For citizenship, it is possible to go on a field trip and do volunteer work for something age-appropriate for children? Or, for government what about visiting a museum in which historical items are preserved?
I remember viewing "I'm just a Bill," when I was in elementary school. I think this video has stood the test of time.
It puts things in perspective.
-Do you say the "pledge of allegiance" in class? Perhaps you can address where it came from and why you do it regularly.
-Is it appropriate to have class elections? Or to vote for some other type of thing? You can liken voting to a representative democracy. You can then contrast that with a dictatorship -- perhaps by letting a student be a dictator for a few minutes -- and then ask the student(s) which systems they liked better, and their pros/cons.
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Hi! Can you be more specific about what exactly you are looking for? Also, what grade level do you teach?
Yes, knowing what grade level and perhaps what concept your wanting to focus on.
I've always thought simulations were a great way to understand the different roles and responsibilities.
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