Lesson  Our Government Introduction
Content Area  Social Studies
Unit Government
Standards People in rural, urban, and suburban communities develop rules and laws to govern and protect community members.


Objective Students will be able to use a variety of intellectual skills to demonstrate their understanding of major ideas, themes, eras, developments, and turning points in the history of the United States and New York.

Students will be able to recognize that to be fair, everyone must have a chance to participate in making it.

  1. Ask: “Have you ever been with friends and had to choose what you wanted for snack or what game to play? How did you decide?”
  2. Read aloud/discuss the story, “Let’s Choose a Name!” – BIG book pg. 232
  3. Ask: How does the class decide what name the puppy should have?”
  4. Show the Mr. Roger’s election booth YouTube clip below.  Explain/discuss the importance of voting in privacy.
  5. Activity: Choose something to have a quick mock vote over in the classroom.
  6. Discuss the significance of voting and transfer that concept to our country.
  7. Hand out a student copy of the alphabox.
  8. Use the BIG book pages 238-239.
  9. Ask students to write the word “government” in the ‘g’ box.  Use pg. 238 to help define/ explain the word to students.
  10. Repeat #8 for the words: Capitol, court, citizen, election, fairness, freedom, governor, hero, laws, mayor, monument, White House, symbols, Nation, Mount Rushmore, Statue of Liberty.
  11. Explain to students that these are some of the words that we will learn about in our first Social Studies unit.   Have students safely keep their alpha-box in the social studies folder so that we can continue to add to it.

  • Alpha-box class set
  • BIG book text pg. 235-239
  • United States Resource Guide Activity Box pg. 8 – class set



Formative Assessment  My Personal Pledge (pg 8)

Students will write a pledge to something or someone.


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