Teacher Information Page

This iAdventure is designed to help students learn about the law making process in Missouri and in the national government.
This iAdventure gives them the opportunity to write a bill and present it to the class.

Grade Level
    This iAdventure is meant to meet the curriculum standards for 5th grade.

Time Needed
    The teacher should allow for 3 sessions in the computer lab with this iAdventure.  They should also allow some time for writing and researching to be done by the students.  There would also be two half days of presentations which you would hopefully get the principal or vice principal to come to one of the half days sessions.  (They serve as the "President" for national bills that are presented.)

Resources
 
Write your legislator http://www.cfmidwifery.org/resources/cfm/item.asp?ID=10
Committees in Congress http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108914.html
Lyrics "I'm Just a Bill" http://www.school-house-rock.com/Bill.html

Site Map


Teacher Page
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Title Page- How a Bill Becomes a Law
Opening Story Page


General Assembly


Congress
Fiscal Bill in MO

 

Non Fiscal Bill in MO

 

Fiscal Bill in USA
Non Fiscal Bill in USA
MO House

 

 MO Senate
MO House
MO Senate
House of Representatives
Senate
House of Representatives
Senate
Conclusion


Background and Other Necessary Information

    An iAdventure is a way of teaching students important concepts and skills by involving them in a story line about one or more characters or events.  It is designed to have students think critically using different types of information and make decisions.  Your students are going to make bills that affect either the school or their classroom.  This activity can be done individually or with partners.  Students should be introduced to the topic before they complete the iAdventure.  It is also recommended to follow the writing process (brainstorming/prewriting, writing the first  rough draft, revising, editing/proofreading,  and publishing) because these are integral to the completion of the final product.
    Students are lead by Schoolhouse Rocks' Bill as they learn the process of making a bill into a law.  Students must first decide whether they would like to write a state bill, one that could affect their classroom if made into law, or a national (federal) bill, one that could affect their whole school.  Attention teachers: to do this part of the iAdventure you will need the principal's permission!!! Then they must next decide whether they want to write a fiscal or non fiscal bill in their chosen level of government.  Finally they decide which House in either the General Assembly or the Congress their bill will start in.  All decisions they make will affect which type of bill they will be writing.  Also throughout the process you will have to be involved with approving their topics and making sure they are finding good research and keeping on task.

Curriculum Standards

The following goals and objectives may be met for the Show me Standards this iAdventure:

GOAL 1: Students in Missouri public schools will acquire the knowledge and skills to gather, analyze and apply information and ideas.
        2. Conduct research to answer questions and evaluate information and ideas
      4. Use technological tools and other resources to locate, select and organize information

GOAL 2: Students in Missouri public schools will acquire the knowledge and skills to communicate effectively within and beyond the classroom.
        1. Plan and make written, oral and visual presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences

GOAL 3: Students in Missouri public schools will acquire the knowledge and skills to recognize and solve problems.
        5. Reason inductively from a set of specific facts and deductively from general premises
        8. Assess costs, benefits and other consequences of proposed solutions

GOAL 4: Students in Missouri public schools will acquire the knowledge and skills to make decisions and act as responsible members of society.
        2. Understand and apply the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in Missouri and the United States
        5. Develop, monitor and revise plans of action to meet deadlines and accomplish goals

Communication Arts
In Communication Arts, students in Missouri public schools will acquire a solid foundation which includes knowledge of and proficiency in:
        1. Speaking and writing standard English (including grammar, usage, punctuation, spelling, capitalization)
        4. Writing formally (such as reports, narratives, essays) and informally (such as outlines, notes)
        6. Participating in formal and informal presentations and discussions of issues and ideas

Social Studies
In Social Studies, students in Missouri public schools will acquire a solid foundation which includes knowledge of:
        1. Principles expressed in the documents shaping constitutional democracy in the United States
        3. Principles and processes of governance systems
        7. The use of tools of social science inquiry (such as surveys, statistics, maps, documents)

Assessment

The culminating activity for this iAdventure is writing and presenting a bill.  The bill topic is decided by the students and approved by the teacher.  The assessment was designed to meet the needs of different types of learners by allowing the particulars of the method of presentation up to the classroom teacher.
The assessment scoring guide can be found in the iAdventure and in the link below.  It is recommend that the teacher prints out the scoring guide for the class rather than having them print it out.
 
 
Scoring Guide

 
 
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