Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Organize Ourselves
  • An inquiry into the structure and function of organizations; societal decision making

Central Idea:
  • Government reflects how we solve problems.

Lines of Inquiry:
  • An inquiry into the ideals of democracy
  • An inquiry into the varying forms of government
  • An inquiry into laws and problem solving based on government.

Key Concepts:
  • Function
  • Responsibility

Teacher Questions:
  • Causation: Why was our form of government chosen?
  • Function: How does our government work?
  • Responsibility: What is our responsibility when faced with a problem?

Helpful Websites:

Ben's Guide to US Government

United States Government for Kids

Congress for Kids

Types of Government
Click and Learn about the Types of Government
Different Forms of Government
Civics for Kids
Systems of Government by Country

Branches of Government

Declaration of Independence

History of the Bill of Rights


Symbols of the US Government

Election and Voting
Rand McNally’s Play the Election
S-SPAN Classroom
Scholastic Magazine
Time for Kids

Games for Kids