The Different Forms of Goverment
(The Rule of One, The Rule of a Few, The Rule of Many, and Anarchy)
Governments of the People in History
(Athens, Rome, England)
America: A New Creation from Old Roots
The Three Branches of Government
Qualifications to Vote
The Election Process
Running for Office and Political Parties
Caucuses and Primaries
Running a Presidential Campaign
The Electoral College and more!
This is written for students in grades 3-8, and anyone within that age range (and beyond) will certainly walk away with a solid understanding of the American election process after listening to or reading the informative booklet. Because we are in the midst of an election, this could not come at a better time!
Some of my favorite projects included the three forms of government craft. As you scroll through the resource as it is open on your desktop, you will see this:
Notice the "PHOTO" button in the right corner. There is a full-color photograph of every single project found within so you don't have to wonder if you are doing it right. All of the grey-colored lines of text are clickable PDF files that will bring up the four different pages of the printable craft that your student will put together to form this:
It will go into your lapbook underneath another project called The American Experiment. Your completed full page will look like this:
As you can see, inside the branches of the government tree, it defines who is included in each branch, and a write-up about each one. You are even provided printable leaves - she thinks of everything! We decided to color ours in. Colored pencils and pens have played their role in this review too.
Here are some of the other projects that we particularly liked. Suffrage was a flip-up craft that explained the fight for the right to vote - not only for women, but former slaves too. The 15th and 19th Amendments are focused on here, and the inside includes a write-up that explains suffrage over the years.
I also really liked the Political Parties project. This book has a flip-open tab for six political parties that gives a brief explanation of the party's past and/or current ideas. The parties included are: Federalist, Democratic-Republican, Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, and the Green Parties.
We also enjoyed putting together the Statistics and Who do we vote for? projects. Inside the Statistics flip book, we learned how the elephant and the donkey came to be, and the statistics mentions the reliance on polls and a candidate's charisma.
The Who do we vote for? project is a rotating craft that defines the candidates we vote for (President, Vice President, Senators, and Representative), and what qualifications they must fill in order to run.
These are only a few of the projects found in this awesome Lap-Pak! I have left out a lot of other projects and a whole vocabulary glossary found inside that is beautifully decorated. I just don't have space to tell you about it all! We can't escape that this is an election year because it is all over the news. We homeschoolers are notorious (I prefer to think of us as smart!) for utilizing what is going on around us to facilitate our home learning. HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections is an unbelievably thorough and interesting way to take advantage of what is going on right now. Home School in the Woods has done it again!
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