Election Unit - The Three Branches of Government

{Politics can be a touchy subject no matter where you go, but it's especially important to be careful what you say - and how you say it! - in a school setting. Sidestepping potentially 'hot' issues such as your personal political party affiliation and candidate selections, election season truly does offer a fabulous opportunity for discussing important concepts like patriotism, citizenship, as well as one of the many things that makes America great, the freedom to make our own choice!}

Election Day and Social Studies Kindergarten Lesson Plan
Photo Source: buzzingwithmsb.blogspot.com

We found this super cute tree map over at Buzzing With Ms. B and thought it would make a great addition to your Election/Government Unit! We just love Chrissy's honesty about teaching the subject and, as an educator, we're certain you can identify,

"...We are in a great position to encourage interest in how our government works. We're in the middle of a presidential election, and, while personally terrifying for me, it is a completely accessible, motivating, and exciting way to get kids interested in learning about government."

If you can get past the 'taboo' and into the 'meat' of the subject, it can be a very positive experience! While the complex workings of our government will certainly not be on the agenda for your little learners, and teaching about the different branches of the government may seem a bit tricky {especially with kinders!}, we really like the visual Chrissy used and think it offers a simple, yet fun introduction to how our country's government is structured!


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