Government and the People
Age 7-9: Concept 4 - Relationships: Unit 2

In this unit, your child will examine the relationship between U.S. citizens and their government. She will understand the unique functions of each of the three branches of government. She will participate in a mock election to experience the voting and election process firsthand.

This unit can be used independently, but it is also designed to be used concurrently with the literature unit for The Whipping Boy.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in third grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: What Is Authority?
  • Lesson 2: Roles of the Government
  • Lesson 3: Our Role as Citizens
  • Lesson 4: Politicians
  • Lesson 5: Voting (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Our System of Government (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Local, State, and National
  • Lesson 8: Patriotism
  • Final Project: Vote for Me! (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
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