Lesson Plan : Who Needs Government?...We All Do.

Teacher Name:
 Nick Seguin
Grade:
 Grade 4
Subject:
 Social Studies

Topic:
 Government
Content:
 Purposes of government,Preamble of the Constitution. Consequences of lack of government.
Goals:
 Explain the consequences of having a lack of government and rules and laws for a society. Identify the role and purpose of government. Identifying and emphasizing advantages, disadvantages, and unique features of an idea, statement, or assertion
Objectives:
 -TLW describe the advantages and disadvantages of an absence of government. -TLW interpret who might support or oppose the statement presented in the lesson. -TLW describe the purposes of government as identified in the Preamble -TLW connect their findings from the problem solving exercise to the purposes of the Preamble.
Materials:
 Graphic organizer for group problem solving.
Introduction:
 The teacher will write this statement on the board or overhead: "There should be no government, no rules and no laws. That way we could all do what we wanted and everyone would be happy"
Development:
 Give the class a chance to read the statement and think about it for a minute. Next have the class show by raising hands if they agree or disagree with the statement. Make a note of who agrees and disagrees initially.
Practice:
 Divide the class into groups of three or four students and make sure each group has at least one member who agreed and one who disagreed. Tell the groups that they are going to do a problem solving exercise to analyze the statement based on the advantages and disadvantages if it were implemented. They will also focus on who might support the statement and who might oppose it. Distribute to each student a copy of the attached graphic organizer and have them work in their group to fill it out. This should take 15minutes.
Checking For Understanding:
 During group work the teacher will ask the groups "What is the problem you are trying to solve?" A: Is this a good/correct statement? Do I support it? Make sure the students are using the organizer correctly. Whole class discussion on the Preamble provides constant opportunity to check for understanding as students attempt to explain the concepts and define the vocabulary.
Closure:
 Tell the students to think about the statement and the list of advantages and disadvantages they came up with while they are on the playground. How might things be different, better or worse, if there were no rules?

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