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Government In Our Daily Lives

TimeNov. 12, 2012

from:Bidell, Barbara

to:Am. Government

Hello everyone. Last week we started a project in which students went through their daily schedules. Students recorded what they typically do from the time they wake up until the time they go to bed. The object of the lesson is to assess the direct effect the various government departments and agencies have on our lives. Late in the week, students started going through that schedule and for each activity, they are researching the government (federal, state, or local) and the department and/or agency that is responsible for overseeing the activity or the materials associated with that activity. For example, most students are answering the question which department or agency regulates the quality of food that we put into our bodies? Which government body mandates that students in Nevada attend school? Which body oversees curriculum for public schools, and how does that relate to us at New Horizons? Students will be examining these aspects on differentiated levels, depending on their skill levels. Some students will be examining the facts that simply answer the question, "Which government body, department, or agency regulates this activity?" Some will be answering questions associated with the reasons behind the regulations, if they agree with those regulations, and if not, how do they set out to change them? Students are working in groups to accomplish an overall understanding of how the government is involved with their daily lives.

Since we are celebrating Veteran's Day this Monday, we will not be having homework this week. Homework will resume next Monday.

As usual, if you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me at bidellb@nhalv.org.