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Ch 2: US Government for Elementary School

About This Chapter

Elementary school students can learn about US government with these fun and engaging lessons. These learning resources can be used to supplement class instruction, as well as help kids study for upcoming exams.

US Government for Elementary School - Chapter Summary

This chapter is designed to help reinforce the US government topics your elementary students have been learning in history class. As students go through the chapter, they'll learn about the United States government, including its branches and Constitution. These government topics are taught by expert instructors who craft their lessons to help kids enjoy the learning process. Practice quizzes are also included to help parents and teachers assess their students' comprehension of the material.

Who It's For

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

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding the branches of government and Constitutional amendments
  • Students who have learning disabilities or need a little extra help learning about the the US government
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about history (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient and convenient way to learn about the US government
  • Students who struggle to understand their history teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra history resources

How It Works

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

28 Lessons in Chapter 2: US Government for Elementary School
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Branches of Government: Lesson for Kids

1. Branches of Government: Lesson for Kids

The government system within the United States is not run by one person or dictator, instead it is a shared power between three different branches. Read this lesson to find out how these three branches work together in a balance of power.

Articles of the Constitution: Lesson for Kids

2. Articles of the Constitution: Lesson for Kids

In order to put something together correctly, you need instructions. In this lesson, discover the articles of the Constitution -- also known as the instructions for America's government!

Citizenship: Lesson for Kids

3. Citizenship: Lesson for Kids

It easy for those of us born in the United States to take our citizenship for granted. Many people work hard to earn their citizenship here! In this lesson, you will learn about the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens and what immigrants must do to become citizens.

Twin Towers Lesson for Kids: Facts & History

4. Twin Towers Lesson for Kids: Facts & History

The Twin Towers were some of the most iconic American buildings in history. Come and learn their story, from the time they were built to the time that they fell and some of the amazing feats that took place in between.

Pentagon Memorial Lesson for Kids: Facts & History

5. Pentagon Memorial Lesson for Kids: Facts & History

The Pentagon Memorial honors the people who died at the Pentagon during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Learn about what happened the day of the attack, this memorial site, how it is designed and some other interesting information about it.

Clean Air Act: Lesson for Kids

6. Clean Air Act: Lesson for Kids

How important is clean air to a person's body? In this lesson, find out about the Clean Air Act. Discover when it was created and how it helps Americans stay healthy.

Roe v. Wade: Lesson for Kids

7. Roe v. Wade: Lesson for Kids

There have been many court cases in the history of the world that have had an enormous impact on today's culture and society--Roe v. Wade being one of them. Come and learn about both sides of this case and its outcome.

Voting Rights Act of 1965 Lesson for Kids: Summary & Facts

8. Voting Rights Act of 1965 Lesson for Kids: Summary & Facts

Today, voting is a right for all American citizens, but this hasn't always been the case. In this lesson, you'll learn why the Civil Rights Voting Act of 1965 was such an important piece of legislation.

Federalist Papers Lesson for Kids: Summary & Definition

9. Federalist Papers Lesson for Kids: Summary & Definition

Learn about the Federalist Papers and the three men who wrote them: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. The Federalist Papers explain a lot about the U.S. Constitution.

Anti-Federalist Papers: Lesson for Kids

10. Anti-Federalist Papers: Lesson for Kids

After the Revolutionary War, the United States created a new government and a document, the Constitution, to guide the new nation. Some Americans were opposed to the new government being formed. In this lesson, you will learn about the Anti-Federalist Papers and why they were important.

USA PATRIOT Act Lesson for Kids: Definition & Summary

11. USA PATRIOT Act Lesson for Kids: Definition & Summary

In the United States, one of the purposes of laws created by our government is to keep people safe. The USA Patriot Act is one such example. In this lesson, you will learn why the USA Patriot was created, its purpose as well as some of its provisions.

U.S. State Department: Lesson for Kids

12. U.S. State Department: Lesson for Kids

The United States government is made up of different agencies responsible for carrying out different duties. The U.S. State Department is one of these agencies. In this lesson, you will learn about the history of this department and its duties.

U.S. National Anthem Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

13. U.S. National Anthem Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

What do baseball, basketball, and football all have in common besides the fact that they're all sports played with a ball? Read on to find out the answer and learn more about our national anthem.

U.S. Pledge of Allegiance Lesson for Kids: Words, Meaning & History

14. U.S. Pledge of Allegiance Lesson for Kids: Words, Meaning & History

What does the flag stand for and why do we pledge allegiance to it? In this lesson, you will learn the history of the Pledge of Allegiance as well as its words and meaning.

Northwest Ordinance of 1787 Lesson for Kids: Definition & Summary

15. Northwest Ordinance of 1787 Lesson for Kids: Definition & Summary

The Northwest Ordinance of 1787 established a way to divide and govern the Northwest Territory and described how new states could enter the Union. Learn about this law and its three stages for territories to become states.

Judicial Review: Lesson for Kids

16. Judicial Review: Lesson for Kids

If there were no lawyers and judges to make sure laws are followed and justice is served, we would have chaos like in the Wild, Wild West! This lesson explains how the courts use judicial review to keep our society running smoothly.

Marbury v. Madison Judicial Review: Lesson for Kids

17. Marbury v. Madison Judicial Review: Lesson for Kids

The case of William Marbury and James Madison may have seemed trivial in the early 1800s, but it had a lasting impact on the power of the Supreme Court. Come learn about this complicated, yet very interesting part of our history.

Virginia Plan Lesson for Kids: Definition & Summary

18. Virginia Plan Lesson for Kids: Definition & Summary

The Virginia Plan was one of the major proposals presented at the Constitutional Convention. This lesson will explore how it played a role in creating the modern-day U.S. government.

New Jersey Plan Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

19. New Jersey Plan Lesson for Kids: Definition & Facts

The New Jersey Plan was one of the plans presented at the Constitutional Convention. This lesson will explore how it helped form parts of the government of the United States.

New Jersey Plan vs. Virginia Plan: Lesson for Kids

20. New Jersey Plan vs. Virginia Plan: Lesson for Kids

The Virginia Plan and the New Jersey Plan were two proposals on how to restructure the American form of government. This lesson will describe both of those plans and explain how a compromise helped to create the U.S. Constitution.

Dawes Act Lesson for Kids: Definition & Summary

21. Dawes Act Lesson for Kids: Definition & Summary

The Dawes Act was an 1887 law that divided land owned by Native American tribes, giving pieces of it to individual Native Americans instead. Come learn about this law and why it didn't work.

Scopes Monkey Trial: Lesson for Kids

22. Scopes Monkey Trial: Lesson for Kids

Learn about John Scopes and the so-called 'Monkey Trial.' The Monkey Trial was a famous court case about teaching the scientific theory of evolution in public schools.

Compromise of 1850 Lesson for Kids: Definition, Summary & Facts

23. Compromise of 1850 Lesson for Kids: Definition, Summary & Facts

The leaders of our government are charged with creating laws that help our country. At the same time, lawmakers must balance the desires of some in order to maintain peace. In this lesson, you will learn how the Compromise of 1850 tried to do just that.

Juneteenth Celebration Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

24. Juneteenth Celebration Lesson for Kids: History & Facts

Do you like celebrations? Do you like the freedoms granted to you as an American? Well, combine those and you get Juneteenth. Come and learn about what Juneteenth is, its history and how you can join the party.

Monroe Doctrine Lesson for Kids: Summary, History & Facts

25. Monroe Doctrine Lesson for Kids: Summary, History & Facts

This lesson covers the Monroe Doctrine, which was given as part of a speech by President James Monroe in 1823. Find out what the Monroe Doctrine said, how it shaped United States involvement in the Western Hemisphere, and its lasting impact today.

Why is Voting Important? - Lesson for Kids

26. Why is Voting Important? - Lesson for Kids

Voting is an important process in our country through which leaders are selected to make laws and solve problems. In this lesson, explore the history of voting, discover why it is important to vote, and learn why you should vote in every election.

Ben Carson Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

27. Ben Carson Lesson for Kids: Biography & Facts

Ben Carson is now a member of the U.S. government, but he has spent most of his life as a medical doctor. In this lesson, you'll learn about his life and achievements.

Worcester v. Georgia: Lesson for Kids

28. Worcester v. Georgia: Lesson for Kids

This lesson talks about the 1832 case of Worcester v. Georgia, which challenged a Georgia law that required non-Cherokee people to have a license if they wanted to live on Cherokee land. Find out what decision the court made, and how the decision had an effect on laws that involved Native Americans, state governments, and the federal government.

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