1. Divide the class into two groups, with one group representing the House and Representatives and the other representing the Senate. As the teacher, introduce a new bill of your choosing (suggestions include a new school dress code, lunch menu, or grading system). Present your version of the bill to each group. Then instruct them to make changes to the bill that would likely please the entire school. Once both bills are identical, send the bill to another teacher who will represent the governor. The “governor” should determine the next action taken for the bill. If the bill is vetoed, each group must then take another vote to either override the veto or kill the bill.
2. Invite a local politician to your classroom to discuss the legislative process. The visitor could be a state representative, a city council person, or a U.S. representative.