After a quick trip to the library to gather books on the three branches of government, I printed out the folderbook figures and notebook pages from the mini government lessons in All American History Jr.
All American History Jr Warm-up Lesson:
- To introduce our government lesson I placed 12 items on a cookie sheet. I chose items that related to different kinds of government. Some of the items I found were: courthouse building, dagger, dart gun, queen figure, a ruler, pencil of the presidents, army men, and a crown.
- Then I covered the items with a towel, putting 1 minute on a timer, I allowed my boys to study the items. When the timer went off I covered the items back up. Then they had a few minutes to write down everything they could remember.
- First I uncovered the ruler and asked what it had in common with government. We discussed how government makes “the rules” we follow. Next I uncovered the crown and queen figure to discuss monarchy and followed by the dagger and dart gun to discuss dictatorship. The pencil and courthouse helped to discuss a republic and democracy.
Now that their brains were warmed up, we read a book on the three branches of government.
Instead of doing another folderbook, I chose to use the figures on a posterboard. I sketched out a 3-branch tree and we taped the folderbook figures on the poster. They cut out leaves and on each leaf they wrote a description on each branch of government. We hung the poster up on the wall to review for the next few days.
I really liked the larger visual of the posterboard and plan to complete a few more this year.
We did go ahead and add the figures for veto, how a bill becomes a law, and Electoral College. Now they are ready for tomorrow’s lessons.