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Michigan Symbols, Government, and Officials
Two exciting projects can be used to help instruct these state required topics. These projects include Claymation and a Mock Congress. A trip to the state Capitol and the Michigan Historical Museum, both in Lansing, also provides excellent hands-on experiences.
uses artist's clay, a digital camera, and computer software to
create mini-movies based on a topic of your choosing.
Click here to see how a fourth grade class used Claymation to represent the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of government, state officials, and how a bill is made into law. More information on Claymation is also provided at this link.
This project encourages students' active participation in developing a bill and law for the classroom. Students naturally take ownership of the process because they are working toward a law that means something to them. Each student gets to play a part in the project (as Congress people or Senators), which further engrosses them in learning about how state government functions.
Click here for the Mock Congress lesson.
|State Capitol and Historical Museum Field Trip|
|A great way to learn about our state Capitol is
by "being there!" Half-day tours to the state Capitol are free and
can be arranged through the Capitol Tour and
Another half-day opportunity that can be tied into the Capitol or the Michigan Historical Museum is a trip to the Impression Five Science Center, which is a short walk from the capitol. See the adventures of a fourth grade class on its field trip to the Capitol and science center in this PowerPoint presentation. (requires PowerPoint viewer or PowerPoint software)