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1 - Project Framework

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Social Studies lesson:


One role of our government is to protect our rights. The United States government is “by the people.” This means that the people create the government and decide who will lead them. Our government is “of the people.” This means that each citizen has a say in the government. Our government is “for the people” because it is for the good of everyone.


The United States is a democracy. The people decide who will lead and what the government will do, but there are too many people to vote on every decision. Therefore, people choose representatives, who vote for them in the government. Representatives make decisions and represent the people. Citizens vote for representatives in an election.


citizen:                a person born in a country or who promises to be loyal to the country

democracy:         a system in which the people hold the power of government

representative:    a person who acts for a group of people

election:              the way voters choose people to serve in government



Learning objectives:


1. Students will understand the benefits of a democracy.

2. Students will understand the process and responsibility of representing a group as part of a representative government.

3. Students will identify themselves as leaders and role models within the lower school.

4. Students will learn how to create rules that are fair and promote safety for citizens.

5. Students will identify with the founding fathers as they formed laws for the new nation.

6. Students will learn to cooperate and be respectful as they work to make decisions as a group.


"When students help write the rules, and take part in the process of deciding upon the rules and consequences, they are more apt to feel a sense of belonging and ownership. Students who are empowered in this way begin to self-regulate and develop a sense of pride in the environment they are helping to shape. They are "citizens" in their "classroom society" and are building the foundation for learning how to live in a diverse and democratic society."


From http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.php?DocID=293



21st Century Skills:


1. Students will practice communication skills as they visit other classes for input and draft wording of rules.

2. Students will practice collaboration as they bring suggestions from classes together.

3. Students will practice decision making/problem solving as they determine what rules should be listed and how they will communicate them.

4. Students will conduct research, collecting the opinions of other students.





CE.1       The student will develop the social studies skills responsible citizenship requires, including the ability to

                g)  formulate an informed, carefully reasoned position on a community issue;


CE.2       The student will demonstrate knowledge of the foundations of American constitutional government by

 a)  explaining the fundamental principles of consent of the governed, limited government, rule of law, democracy, and representative government;


CE.3       The student will demonstrate knowledge of citizenship and the rights, duties, and responsibilities of citizens by

       d)  examining the responsibilities of citizenship, including registering and voting, communicating with government officials, participating in political                 campaigns, keeping informed about current issues, and respecting differing opinions in a diverse society;

               e)  evaluating how civic and social duties address community needs and serve the public good. 


CE.4       The student will demonstrate knowledge of personal character traits that facilitate thoughtful and effective participation in civic life by

a)    practicing trustworthiness and honesty;

b)    practicing courtesy and respect for the rights of others;

c)    practicing responsibility, accountability, and self-reliance;

d)    practicing respect for the law;

e)    practicing patriotism;

f)     practicing decision making;

g)    practicing service to the school and/or local community.





1.     Creativity and Innovation

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. Students:


a.                apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.

b.                create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

 c.                use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.


2.     Communication and Collaboration

Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. Students:


a.                interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media.

b.                communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.

c.                contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems.

3.     Research and Information Fluency

        Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students:


a.                locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media.

b.                evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the appropriateness to specific tasks.

c.                process data and report results.

4.      Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:


a.            identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.

b.            plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.

c.            collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.

d.            use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.


Learning Dispositions:


1. Students will build confidence as they take a leadership role within the lower school.

2. Students will cooperate as they work as a group to collect data, make decisions, and announce rules.

3. Students will feel a sense of purpose as they create something useful for the lower school community.

4. Students will reflect upon their learning as they create a blog about their experience.


2 - Evidence of Learning


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