Saturday, September 3, 2016

Social Studies Lesson 1: Organization and Powers of the Maryland State Government

Hey guys,

Welcome to the Fourth Grade and your first research project! In this lesson you'll research how the MD government is organized and what the powers are for each branch.

Here are some interesting pictures:

Here are a couple of useful links:

This is an official State of Maryland site. Link
This is another State of Maryland site that is more kids friendly: Link

These videos could be of some use:

General information on Maryland

This video is for California, but it is pretty similar to Maryland. Be careful though, states have different names for their legislatures!

Another, shorter video on governmental organization.

Here's a rap about the Federal government. Maybe an idea for songwriters out there?

Here's a copy of the assignment sheet I gave out in class yesterday just in case you need it.

Name_______________________________  Date________________________________

Social Studies Project #1: How is the Maryland State Government organized?

Prompt: Create a presentation using Powerpoint, posters, or some other media that can explain to your audience (other 4th Graders) how the Maryland State Government is organized. You must create at least 4 slides: one to introduce your presentation, one slide for each branch of the Maryland government. You can create a conclusion slide for extra credit.

·         The introduction slide should have a quick breakdown of the Maryland government and should show how it is organized.

·         The three body slides should cover each branch of the government. The slide should name what it is and tell what it does and what its powers are.

·         The conclusion slide should wrap-up your discussion of the government and summarize what you just said about the Maryland government. This slide is worth extra credit points.

·         You will give a presentation that should last 5 minutes or less!

To get the best grade possible be sure to:

·         Use capitalization when necessary.

·         Use correct spelling.

·         Use punctuation such as periods where it is needed.

·         Use some sort of graphic or picture to show what you mean.


Rough draft of design (on paper)
Due Friday, September 9th.
5 pt
Rough draft of design (in a final form).
Due Wednesday, September 14th.
5 pt
Final draft of design in its final form.
Due Friday, September 16th.
5 pt
In class presentation.
Will be done on Friday, September 16th and/or Monday September 19th.
10 pt
Extra Credit.
Concluding slide or poster.
2 pt

 Mr. Case and Mr. Bustos will be checking progress on this project on the dates mentioned above. Students should use their textbook pages pp. 82-87 and they can use on-line resources such as Mr. Case’s Blog Spot site ( They are also welcome to use their own on-line resources and the library as well.

Don't forget to make a comment below so you can get a buzz buck on Tuesday! Be sure to say your name and class.


  1. hi I am Dalia Al-Leftawi I loved the rap of the three branches thank you mr case I learned so much

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Dalia! If you find stuff you want to add copy the link and post it here.

  2. Hi Mr.Case this is Alyssa Cunningham from Ms.Coleman class,and thank you for posting the tour of maryland. I really loved it and I learned some stuff like the state motto,the state bird-the Oriole,and the state tree-the White Oak.
    thank you