It is important for students to understand the many different terms that are associated with government. For this activity, students will create a 3 cell storyboard, depicting and describing important vocabulary terms relating to the government of Canada. Students may choose more than 3 words at the teacher's discretion. Below is a list of terms for students to research and define, or teachers may provide their own.
Constitutional Monarchy: A system of government in which a monarch shares power with a constitutionally organized government.
Democracy: A form of government in which the people have the authority to choose their governing leaders.
Parliament: The legislative branch of the Canadian government. The Parliament consists of the Monarch, the Senate, and the House of Commons.
Federal Government: The central government that serves the whole country. They are responsible for anything that impacts the country as a whole, such as taxes, the military, immigration, and the trading of goods.
Provincial Government: The level of government that serves individual provinces and territories. They are responsible for things such as education, highways, healthcare, and agriculture.
Municipal Government: The level of government that serves individual cities and towns. They are responsible for things such as public parks and libraries, public transportation, garbage removal, and local police and fire services.
Executive Branch: The branch of government that executes and enforces the laws and policies. The members include the Monarch, the Governor General, the Prime Minister, and the Cabinet.
Legislative Branch: The branch of government that makes the laws. The members include the Senate and the House of Commons.
Judicial Branch: The branch of government that interprets the laws and administers justice. This branch consists of Supreme Courts, Federal Courts, Military Courts, and Provincial Courts.
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Objective: Create a storyboard that defines and illustrates terms relating to the Canadian government.
Grade Level 5-6
Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)
Type of Assignment Individual
Type of Activity: Visual Vocabulary Boards