Grade 1 - Let's Learn About The Government – Social Studies Lesson

Grade 1 - Let's Learn About The Government

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Video Storyline: As a new country, the United States had to create its own of new rules. We look at some of the important laws and symbols of the country, and what it means to be a citizen.

Video length: 8:11 minutes.

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Let’s Learn About The Government

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Topics Covered In This Video

Conflict with England

Declaration of Independence

Setting up the new country

Creating the Constitution

What is a law?

What is a citizen?

Citizenship & voting


National symbols

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