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Subject: Teaching Government
Date Posted: 10/7/2008 9:23 AM ET
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One requirement in my state is to teach the subject of "Government".  Does anyone have any resources or suggestions on how to do that?  I'm looking for something appropriate for grades 1-3.

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 10:26 AM ET
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 Here is a few links

http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/index.html

http://www.allcrafts.net/patriotic.htm#projects

I'm getting ready to plan some lessons on this subject, I'll get back to you(i have some ideas on my other computer) We have began to read

Sh We're Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz (I'm reading this aloud to my son)

Will You Sign Here, John Hancock?  by Jean FRritz

If you were there when they signed the Constitution    by Elizabeth Levy

Ready to Read (Stories of Famous Americans) John Adams Speaks for Freedom  level 3    by Deborah Hopkinson     I'm having my son read this book for his individual reading time



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Date Posted: 10/7/2008 5:04 PM ET
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I love the "History Speaks" series from Teaching & Learning Company.

www.teachinglearning.com/store/search.php

They are from 4th and up, though.  Many are posted here.  I've rec'd nearly the entire series from PBS.

Your state requires government classes for early elementary? ???? Wow, I haven't seen that!

The Teaching & Learning Company has other great books for early elementary.  Some of their stuff (if not all) is available as e-books at CurrClick.com

www.currclick.com/

You could probably find other great e-books there, too.

My son has LOVED the 30th Anniversary Edition of Schoolhouse Rock.  It is sooooo good!  I think it should be required in every HS'ers home!  We've had it for 6 years or so and frequently refer to it.  It's been $13 at Target for quite some time.  I paid $25 for mine, so that's a steal!

Many government offices have tons of free educational materials; the U.S. Mint, the Treasury Department, etc., and their websites.  Most have kids' websites.  Check your governor's office, your state/local natural resources dept, your legislators and senators offices, etc.

On informational sites, government or otherwise, always search for "teacher" or "educator" resources.

Another great site online and in person, is the National Parks Service.  They have "Web Ranger" and "Junior Ranger" programs.

Cub Scouts, and probably  Girl Scouts, have lessons/requirements for civics.  For BSA, you don't need to have a scout to purchase/use the materials - just visit your local council office/store.

We have lot of "living history" in literature books - lots and lost of biographies, Kids Discover magazines, etc.

I'll add/edit this if I think of more.  This is all off the top of my head.

Subject: government
Date Posted: 10/7/2008 5:12 PM ET
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For grades 1-3  definitely go to your local state house and court house and take a tour.   Ask to speak with an employee (even a security guard). What do they do there?     Photos are great, if allowed. And the kids remember the event years later when they study the subject in more detail.

Jean Fritz has a series of books for the younger group,  Girl Scouts have a program for varoius ages, and there's always School House Rock.



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Date Posted: 10/8/2008 8:46 AM ET
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Wow thanks for all the information!  It's exactly what I need.  Nubbin I would be interested in knowing more about the lessons you are making on the subject.

The state law doesn't have the requirements broken down by age group.  They just list the required subjects as a whole.  So I guess it may not be as important to get a lot of government teaching to them at this early age.  But reading children's books on the subject and taking tours sounds like an awesome idea!  Thanks.

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 11:18 AM ET
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I'm sorry I don't have titles, but I was checking out the children's section of our public library to see if there were any videotapes/DVDs about John Adams since all of the ones in the adult section were checked out when I wanted them this week, and found that there were a LOT of DVD's about US history and government that were for younger kids.  I'd recommend checking out your library, if you have one available.

If you're really interested, PM me and I'll check our library's website to get the title and publisher of the series that I though looked really good.



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Date Posted: 10/8/2008 4:04 PM ET
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Cindy, that reminds me.  There are some really great Schlessinger (sp?) Media videos.  They might all be world history, but it wouldn't surprise me if they had some American History ones.

www.libraryvideo.com/sm/sm_home.asp

Check your library or ask your children's librarian.

Subject: U.S History
Date Posted: 10/8/2008 4:37 PM ET
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For videos and computer software there are Liberty Kids.  Even my teenager enjoys this children's cartoon.

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 5:11 PM ET
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Oh yes, how could I forget Liberty's Kids!!!  That would be my #2 suggestion behind Schoolhouse Rock!

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 9:09 PM ET
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Schlessinger - yeah, it was something like that, I think. If I remember right they had two different series of video tapes about US History. One was for young kids and one was for maybe middle school through high school. Sheesh! I'm at home now and just realized that one is on the table behind me. It is Schlessinger Media. The series is titled "United Sates History: Origins to 2000" and it's for kids from grades 5-12. The one I have is vol. 6, called "Expansionism." We're moving into Jefferson, the Louisiana Territory and Lewis & Clark. My husband and I  have Monday off. We are planning to take Tuesday as a vacation day so we can drive down to St. Louis  to see the arch and the wonderful museum at the base of it. DH and I were there a few years ago and thought this is the time to take the boys. One thing I liked about this series is that inside the case there is a teacher's guide. It has a program summary, a time line, a vocabulary list, some "pre-viewing discussion" questions, questions for follow-up discussion and even some follow-up activities. Very handy since I'm cobbling together our US History class. Cindy <p>Hmmm . . . we have a new Mac and I'm not used to the appearance differences in my posts. Be patient with me while I figure it out, please. :-)



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