Through September, our class has been learning about the three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial. We had a project to go with each.
When learning about the executive branch, students worked in groups to come up with a platform for their presidential candidate (a stuffed animal). Then, one person spoke for their candidate at the debate. We then held an election and voted for the president we wanted. The president of Miss Tunnell's class: Waves!
After learning about how a bill becomes a law, each student wrote their own bill. We then broke into the House of Representatives and Senate to determine if they approved the bills. If a bill passed the House, it would go to the Senate. We only had two bills pass both the House and the Senate, so it went to Waves and I (vice president) to accept it or veto it. The bill to have two hours of recess every day we unfortunately had to veto. But the one law that passed was "We won't go outside in the rain in case it thunderstorms".
Finally, we learned about the judicial branch. We talked about the Supreme Court and the 9 justices. We read the story, "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs", which goes through Wolf's side of the story and says he did not mean to hurt the pigs, he just had a cold and sneezed. 9 students were the judges, 5 were defending Wolf and saying he was not guilty, and 5 were accusing Wolf and saying he was guilty. After coming up with arguments, and many debates, the final verdict from our judges was a 5-4 ruling that Wolf was guilty.