Lesson Plan

SUBJECT: Government
CREATORS: Cathy Baril, Janel Blevins, Dina Boswell, Lisa Coleman, Dan Love


To have students appreciate the importance of rules and laws within a society and to recognize the process by which these laws are created and implemented.



Students will be able to:





  1. Lead students in an introductory discussion focusing on building and activating prior knowledge about rules and laws.
  2. Review with students their responses to the previously assigned homework sheet The Rules and Laws I Follow.
  3. Have students classify their responses in one of three categories - School Rules, Home Rules, Society Rules.
  4. Introduce the Could It Really Be a Law? handout
  5. Have students complete this handout in groups.
  6. Lead class discussion focusing on the importance of groups to establish unique laws and rules to govern. These may seem silly, but they were important to somebody sometime.
  7. Using the visual aid, demonstrate the process by which a law comes into existence. Introduce the related vocabulary throughout this demonstration. Ask open-ended questions to monitor comprehension.
  8. Show the Schoolhouse Rock Video as a reinforcement for this concept.



Students will demonstrate successful completion of the objectives by:


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The Rules and Laws That I Followed:



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Could It Really Be A Law???

Read the following and decide if it really could have been an actual law ...TRUE or FALSE
  1. In Oregon it is against the law to pump your own gas.
  2. In Georgia it is against the law to slap someone on the back.
  3. In Detroit it is against the law to fall asleep in the bathtub.
  4. It is against the law to have a frog jumping contest in Boston.
  5. In Ann Arbor it is against the law to walk on any public street, alley, or park.
  6. In New York it is a misdemeanor to arrest a dead man.
  7. A woman may not drive while wearing a bathrobe in California.
  8. It is against the law to imitate criminals in Florida.
  9. In Oklahoma it is against the law for three or more dogs to meet on someone's property without a permit.
  10. In Michigan it is against the law for a barbershop to be open on Sundays.
  11. It is not against the law to tell your children to go to bed.
  12. It is against the law to dance to the "Star Spangled Banner."
  13. It is against the law in Michigan to participate in sports on Sundays- the fine is $5.00.
  14. It is a crime to blow your nose in public in Maine.
  15. In Michigan there is a law that says drinking cups must be available at public drinking fountains.


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Vocabulary Match

1. Executive A. An institution that makes, interprets and enforces laws at the federal, state and local levels.
2. History B. To refuse to admit or approve.
3. Majority  C. A written idea for a new law. 
4. Judicial  D.  The rules used to govern a country, state or social group.
5. Compromise  E.  This branch of government enforces the law. 
6. Laws  F.  A permanent written record of the past. 
7. Legislature  G.  A settlement of differences; give and take.
8. Amendment  H.  An amount greater than half of the total. 
9. Bill  I.  This branch of government interprets the law. 
10. Constitution  J.  To provide order and protect people's rights and welfare. 
11. Veto  K. A change added to improve an existing law. 
12. Government  L.  This branch of government makes/creates laws. 



Fritz, J. (1987) Shh, we're writing the Constitution. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.

Kochaturoff, G. (1992) Michigan. Salt Lake City: Grubbs Smith Publisher.

Lewis, F. (1966) Learning about Michigan's government. Hillsdale, MI: Hillsdale Educational Publishers.

Wohe, T. (1995) Schoolhouse rock. America rocks. Stamford. CT: Scholastic Rock, Inc.

Wolff, J. (1995) The Constitution. USA: Instructional Fair, Inc.

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