Grade 3 - How Government Helps Our Communities
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Video Storyline: Introduce your students to the 3 branches of government and the roles performed by each. They will also hear about their state and local governments. Lastly, they will begin to understand that they are citizens with rights and responsibilities.
Video length: 14:03 minutes.
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Quizzes – PDF & Online
United States Government Crossword
The 3 Branches of Government
US Government and Communities Interactive Game Overview
Draw A Scene – How Government Helps Our Communities
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How Government Helps Our Communities
Independence Day around the World
Compare/contrast celebrations such as Independence Day in the U.S., Bastille Day (France) and National Revolution Day (Cuba). Explore the similarities and differences between these celebrations.
A cloze piece has full sentences used in the virtual field trip with blanks where students can write in the information that is missing. This task requires close listening to the trip in order to complete it.
Coral reefs are the _______ type of ecosystem in the world. They’ve been around for over _____ million years.
Answers: oldest; 240
Alternatively, you could have students create 5-10 cloze statements and they could share those with the class.
A third alternative is to distribute the cloze worksheets before watching the video. Students can fill them in as they watch.
Students create a quiz based on the information presented for their peers. This can be used as a review for a test, or jigsaw class activity where students are responsible for teaching other students assigned topics.
Students will create government policies about cyberbullying and digital citizenship as if they were in Congress/Senate.
Running the Government
Visit your local city hall and/or state capital to find out more information about how the city and state governments are similar to the federal government. Find out how they create new laws. Discuss opportunities in which older students can become directly involved in their state and federal government. There are several programs that do just this.
Identify key vocabulary terms while previewing each video. Prompt students to find the meaning of each word as they watch the video.
Art and Social Studies
Draw a scene from the video you just watched.
Offer videos to struggling learners as another means of creating knowledge and accessing information.
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Topics Covered In This Video
There are 3 levels of government – local, state, and national
National government has 3 branches
Description of 3 branches
Each state also has 3 branches
Local governments have mayors and councils
People are citizens of all 3 levels
Citizens have rights and responsibilities