The structure and functions of government at the state and local levels, and the role of citizens.
Texas Government unit contains 6 learning experiences.
Learning Experiences (Lessons) in Texas Government Each learning experience takes about 45 minutes to teach in the device-enabled classroom.
The Texas Constitution and The Principle of Limited Government
Students learn how the Texas Constitution reflects the principles of limited government. They also compare and contrast the principles and concepts of the Texas Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. Then they analyze one of the rights guaranteed in the Texas Constitution.
Structure of the Texas State Government
Students learn about the structure of the Texas state government. First they examine the legislative branch and draw a chart of how a bill becomes a law. Then they explore the executive branch and describe one of the various offices, commissions, or committees under its authority. Next they define important characteristics of the structure of the judicial branch. Finally, they create an infographic about one of the three branches.
Local Government and Public Services
Students learn about local government in Texas. First, they examine the function of counties and research their own county. Then they learn about types of municipalities and forms of city government. Next they read about special districts and give information about their own school district. Finally, they prepare a presentation for a third-grade class about local government in Texas.
Government Revenue and Spending
Students learn about government revenue and spending in Texas. First, they study revenue sources and categories of spending from the 2016"“17 Texas state budget. Then they learn how local governments raise funds, and they explain why local governments are interested in attracting businesses to benefit from property taxes. Finally, they examine sources of funding for public education in Texas.
The Role of Active Citizens in Government
Students examine the rights and responsibilities of Texas citizens and the need for civic participation. They read the Texas Bill of Rights, summarize some of the rights included, and explain one that is important to them. Next they examine how voting is both a right and a responsibility and explain how to be a more responsible voter. Finally, they examine statistics about Texans' civic participation and derive a definition of civic participation.