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U.S. Government: Laws

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Recommended Books:

  • Chickens May Not Cross The Road And Other Crazy (But True) Laws by Kathi Linz
  • If You Were There When They Signed The Constitution by Elizabeth Levy
  • A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution by Betsy Maestro
  • D is for Democracy: A Citizen’s Alphabet by Elissa Grodin
  • Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote by Herman Parish
  • Know And Follow Rules by Cheri J. Meiners
  • Good Citizen Sarah (The Way I Act series) by Virginia L. Kroll
  • Susan B. Anthony: Fighter for Freedom and Equality by Suzanne Slade

Topics:

  • The United States of America is a federal republic made up of 50 states and one federal district (District of Columbia). What does republic mean?
  • The government has three levels: Federal, State and Local. Discuss the difference between state and federal laws.
  • Citizens elect officials to represent and govern the people according to the established constitutional laws. What are constitutional laws? What are amendments?
  • Laws are the set of rules people live by. Define and discuss rules, laws, rights
  • Discuss equal rights issues and changes, such as slavery and women’s rights
  • Offer biographies on key people (leaders and heroes) associated with rights and laws (MLK, Susan B Anthony, etc.)
  • What does freedom fighter mean? Discuss similar terms (such as protester) and offer examples in history.
  • Discuss immigration and citizenship

The Constitution of the United States is the highest law in our country:

  • It was written in 1787 by a group of men known as The Framers ~ original document
  • The Preamble is a brief introductory statement to explain the Constitution’s purpose and its principles
  • It states how the government works and lists key rights of the people (Bill of Rights)
  • The Constitution splits up the government into three parts: Legislative, Executive and Judicial parts
  • Legislative is The Congress ~ they make the laws
  • Executive is The President ~ he enforces the laws
  • Judicial is The Courts ~ they decide what the law means when it is questioned
  • All three parts have to work together because the power is shared by all three to help protect the people

Activity:

You can use the following to discuss rules from a personal perspective:

  • What rules do you know about?
  • What rules do you have to follow at home?
  • Who makes the rules?
  • What happens if you break a rule?
  • Do we need rules? Why?

Worksheets:

Related Resources:

Craft: Room Rules Door Hanger

Spanish:

law/laws = la ley/las leyes

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