Understanding Political Parties Activity

Help your students understand government with this resource which gives an overview of the Democratic and Republican party.

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In 5th grade Social Studies, students are required to understand and explain the symbols and members of the different political parties. Help your students understand government with this resource which gives an overview of the Democratic and Republican party.
Start off the lesson with an activity to introduce the vocabulary associated with the political party system. Students will then read about the differences between the Democratic and Republican party and take Doodle Notes™. Once they are finished, they will review the content with a fun Hexagonal Thinking game. This resource is also available in Google Slides™.
In this activity you will receive:
9 Word Wall terms for Political Parties and a Vocabulary Matching Activity,
5 Pages of Reading on political parties; an Introduction Page, and 2 pages each for both Democratic and Republican parties,
-Doodle Notes to take notes on the Republican and Democratic Party,
-A Hexagonal Thinking activity to review the political parties,
Google Slides™ and
Please download the preview for detailed directions and samples.
5th Grade Social Studies TEKS
(16) Citizenship. The student understands important symbols, customs, celebrations, and landmarks that represent American beliefs and principles that contribute to our national identity. The student is expected to:
(A) explain various patriotic symbols, including Uncle Sam; national celebrations such as Labor Day; and political symbols such as the donkey and elephant;
(18) Citizenship. The student understands the importance of effective leadership in a constitutional republic. The student is expected to:
(A) identify past and present leaders in the national government, including the president and various members of Congress, and their political parties; and
(B) identify leadership qualities of national leaders, past and present.
(23) Social studies skills. The student applies critical-thinking skills to organize and use information acquired from a variety of valid sources, including technology. The student is expected to:
(A) differentiate between, locate, and use valid primary and secondary sources such as technology; interviews; biographies; oral, print, and visual material; documents; and artifacts to acquire information about the United States;
(B) analyze information by applying absolute and relative chronology through sequencing, categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the main idea, summarizing, making generalizations and predictions, and drawing inferences and conclusions;
(C) organize and interpret information in outlines, reports, databases, and visuals, including graphs, charts, timelines, and maps;
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