... the adventures of a middle school humanities teacher ...
Monday, October 20, 2014
Gummy Bear Government
We have been studying the different types of government that can be found around the world today and throughout history. The most common include, Anarchy, Monarchy, Dictatorship, Oligarchy, Theocracy, Democracy, and Republic.
In order to better understand these systems, we first applied hand motions to them (See THIS post to watch these in action), created a flip book with their definitions, and finally, ACTED them out with GUMMY BEARS! I got the idea for this off of a pinterest picture and decided that it could make a great review activity!
Students worked with a partner to create their system of government "scene" acted out by the gummy bears.
Once we had recreated the system of government, we drew a matching picture in our flip charts (either of the gummy bears or stick figures).
The kiddos REALLY had a great time with this activity and I felt that it helped them solidify the different systems since they were having to create the definition in a visual way. It was SO cute listening to their ideas for how to make the system. Here are a few of my favorite depictions.
Oligarchy - ruled by a rich and powerful few
Monarchy - notice the "gummy" throne!
This group created a voting booth for their Republic depiction :0)
To see more of what we do during my Government Unit, Visit THIS post and THIS post. Here are more Government Activities: