1. Topic-
Government and Civics
2. Content-

Students will describe how their local government is structured (e.g., mayor, city council, judge-executive, fiscal court, local courts) and compare their local government to other community governments in Kentucky
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. For students to gain an understanding of the need for government.
2. For students to gain an understanding of how government officials are elected into office.
4. Objectives-
1. The student will identify the roles of local government.
2. The student will understand the need for rules within schools and communities.
3. The student will explain how government officials come into office.
5. Materials and Aids-
Computer, Smart Board
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1. Teacher will ask students, "Who thinks that school should start at 10:00 in the morning instead of 8:00?" Teacher will give students time to raise hands. Teacher will then say, " Well, let's vote!" The teacher will explain what voting means and take a class vote. The teacher will write results on the board and explain that when a group or small community of people vote on something, the majority rules.

2. Teacher will lead a class discussion on why rules are important at school and in our community.

3. Teacher will show a video on Brain Pop Jr. about Local Governments.


B. Development-

Teacher will explain to students that they will run for a class office. Teacher will explain the three offices that students will run for: President, Vice-president and Secretary. TTW explain the duties and students will receive information to take home as well about the duties of each class office. Each student will be nominated for ONE of the class offices. Teacher will also explain that students will have a week to campaign and on the day before voting, students will give a short speech about why they would be the best candidate. The County Clerk will also be coming to school to talk about the voting process and show the voting machine.


C. Practice-

Students will be put into groups of 4 to 5 . They will come up with one rule for the classroom that they feel is the most important. Each group will present their rule to the class.

D. Independent Practice-

Groups will present their "rule" to the class and the class will "vote" by raising their hand whether or not to adopt that rule or not into our classroom rules.

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

Assistance will be provided for those students with an IEP.

F. Checking for understanding-

Students will complete an exit slip, explaining why rules are important at school.

G. Closure-

*Students will take home the information about class offices. Within this unit, the class will nominate their classmates for the three offices, the nominees will have one week of campaigning, ending with a speech about why they would be the best candidate for the job and finally, voting on a paper ballot.

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