Lesson Plan for Middle School students
Students will develop an understanding of the budgeting process in the legislature.
Students will role play the budgeting process; write an analysis of their understanding of
the budget priorities; and evaluate the collaborative process by which budget decisions
are made through a class discussion.
V4 The student understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the principles
of democratic civic involvement.
4.1 Understand individual rights and their accompanying responsibilities including
problem-solving and decision-making at the local, state, national, and international level;
E3. Students understand the role of government and institutions in past and present
3.1 Analyze the role of government as participant in an economy through taxation,
spending and policy setting.
CBA REQUIREMENT: GOVERNMENT REVENUE AND RESPONSIBILITY
LESSON PLAN BY DAY
Students receive a card labeled with one of the 4 major interest groups and a number
Education (pre-post graduate) 1, 2, 3
Health care 1,2,3
Judicial/prison system 1,2, 3
Other state needs 1,2,3
There will be 3 people who will also draw a card labeled committee counsel.
Students will receive a copy of the 2003 budget with the directions to find a way to cut $1
billion dollars from the budget due to income shortage for the fiscal year. Students meet
in their interest groups this day to decide what, if any, of their programs can be cut. They
need to prepare arguments to support their concerns. Committee counsel members meet
with the teacher who will explain their job is to familiarize themselves with the
terminology of the budget. They are to remain neutral through the process and not give
any opinion. They will be the only ones allowed to access the teacher with questions and