Grade 2 - Our Government At Work

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Video Storyline:  When America was a new country its leaders created a plan called the Constitution. Our leaders, lawmakers, and judges still use this plan today.

Video length: 12:45 minutes.

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Governments make laws

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The first set of laws made by the new U.S. government was the Constitution

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2 important sets of laws say that citizens have Freedom of Speech & Freedom of Religion

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The Constitution says that the government is made up of 3 parts

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The 1stpart is run by the President, who helps to guide the lawmakers in the U.S. He lives in the White House

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The 2ndpart are the lawmakers who are known as the Congress, and they work from the Capitol building

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The 3rdpart are the judges in the Supreme Court who decide if someone has broken a law

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These 3 groups are all based in the Nation’s Capital city, Washington, DC

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Other famous buildings in Washington are the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial

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All of these leaders have to win enough votes in an election in order to get their jobs

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We also vote to elect leaders for our States, and even our cities

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National and State symbols

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The Statue of Liberty was an important symbol for new immigrants arriving in the U.S.

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Many laws have changed over time to make the country a better place for all who live here

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Videos in this Series

Grade 2 - Early Americans

Grade 2 - Land and Water Around Us

Grade 2 - Work and Money

Grade 2 - Living Together

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