Ch 3: US States & Federalism Lesson Plans & Resources

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In this chapter, our instructors present lesson plans and other resources to help you teach your students about U.S. states and federalism. You'll review lesson plans for teaching about Federalism, federal and state powers, and the Constitutions of states such as Arizona, North Carolina and Missouri. If you're struggling with your lesson planning or want to freshen your teaching style and curriculum, this chapter can help.

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33 Lessons in Chapter 3: US States & Federalism Lesson Plans & Resources
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What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

1. What is Federalism? - Definition & Factors of U.S. Adoption

The United States government is based on federalism, with governmental power divided between several entities. This lesson explores federalism and explains the factors that led to its use in the U.S.

Federalism Activities for High School

2. Federalism Activities for High School

Your high school students can benefit from mind-bending activities when it comes to the topic of federalism. This lesson gives you a few ideas on how you can approach this topic in a fun way.

Federalism Lesson Plan for Elementary School

3. Federalism Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about federalism. Students will be able to answer questions using text evidence to support their answers and discuss the pros and cons of federalism using domain-specific vocabulary.

Federalism: Lesson for Kids

4. Federalism: Lesson for Kids

Federalism is one way to arrange a country's government. Learn what federalism is, how it can be more or less centralized, and what the pros and cons of federalist systems are. We'll also cover some different countries with federalist governments.

Federal & State Powers Lesson Plan

5. Federal & State Powers Lesson Plan

If your class is studying about the United States government, consider using this lesson to introduce federalism. Students will pretend to be lawyers and present arguments related to key Supreme Court cases and then create games to test their knowledge about federalism.

Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States

6. Division of Powers Between the National Government and the States

The U.S. Constitution uses federalism to divide governmental powers between the federal government and the individual state governments. This lesson explores this division of powers by looking at Supreme Court decisions.

Arizona Constitution Lesson Plan

7. Arizona Constitution Lesson Plan

This lesson introduces students to the Arizona Constitution. Students will perform skits about Arizona's constitutional components and debate the inclusion of certain provisions in the constitution. An extension activity is included for students to write a constitution for an imaginary state.

Components of the Arizona Constitution

8. Components of the Arizona Constitution

The Arizona state constitution is the main governing document for Arizona. In place since Arizona was granted statehood in 1912, it includes several unique provisions. This lesson looks at some of the major components of Arizona's constitution.

Missouri Constitution Lesson Plan

9. Missouri Constitution Lesson Plan

Teach students about the nuanced history of the Missouri Constitution with help from this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson, compare and contrast the state's constitution, and show understanding with an activity and quiz.

The Missouri Constitution: Facts & History

10. The Missouri Constitution: Facts & History

Missouri is a state that was born out the slavery controversy that led to the Civil War. Missouri has had four different constitutions in its' almost 200 year history. State constitutions are only subject to the rules of the federal government set forth in the United States Constitution. Taking a close look at the various state constitutions show that slavery and race relations played a important role throughout its history.

Ohio Constitution Lesson Plan

11. Ohio Constitution Lesson Plan

Reading and understanding important historical documents is an important skill. This lesson helps students analyze the Ohio Constitution with a text lesson, activity, and quiz.

Analyzing the Ohio Constitution of 1851

12. Analyzing the Ohio Constitution of 1851

In 1851, the state of Ohio had an over-powerful state legislature, antiquated rules for the state's Supreme Court, and a tax code that couldn't meet the state's revenue needs. Learn how the 1851 constitution addressed those issues.

Illinois Constitution Lesson Plan

13. Illinois Constitution Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is a tool for helping students learn about the Illinois Constitution. Students will read a passage that will enable them to answer questions and provide important information about the Illinois state government.

The Illinois Constitution: History & Facts

14. The Illinois Constitution: History & Facts

The Illinois Constitution is the primary document that outlines how the state runs and is governed. In this lesson, we will look how it came to be, how it has evolved, and some of the facts about the constitution.

North Carolina Constitution Lesson Plan

15. North Carolina Constitution Lesson Plan

Educate your students about the North Carolina Constitution with this lesson plan. They will review a text lesson, take a related follow-up quiz, and participate in activities about the constitution to reinforce concepts.

History of the North Carolina Constitution

16. History of the North Carolina Constitution

North Carolina has a long history, and that history has been captured in its state constitutions. In this lesson, we'll explore each of these and see how they reflect changes in North Carolina.

Ohio Government Lesson Plan

17. Ohio Government Lesson Plan

This lesson will help your students learn about the Ohio government. Students will read a text lesson, participate in group activities, and prove their knowledge with a short quiz.

Florida Government Lesson Plan

18. Florida Government Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the state government and constitution of Florida. They will apply this knowledge by forming in-class political parties and campaigning for various offices.

Florida Government: Structure & Branches

19. Florida Government: Structure & Branches

In this lesson, we will learn about the structure and branches that constitute the state government of Florida. Florida has a system similar to the federal government, with executive, legislative, and judicial branches.

Kentucky Government Lesson Plan

20. Kentucky Government Lesson Plan

Every state has its own government, and with this lesson plan, students will learn about the history and structure of Kentucky's. They will learn to use the state constitution to decipher information about how the government works.

Kentucky Government: Structure & History

21. Kentucky Government: Structure & History

Kentucky, like all states, maintains its own constitution and government. In this lesson, we will check out Kentucky's government, and see how power is divided.

Maryland Government Lesson Plan

22. Maryland Government Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will learn about Maryland's government. They will read a lesson, participate in an interactive question and answer activity, complete a quiz, and create a skit.

Maryland Government: Structure, Branches & Facts

23. Maryland Government: Structure, Branches & Facts

In this lesson, we will explore the basic structure of Maryland's government. Made up of three branches, the Maryland government is very similar to the governments of other states.

Missouri Government Lesson Plan

24. Missouri Government Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, your students will learn about the structure and role of Missouri's government. They will examine the lawmaking process in a mock session of the state legislature.

Missouri State Government: Branches & Structure

25. Missouri State Government: Branches & Structure

Missouri, like all states, has its own government. But what's it look like? In this lesson, we are going to check out Missouri's constitution and state government.

New York State Constitution Lesson Plan

26. New York State Constitution Lesson Plan

Students will explore the New York State constitution and its articles in this lesson plan. They will read watch a video, read a lesson, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

New York State Constitution: Rights & Responsibilities

27. New York State Constitution: Rights & Responsibilities

When it was approved over 200 years ago, the New York State Constitution outlined the government and structure of one of the original members of the 13 colonies. Composed of 20 Articles, it outlines the rights and responsibilities of both citizens and government, which you can read about in this lesson.

New Mexico Government Lesson Plan

28. New Mexico Government Lesson Plan

Teach your students about New Mexico's state government. In this lesson plan, we will explore New Mexico statehood and all three branches of their government: executive, legislative, and judicial.

New Mexico Government: History, Structure & Facts

29. New Mexico Government: History, Structure & Facts

New Mexico's government is both very old, and relatively young. In this lesson, we're going to explore why this is and check out the three branches of the state's government.

Maine State Government: Structure Facts

30. Maine State Government: Structure Facts

Maine is an important US state, home to over a million people. In this lesson, we are going to check out the government that leads the people of Maine and see how it allocates power.

Federalism Lesson Plan

31. Federalism Lesson Plan

What is federalism and how does it impact our lives? A video lesson explains key concepts while an activity presents real life examples. Extensions and related lessons help to further this discussion.

State Float Project Ideas

32. State Float Project Ideas

To get students more engaged with history or geography lessons, consider hosting a parade in which each student (or group of students) designs a float. This basic idea can be built into your classroom in many ways.

State Project Ideas for 5th Grade

33. State Project Ideas for 5th Grade

Helping students gain an understanding about the state in which they live is an important part of a child's education. It is also fun for students to learn about other states in the Union.

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