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October 8, 2003

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Barbara J. Feldman
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U.S. Government Online


American Presidency Game Show Quiz
Presidents of the 20th Century
Supreme Court Jigsaw

(Teach your kids how to make games just
like these with my step-by-step manual. )

The three branches are of the federal government are executive (the President and the White House), legislative (the House of Representatives and the Senate) and judicial (the Supreme Court.) Today we visit all of them, but our first stop is a part of the government that wasn’t created by our founding fathers and only exists online.

First Gov



In the words of President Bush “FirstGov is the front door to my administration’s e-government initiative.” Whether you need a form or an answer, First Gov is an A to Z umbrella portal for the federal government. Of particular interest is First Gov for Kids, which you will find listed under “Especially for.” Best click for classroom activities is the Web Treasure Hunt available as a web page or a printable download.

Supreme Court



The official U.S. Supreme Court site has oodles of educational material (downloadable in Adobe Acrobat PDF) in the About the Supreme Court section. Skip the Brief Overview (which only lists hours and other administrative details) and jump into The Court as an Institution, The Court and Its Traditions, The Court and Its Procedures and The Court Building. Biographies of the current justices, and a listing of all past justices, are also found here. A fabulous photo gallery and info for D.C. visitors wanting to hear oral arguments await you in Visiting the Court.

United States House of Representatives



There are many reasons to stop by the virtual House of Representatives. You can look up your congressman by zip code. Visit your congressmen’s website. Or learn about the legislative process by clicking on Educational Links (in the left-hand blue menu) and look for Tying It All Together. This single-page summary of the legislative process describes the four ways a proposal can be introduced to Congress: a bill, a joint resolution, a concurrent resolution, or a simple resolution.

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Surfing the Calendar

The Great Chicago Fire Began
Oct 8, 1871
John Lennon’s Birthday
Oct 9, 1940
Pledge of Allegiance created
Oct 12, 1892
Columbus Day Observed
Oct 13, 2003

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