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Passing a Bill into Law 3.NBT.2 – Fluent Add/Sub In this lesson, students will use the concepts of adding and subtracting within 1,000 to help get a bill about littering passed into law.
After being fiercely debated by the U.S. House of Representatives, the bill goes to a vote. Students use addition to calculate whether the bill passed with a majority vote. Upon learning that the bill did not pass but can be reintroduced, students do some research on past bills that were reintroduced. When the bill finally passes the U.S. Senate and is signed into law by the President, students create a report analyzing the productivity of the last four Congresses.
Planning a Fiscal Budget 3.NBT.1 – Rounding to 10/100 In this lesson, students will use the concept of rounding numbers to help the President plan the fiscal budget for the year.
Students will learn that working with large numbers can be simplified by estimating. They will practice finding the closest multiples of both a hundred million dollars and ten million dollars for money amounts requested by different executive departments. After gaining an understanding of estimation, students will round money requests from three additional departments to the nearest hundred million and ten million dollars.
Campaigning for Public Office 4.NBT.2 Comparing Multi-digit Numbers
In this lesson, students will read, write and compare multi-digit numbers as they follow a candidate whose campaigns for public office go from city mayor to state governor to President of the United States.
With an aunt who works in a local polling place, students are immersed in the world of voting and politics. After helping their aunt determine the winner of the mayoral election, the candidate takes students with him as he runs for state governor, and eventually, the office of President. From the campaign trail to the electoral college, students will learn how politics, voting and comparing numbers intersect.
Presidential Candidates 5.OA.1 – In this lesson, students will use parentheses in mathematical expressions to determine the experience levels of several presidential candidates.
During the Presidential campaign, students will evaluate expressions related to the number of terms in office that several candidates have served. As candidates continue to join the presidential race, students decide who the strongest candidates are based on experience. Finally, students create profiles for new candidates based on their years of experience in the federal government.
Electing the President 6.EE.2A – Write Expressions with Variables In this lesson, students will write and evaluate expressions using variables as they analyze the presidential election.
Students will analyze election results at five different polling locations by writing expressions to compare the votes for the Republican and Democratic candidates. They will then analyze the electoral college votes across all 50 states by identifying parts of an expression, including the sum, difference, and quotient. For the final project, students will help the newly elected president prepare the fiscal budget for the upcoming year by department.