January 4

posted Jan 4, 2012, 6:13 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Jan 4, 2012, 6:45 AM ]
Civics 1.2 Understand the purposes, organization, and function of governments, laws, and political systems.
Essential Question: How does government affect you in your daily lives?

Day # 79Date:  January 4, 2012Social Studies Standards 
Vocabulary Terms 
Target Question
Who are your local elected officials?
WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN TODAY
Content ObjectiveStudents will begin thinking about the many ways that governments affect their lives at a local level.WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN ABOUT THE SUBJECT
Language Objective   Students will generate a list of ways that government affects their lives. HOW YOU WILL COMMUNICATE WHAT YOU LEARN

Activity
Instruction
Class Activity:
1) We take a quick look at the results from last night's Iowa's caucus

2) We start in on our new unit on state and local government.
Let's begin with a quick check to see if you know some of your state and local elected officials with this MATCHING GAME. (There are only 5 matches per screen; reload to try a different batch)

How did you do? Did you know any of them? Had you even HEARD of any of them?

It is interesting that many people don't know the names of the people in their own communities whose decisions have major impacts on their lives. As the handout says,

Despite the fact that most attention in politics goes to high profile positions such as the President, Senators and Representatives, most of the direct impacts of government on your life come from decisions made much closer to home. State, regional, and local elected officials and the policies they pursue make a daily impact on your life, even if you aren't aware of it. 

So how does government impact your daily life? In small groups, make a list of the ways that government plays a role in what you can and can't, should and shouldn't, and are able or unable to do in your daily life.

After discussing in small groups, we'll share with the class. Be ready to explain your list.

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT WHAT TO DO


REMEMBER: To do your best on summative assessments, you'll need to use not only the information that we've discussed in class, but also include information from outside of classroom activities, either from information you already know, or from additional research you complete. Conduct your own research if necessary, or visit the Extension link below for ideas.
Formative Assessment

Homework:

1. The State Legislatures (24.1)

631-637

2-6

1/5

HOW YOU WILL DEMONSTRATE WHAT YOU'VE LEARNED TODAY
Summative Assessment


Our next summative (graded) assessment will be a blog post in answer to the following question:  
Explain how local and state governments play a role in your life. 
WHAT TO DO WHEN FINISHED WITH TODAY'S ACTIVITIES 
Extension


WHAT TO DO IF YOU'VE FINISHED THIS WEEK'S SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
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Peter Knowles,
Jan 4, 2012, 6:13 AM
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