geography worksheets, a states & capitals booklet, 13 colonies maps and more! Visit Post or View image
$6.99 13 Colonies Unit – a 70-page unit that covers Roanoke, Jamestown, Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay, Pennsylvania, Georgia and the others. Plus, it explores the Puritans, Salem Witch Trials & Bacon’s Rebellion. Visit Post
$6.99 Causes of the American Revolution Packet (and American Revolution play) (See more details here)
$4.50 Oregon Trail Packet Quick Preview
$0.00 Types of Governments & Societies; Current World Leaders Packet (Worksheets on current world leaders, Types of Governments… ie oligarchy, theocracy, dictatorship, monarchy, and democracy plus Types of Societies… ie. communism, socialism, capitalism, fascism.) Visit Post or View Image
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U.S. States and Capitals Packet
U.S. Presidents – Quick Study of 14 well-known presidents
World Leaders and Types of Government (updated in Sept. 2019)
World War I Unit
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