ERIC Number: ED461599
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
The Birth of a City. Grade 3 Model Lesson for Unit 5, Standard 4. California History-Social Science Course Models.
Delameter, Cynthia; Reems, Kemberly
Through reading a selected piece of literature and developing an imaginary city, students learn about the functions of local government and the incorporation process. They learn about the basic structure of the U.S. government and participate in a simulated city council meeting. Government is defined as the people and groups within a society with the authority to make, carry out, and enforce laws and to manage disputes about those laws. The study of government begins with students looking at the governance of the family and the school as analogous to the governance of the larger community and the nation. Suggested time for unit implementation is 3 weeks. Following a description of the unit, the lesson plan provides teacher background; lists focus questions; and presents information and student activities, dividing the topic into: "Beginning the Topic,""Developing the Topic," and "Culminating the Topic." The unit assessment is integrated with the instruction and occurs throughout. The focus questions provide a framework for the evaluation of the lesson. Extended/correlated activities are suggested. Contains a resource list for the sample topic. Appended are sample worksheets, additional information, and city plans. (BT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum Based Assessment, Government Role, Grade 3, Local Government, Municipalities, Primary Education, Simulation, Social Studies, State Standards, Teacher Developed Materials
California Department of Education, 721 Capitol Mall, 6th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814. Tel: 916-654-6299; Fax: 916-657-4964. For full text: http://www.history.ctaponline.org/center/.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Identifiers - Location: California