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Unit 3, Lesson 3: We Have One President (pp. 114-115)
The Big Idea
Framework Concept: Choice We choose a President to keep our country strong, to protect our freedom, to make sure the laws are obeyed, and to keep us safe.
- Ask students who the President of the United States is. Discuss how we chose our President and then talk about what the President does for the country. Create a concept web entitled The President of the United States and list students' responses under the headings How the President is Chosen and What the President Does. After reading the chapter, revise or add to the web.
- Discuss why students think it is important to have a leader of a country.
- Together with students make a list of present and past Presidents and display any pictures you might have available. Have a volunteer circle the names of any Presidents still living.
Check for Understanding
- Have students pretend they want to run in an election for President of the United States. Have them tell why they want to be President and what they would do for the United States once they took office.
- Ask students to draw a picture of the President of the United States on a campaign poster.
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