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Ch 1: Civics & Government for Elementary School

About This Chapter

Let these lessons become a useful addition to your civics and government instruction. Text and video lessons present important information in a lively and engaging style, and teachers can apply this resource to their needs in multiple ways.

Civics & Government for Elementary School - Chapter Summary

Help your students examine the workings of government at all levels in an easy and fun way. Landmark Supreme Court cases, the meaning of democracy and an overview of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights are all covered, along with much more. This chapter can serve several purposes, functioning as a supplement to regular classroom instruction, a homework tool, or a resource for test review and preparation. Your students' interest is maintained using quick little lessons that are well-written, well-researched and well-presented. The videos are less than ten minutes long and brightly animated, so boredom and tedium are never an issue. Each lesson is accompanied by a quiz, enabling teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses, and the chapter exam provides a reliable means to monitor their overall progress.

Who It's For

Kids who need extra help with civics and government will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There's no faster or easier way to learn about civics and government.

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding significant Supreme Court cases such as Miranda vs. Arizona
  • Students with learning disabilities or need a little extra help learning about federal, state and local government
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning social studies (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient and convenient way to learn about civics and government
  • Students who struggle to understand their social studies teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra social studies resources

How It Works

  • Find lessons in the chapter that cover the civics and government topics your student needs to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson with your student or read through the text lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts and highlighted vocab words to reinforce learning about civics and government.
  • Test your student's understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify your student understands civics and government by completing the Civics & Government for Elementary School chapter exam.

57 Lessons in Chapter 1: Civics & Government for Elementary School
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History of Texas: Lesson for Kids

1. History of Texas: Lesson for Kids

Texas is known for its big land, its big football stadium, and its BIG history. In this lesson, learn the history of how Texas became the biggest state in the lower United States.

Texas' Government: Lesson for Kids

2. Texas' Government: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we will explore an overview of the Texas government. Read on to learn about the roles of each branch and big government in a big state.

Miranda v. Arizona Summary: Lesson for Kids

3. Miranda v. Arizona Summary: Lesson for Kids

'You have the right to remain silent . . .' are not just words we hear in police movies or on TV. Rather, they are a result of a Supreme Court case, 'Miranda v. Arizona.' In this lesson, we will learn why the police must say this and how it protects our rights as citizens.

McCulloch v. Maryland Summary: Lesson for Kids

4. McCulloch v. Maryland Summary: Lesson for Kids

In this lesson we'll discuss one of the landmark Supreme Court cases, McCulloch v. Maryland. We will review the case, the ruling, and its lasting impact on how we view the role of states today.

What is Democracy? - Lesson for Kids

5. What is Democracy? - Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, we'll talk about democracies, a type of government system in which people have the power. You'll learn about the first democracy in history and the form of democracy in the United States.

Representative Democracy Lesson for Kids

6. Representative Democracy Lesson for Kids

Voting is a privilege that comes with living in a democracy. But there are different types of democracy. Would you be surprised to learn that the United States is NOT a true democracy? Keep reading to find out more.

The US Constitution Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

7. The US Constitution Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Rules try to make it clear what behaviors are expected and allowed. What rights do you think that all children in your home or school should have? That's what the framers of the United States Constitution got to decide.

Preamble to the Constitution Lesson for Kids

8. Preamble to the Constitution Lesson for Kids

If you were writing a Constitution for a new country, how could you begin to make people understand how important what you're about to say is? Find out why the Founding Fathers used the words they did in the Constitution's preamble and why it is still so important over 200 years later.

The Bill of Rights Lesson for Kids: Definition & Summary

9. The Bill of Rights Lesson for Kids: Definition & Summary

Do you like rules? Do you think your class or family rules are fair? What if you had the chance to improve them? That's what the members of the First Congress of the United States did when they created the Bill of Rights.

Constitutional Rights Lesson for Kids

10. Constitutional Rights Lesson for Kids

Even as a kid, you have rights! In this lesson, read about things you can do thanks to the Constitution. You can say and write what you want and don't have to worry about soldiers having a sleepover in your house!

How a Bill Becomes a Law Lesson for Kids

11. How a Bill Becomes a Law Lesson for Kids

We have lots of laws in our country, but have you ever wondered how they're made? Read about the Pizza Friday bill, Washington, D.C., and the President of the United States of America.

Federal Government Lesson for Kids

12. Federal Government Lesson for Kids

The federal government in Washington, D.C., is made up of three branches. In this lesson, you will read how the people who created the United States decided it was a good idea that each branch keep an eye on each other.

State Government Lesson for Kids

13. State Government Lesson for Kids

Why can an adult ride a motorcycle without a helmet in Florida, but not in Georgia? Because each state can make many of its own laws. Learn about the history of states' rights, the powers states have today, and the structure of state governments.

Local Government Lesson for Kids

14. Local Government Lesson for Kids

What do local governments do? Find out in this lesson, where we also talk about what local governments look like, how they raise money, and how they work together with other levels of government.

Supreme Court Lesson for Kids Facts & Cases

15. Supreme Court Lesson for Kids Facts & Cases

Sometime in your life, maybe on TV, you've probably heard of a Supreme Court decision. But what does this area of the government do? In this lesson, you will read about the Supreme Court, who chooses the judges, some famous cases and how cases are decided.

Political Parties Lesson for Kids

16. Political Parties Lesson for Kids

There are two major political parties in the United States. In this lesson, learn about the history of political parties in our country, and explore ideas and symbols of Republicans and Democrats.

Election Process Lesson for Kids

17. Election Process Lesson for Kids

Have you ever noticed signs in yards and businesses asking people to vote for a particular person or issue? Maybe you've even see people on street corners waving and holding these signs. Read on to find out what that's all about.

Election Day Lesson for Kids

18. Election Day Lesson for Kids

After months of speeches, debates, conventions, and talking about politics, Election Day finally comes and takes over your TV set. But what really happens on Election Day? This lesson will discuss Election Day and the importance of voting.

Immigration Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

19. Immigration Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

For thousands of years, millions of people have been trying to build better lives through immigration. Many are trying to escape war or hunger. Without immigration, many of the things we use each day might not exist.

Alcatraz Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

20. Alcatraz Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

Imagine swimming over a mile across shark-infested and frigid waters to escape from a prison! That's what over 36 different inmates at the famous Alcatraz prison attempted to do over many different years. The prison had a long and interesting history before it closed its doors in 1963.

Executive Branch Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

21. Executive Branch Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

There are three branches of the federal government in the United States and the executive branch is one of them. Come learn about the executive branch, who is in charge of it, and some other neat facts about this branch of government.

What Is a Community? - Lesson for Kids

22. What Is a Community? - Lesson for Kids

There are many communities. In fact, you are probably a part of at least a few communities. In this lesson, you will read about what makes a community and how communities solve problems.

Apartheid Lesson for Kids: Definition & History

23. Apartheid Lesson for Kids: Definition & History

Apartheid was a governmental system used in the country of South Africa that organized people by their race. This system was put in place by European settlers to keep power over the African natives.

Apartheid Lesson for Kids: Timeline & Facts

24. Apartheid Lesson for Kids: Timeline & Facts

In this lesson, you'll learn about the government policy in South Africa that excluded an entire group of people for almost 50 years. We'll explain how the South African people, with the help of the international community, fought for their rights.

Brown v. Board of Education Facts: Lesson for Kids

25. Brown v. Board of Education Facts: Lesson for Kids

Brown V. Board of Education was a landmark court case that changed education in this country. In this lesson, you'll learn the key facts of the case and why it is important.

Canadian Government Facts: Lesson for Kids

26. Canadian Government Facts: Lesson for Kids

This lesson teaches you about the Canadian government. We'll take a peek at the different levels of government and learn about the responsibilities at each level.

Judicial Branch Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

27. Judicial Branch Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

The judicial branch is one of the three branches in the federal government. Find out why we have a court system, the history of the judicial branch, and how it fits in with the other two branches of government.

Memorial Day Facts: Lesson for Kids

28. Memorial Day Facts: Lesson for Kids

While there are many Americans who celebrate Memorial Day every year, most people fail to remember the true meaning of the holiday. Learn about why we celebrate and how the holiday got started, and get some ideas for how you can celebrate Memorial Day.

Veterans Day Lesson for Kids: Facts & History

29. Veterans Day Lesson for Kids: Facts & History

Veterans Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States that honors military veterans. Come learn about how this special holiday started, why it is celebrated on November 11th, and how it has changed over the years.

Child Labor: Lesson for Kids

30. Child Labor: Lesson for Kids

Children are used as cheap labor throughout the world. Many countries have passed laws to stop young children from working, but millions of children still work, often in unsafe conditions.

Necessary and Proper Clause Definition: Lesson for Kids

31. Necessary and Proper Clause Definition: Lesson for Kids

The Necessary and Proper Clause is found in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 18 of the U.S. Constitution. This clause is often considered confusing because different people disagree about what is necessary and proper.

Dictatorship Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

32. Dictatorship Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

Within this lesson on dictatorship, you will learn about the government system and how it has changed over the centuries. We'll explore the role of the dictator and also explore the role of citizens within a dictatorship.

Economics Lesson for Kids: Definition & Terms

33. Economics Lesson for Kids: Definition & Terms

Economics is one of the most important fields in the world, as it is the understanding of economics that can help make a person, a company, or even a country a wealthy place. Come and learn what economics is as well as some basic terms.

Flag Day Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

34. Flag Day Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

Flag Day is a holiday that is often overlooked, but it has a rich history and significance to the United States of America. Come and learn about this holiday in this lesson.

Flag Etiquette: Lesson for Kids

35. Flag Etiquette: Lesson for Kids

Did you know that there are certain rules about our nation's flag? Come and learn about some of these rules, including how to display and acknowledge the flag as well as some rules about what not to do with the flag.

Monarchy Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

36. Monarchy Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

This is a lesson on a government system called monarchy. Within this lesson you will learn about what a monarchy is and also learn about the modern monarchies that exist in the world today.

Politics Definition: Lesson for Kids

37. Politics Definition: Lesson for Kids

What do you know about politics? Did you know that you can get involved in politics just by sharing how you feel about something? Come and learn about what politics is, and find examples of political issues and ways of getting involved.

Republic Definition: Lesson for Kids

38. Republic Definition: Lesson for Kids

Did you know that the United States of America has a republic form of government? Do you know what that means? In this lesson, find out what it would be like to run your own republic!

Uncle Sam Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

39. Uncle Sam Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

Uncle Sam is a cartoon figure that represents the United States. Come learn about Uncle Sam, how he got his name, how his appearance has changed, and some other neat facts about this US symbol.

Types of Government: Lesson for Kids

40. Types of Government: Lesson for Kids

Have you ever thought about how different governments function? Come and learn about types of government, including those that have many leaders, one leader, or no leaders at all.

What is a Veteran? - Lesson for Kids

41. What is a Veteran? - Lesson for Kids

Veterans are some of the bravest people in the United States. Come and learn about what a veteran is, how to honor them, some of the awards given to veterans, as well as some of the most famous veterans of all time.

Labor Day Lesson for Kids: Meaning & History

42. Labor Day Lesson for Kids: Meaning & History

Labor Day is a holiday celebrated every year in September in the United States. This lesson will teach you about Labor Day, how it started, what it celebrates, why it is in September every year, and some other interesting facts about this holiday.

Rights & Responsibilities Lesson for Kids

43. Rights & Responsibilities Lesson for Kids

Do you ever wonder what it means to be a good citizen? In this lesson, we'll learn about rights and responsibilities and explore how they help make our communities better.

What is a Country? - Lesson for Kids

44. What is a Country? - Lesson for Kids

In this lesson, you will learn about what defines a country. You will learn about physical and cultural characteristics of a country, and you can take a short quiz to test your new knowledge.

United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Lesson for Kids

45. United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Lesson for Kids

Throughout history, people have fought for all humans to have basic rights and freedoms. Some people felt it was important to identify these rights so that they can be protected. In this lesson, you will learn about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

United Nations Lessons for Kids: Definition, History & Facts

46. United Nations Lessons for Kids: Definition, History & Facts

Don't you ever just wish we could all get along? Come and learn about the organization that works to make this happen. In this lesson you will learn what the United Nations is, its history, its successes, and its failures.

United Nations Day: Lesson for Kids

47. United Nations Day: Lesson for Kids

There are many dates that are special because they celebrate different things. United Nations Day is a day that is recognized in much of the world. In this lesson, you will learn about United Nations Day and why it is celebrated.

Civil Liberties Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

48. Civil Liberties Lesson for Kids: Definition & Examples

Did you know that you have guaranteed freedoms? That's right, you have freedoms that cannot be taken away by others! In this lesson discover your civil liberties and how they can be exercised.

European Union Lesson for Kids: Definition, History & Facts

49. European Union Lesson for Kids: Definition, History & Facts

The European Union is a collection of countries that work together to pursue common goals. In this lesson, you will learn the fascinating history of how it all began, how things have developed, and what their goals are moving forward.

Criminal Justice System: Lesson for Kids

50. Criminal Justice System: Lesson for Kids

The criminal justice system is a system that keeps citizens safe. In this lesson, learn about the different parts of the criminal justice system, and find out how each part works to protect the people who live in the United States.

Habeas Corpus Lesson for Kids: Definition & Meaning

51. Habeas Corpus Lesson for Kids: Definition & Meaning

Habeas corpus is a funny name, but the idea is important. Learn what habeas corpus means, what a writ of habeas corpus is, and why this funny-sounding idea can be found in the U.S. Constitution.

U.N. Millennium Development Goals: Lesson for Kids

52. U.N. Millennium Development Goals: Lesson for Kids

This lesson will talk about the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Find out why these goals were created, how they're measured, and how close we have come to achieving them.

The World Bank: Lesson for Kids

53. The World Bank: Lesson for Kids

When people or governments do not have money to do something, oftentimes a bank gives them a loan. The World Bank is one of these organizations. In this lesson, you will learn about the World Bank, its history, and what it does in our world.

Congress of Vienna: Lesson for Kids

54. Congress of Vienna: Lesson for Kids

After the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte, leaders of Europe came together to negotiate peace at the Congress of Vienna, keeping Europe from conflict for a century. In this lesson, learn about the steps taken to ensure stability and the legacy of this meeting.

Barracks Communism: Lesson for Kids

55. Barracks Communism: Lesson for Kids

Barracks communism forces people to live and work together, rather than choosing to do so themselves. Learn about how this concept applies to communist governments in this lesson.

Regionalism Definition: Lesson for Kids

56. Regionalism Definition: Lesson for Kids

People living in the same area with similar beliefs and ideals often come together to create governments or structures, a process known as regionalism. Learn about how regionalism affects our world in this lesson.

3rd Grade Economics Project Ideas

57. 3rd Grade Economics Project Ideas

Economics encompasses the social structure by which goods and services are produced, distributed, exchanged, and consumed. This asset contains economics projects for third-grade students.

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