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Branching Out About the Government
Branching Out About the Government
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Branching Out About the Government
In this “leafy” lesson, your students will participate in a class project that shows the actions of the three branches of government. Using a close read, students will learn about the very specific actions of these branches.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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The Branches of Government
The Branches of Government
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The Branches of Government
Teach your students about the people who decide which laws to pass. Activate the critical thinking skills of your students by having them decide the laws that they would like to modify!
5th grade
Social studies
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What are Checks and Balances?
What are Checks and Balances?
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What are Checks and Balances?
Life is about balance, and that applies to government too! Use this civics lesson with your students to teach them about the system of checks and balances, and why these are an important part of American government.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Piecing Together U.S. Cities
Piecing Together U.S. Cities
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Piecing Together U.S. Cities
Let’s travel across the United States! In this city-themed lesson that integrates reading and social studies, students explore the culture and history of the cities in the United States.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Constitution Carousel
Constitution Carousel
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Constitution Carousel
In this civics lesson, your students will examine artwork and participate in a carousel activity as they discuss the Constitution of the United States.
5th grade
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Elections and Conditions
Elections and Conditions
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Elections and Conditions
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand details in a sentence by identifying conditional phrases. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Revolutionary War Vocabulary
Revolutionary War Vocabulary
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Revolutionary War Vocabulary
Use this lesson to help your ELs learn key vocabulary terms that they will see in future lessons about the American Revolution. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson A Living Timeline: The American Revolution.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Vocabulary in the Declaration of Independence
Vocabulary in the Declaration of Independence
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Vocabulary in the Declaration of Independence
Help students decode tricky language in the Declaration of Independence with an integrated vocabulary and history lesson. After reviewing vocabulary as a class, students will rewrite the Declaration of Independence in kid-friendly language.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Opinions Matter
Opinions Matter
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Opinions Matter
Help your students learn how opinions are formed with this engaging lesson on likes, dislikes, and what they have to do with perspective. They'll love making connections between their personal opinions and those of book characters.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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The Impact of Westward Expansion
The Impact of Westward Expansion
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The Impact of Westward Expansion
How did westward expansion impact people living in the United States? Use this history lesson to give students an overview of the people and events involved. Then help them reflect on multiple perspectives in an informational paragraph.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Voting Rights: Women's Suffrage Movement
Voting Rights: Women's Suffrage Movement
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Voting Rights: Women's Suffrage Movement
Use this civics lesson, which explores the suffrage movement for women, to teach your students about the importance of voting rights for all citizens.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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A Deeper Look into the Preamble to the Constitution
A Deeper Look into the Preamble to the Constitution
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A Deeper Look into the Preamble to the Constitution
Understanding the Constitution is an important civic duty. This lesson gives your students a chance to break down the Preamble to the Constitution into manageable chunks, and translate it into student-friendly language.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Prepositions vs. Conjunctions
Prepositions vs. Conjunctions
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Prepositions vs. Conjunctions
Challenge students with a discussion about prepositions and conjunctions in this lesson. Your class will write a journal entry to explain the function of the prepositions and conjunctions in a specific sentence.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
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Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
What's the difference between primary and secondary sources? This lesson will compare the two types of sources and ask students to discuss the benefits of using each source.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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The Declaration's Purpose
The Declaration's Purpose
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The Declaration's Purpose
July 4, 1776, was an important day in U.S. history because an important document was signed. Use this civics lesson to help young historians learn about the purpose of the Declaration of Independence.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Indigenous People’s Day: Native American Leaders of  Diplomacy, Resistance and Justice
Indigenous People’s Day: Native American Leaders of Diplomacy, Resistance and Justice
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Indigenous People’s Day: Native American Leaders of Diplomacy, Resistance and Justice
In this 2-day lesson honoring Indigenous People’s Day, children will learn about powerful Native American leaders, how they led and what they stood for. Students will actively engage in research, art integration and presenting to peers.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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My Community and I
My Community and I
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My Community and I
In this lesson, students will develop an understanding of communities and will learn how to locate their communities on a map.
2nd grade
Social studies
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Word Problem Vocabulary Preparation
Word Problem Vocabulary Preparation
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Word Problem Vocabulary Preparation
Prepare your ELs for word problems involving income and money in this vocabulary-based lesson. Use this lesson on its own or as support to the lesson Multi-Step Word Problems.
5th grade
Math
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Informational Essay: Prewriting With Research
Informational Essay: Prewriting With Research
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Informational Essay: Prewriting With Research
Students begin their informational writing process by gathering information through research. They will use a graphic organizer to record important information and sources and reflect on how to present the information.
6th grade
Reading & Writing
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Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
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Connecting the Coasts: Effects of the Transcontinental Railroad
Look at history! In this lesson, guide students through an exploration of the context, causes, and effects of the Transcontinental Railroad, and help them practice identifying the main idea and supporting details in a nonfiction text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Lesson Plans

It’s important for citizens of all ages to understand how the government works and the role they are expected to play. With these government lesson plans, children learn about the rights guaranteed to them by the Constitution, learn about the three equally important branches of the U.S. government, explore how laws are created, and more.