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FC: How Our Government Works


9 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions

Grade: 3rd Grade

Weeks: 2

Pages: 133

Standards: 3.7, 3.10, 3.10d, 3.11, 3.19, 3.20

File Type: pdf

Slide Deck Included: Yes

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In this topic, students will learn about the structure and workings of the U.S. Constitution. Students will learn about how a bill becomes a law, what each of the three branches is responsible for, and how they check and balance each other. They will explain how the federal and state governments are similar yet different and describe some of the ways that citizens participate in our republic (representative democracy).

9 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions

Lessons are developed using all the sources and readings that are in the social studies course frameworks provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.

What does it include?

  1. Detailed lesson plans aligned with the standards and frameworks
  2. Activities that include all the materials provided in the frameworks
  3. Assessments aligned to the new LDOE field test
  4. Lesson activity workbook/worksheets
  5. Slide deck


  • 3.1 Create and use a chronological sequence of related events to compare developments and describe instances of change and continuity. 
  • 3.2 Explain connections between ideas, events, and developments in U.S. history. 
  • 3.3 Use a variety of primary and secondary sources to:
  • 3.3a Analyze social studies content. 
  • 3.3b Explain claims and evidence.
  • 3.3c Compare and contrast multiple sources. 
  • 3.4 Construct and express claims that are supported with relevant evidence from primary and/or secondary sources, content knowledge, and clear reasoning in order to: 
  • 3.4a Demonstrate an understanding of social studies content. 
  • 3.4b Compare and contrast content and viewpoints.
  • 3.4c Explain causes and effects.
  • 3.4d Describe counterclaims. 
  • 3.5 Compare life in the United States in the past and present.
  • 3.6 Identify and describe national historical figures, celebrations, and symbols. 
  • 3.6a Describe the achievements of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
  • 3.6b Describe the significance of state and nationally designated holidays, including Inauguration Day, Washington’s Birthday, and Independence Day.
  • 3.6c Describe the history of American symbols, including the Liberty Bell, U.S. flag (etiquette, customs pertaining to the display and use of the flag), bald eagle, national anthem, Uncle Sam, Statue of Liberty, The Pledge of Allegiance, and the national motto “In God We Trust.”
  • 3.6d Identify and describe man-made American monuments and landmarks including the U.S. Capitol, Washington Monument, and the White House. 
  • 3.7 Describe the significance of major events in the history of the United States, including the American Revolution.
  • 3.10 Recognize functions of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. 
  • 3.10d Compare and contrast representative democracy (republic) and monarchy.
  • 3.11 Identify and describe basic principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
  • 3.19 Create and use maps and models with a key, scale, and compass with intermediate directions.
  • 3.20 Describe the geographic features of places in the United States.

Framing Question

How does our system of government work?

Supporting Questions

  1. What are the powers of each branch of government?
  2. Why is the separation of powers important?
  3. Why do we have federal, state, and local governments? How are they similar, yet different?




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