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1 Lesson Plan Title Now Playing at the Leg. Audience Social Studies Grades 5 and 6 Social 11 Civics 11 Overview Through a game format, students will learn and apply their knowledge about roles and responsibilities of the key players in the provincial government. Students will demonstrate their knowledge of this topic by responding to questions on clue cards while moving along a game board. Objectives Educating and assessing the roles and responsibilities of key players in provincial government Now Playing at the Leg. Page 1

2 Activities and Methods Roll a die and move game piece ahead. Answer corresponding question on the People, Place or Purpose game cards. If you get the answer correct, on the next turn you may roll the die, however if you get it wrong you remain on that square until you correctly answer the People, Place or Purpose question. Each player only answers one question at a time, and then it goes to the next player. Preparation (by teacher and by students) Can be utilized as a formative or summative task Print off game cards (people, place and purpose) and cut out Create game pieces (could be pictures of actual people or symbols of the position, i.e. the Mace represents the Speaker of the House). Duration of Activity approx minutes Learning Outcomes Grades 5 and 6 apply critical thinking skills describe the levels, responsibilities, and the election of government in Canada... continued Now Playing at the Leg. Page 2

3 Learning Outcomes (continued) Socials 11 apply critical thinking explain how provincial and federal governments are formed in Canada Civics 11 apply critical thinking demonstrate a knowledge of historical and contemporary factors that help define Canadian civic identity identify historical roots of the Canadian political and legal systems describe Canada s electoral systems and processes evaluate the relative abilities of individuals, governments, and non-governmental organizations to effect civic change in Canada evaluate the citizens role in civic processes locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally Materials & Resources People of the Leg. Webcasts/Transcripts of the Legislative Assembly: Places in the Legislature: game board Now Playing at the Leg. Q&A master sheet to create question cards game pieces and die Evaluation of Activity self-assessment by student no formal evaluation, informal observations Now Playing at the Leg. Page 3

4 Submitted By: Rodney Huneault, North Cedar Intermediate School, School District 68 (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) Wendy Kaland, Green Timbers Elementary School, School District 36 (Surrey) Lisa Leclerc, Ecole Duncan Elementary School, School District 79 (Cowichan Valley) Valerie Neufeldt, Abbotsford Traditional Secondary School, School District 34 (Abbotsford) Jodi Robertson, Glenlyon Norfolk School, Victoria Kari Mathew, Marie Sharpe Elementary School, School District 27 (Caribou-Chilcotin) NOTE: The ideas and opinions expressed in this classroom activity belong to their authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. The Public Education and Outreach office only edits for clarity. Now Playing at the Leg. Page 4

5 Q & A Master Sheets PEOPLE I am non-partisan and interpret the Standing Orders of the House. I advise the Speaker and all MLA s on parliamentary procedure. Members! Members! Let s reflect on our behaviour. I am an elected MLA and preside over the House I deliver messages between MLAs in the House I provide water to the Ministers. I am the Queen s representative in our province. I open each session of the Legislative Assembly by reading the Speech from the Throne. I am the leader of the party with the greatest number of MLA s elected to the Legislative Assembly. I am responsible for selecting MLAs to become Cabinet Ministers in my Government. Clerk of the House Clerk of the House Speaker of the House Speaker of the House Page Page Lieutenant Governor Lieutenant Governor Premier Premier Now Playing at the Leg. Page 1 of 6

6 Q & A Master Sheets PEOPLE My primary role is to guide my party in questioning the actions of the Government. I sit two-and-a-half sword lengths across from the Premier in the House. I am responsible for the care and custody of the Mace. I lead the Speaker and Clerks into the House for each sitting. I question the actions and Statements made by the Minister and Ministry that I am assigned to. I am responsible for the day-today activities of the Ministry that I represent. I am a Member of the Executive Council and can introduce new legislation. Before Question Period, I decide who in my party will present Member Statements. I decide what the order of business will be in the House each sitting. I am an MLA who does not hold a Cabinet position. Leader of the Opposition Leader of the Opposition Sergeant-at-Arms Sergeant-at-Arms Shadow Minister Cabinet Minister Cabinet Minister House Leaders Government House Leader Private Member Now Playing at the Leg. Page 2 of 6

7 Q & A Master Sheets PLACE This exterior grand staircase can only be used by the Monarch or other high-level dignitaries. This is blocking access to the Legislative Chamber. This is where the leader of the ruling party sits in the House. This is the residence of the Queen s representative in Victoria. This is where proposed laws (bills) are introduced. This is where members of the media sit in the House. This is where the Sergeant-at- Arms must be when the Mace is in the House. This is where members of the public are invited to enjoy a meal. MLAs come to this location for parliamentary duties. Ceremonial Entrance Bar of the House The 5 th desk on the right of the Speaker Government House The House Press Gallery In the Chamber next to the Bar of the House The Legislative Dining Room The Legislature Now Playing at the Leg. Page 3 of 6

8 Q & A Master Sheets PLACE MLAs come to this location for research. This is where the Mace is placed in the House. This provincial symbol depicts our colonial origins and geographic location. This is where members of the public can sit and watch MLAs in action. This ornamental club must be present for MLAs to meet in the House. This is a geographical area where MLAs serve the members of that community. This is where the Premier has his office. A first floor circular room with an Italian mosaic tile floor. This is a high circular area containing paintings depicting B.C. s four main industries? The Legislative Library The Clerks Table B.C. Coat of Arms Public Galleries Mace Constituency or riding West Annex Lower Rotunda Upper Rotunda Now Playing at the Leg. Page 4 of 6

9 Q & A Master Sheets PURPOSE Why is the Clerk important? What is the purpose of an Official Opposition? What is the purpose of having Parliamentary Committees? What is the purpose of having some government roles, such as Chief Electoral Officer, nonpartisan? Why would the Mace be moved from sitting on top of the Clerk s Table to below the table? What is the purpose of the Public Galleries? What is the purpose of the Speech from the Throne read by the Lieutenant Governor? He has expert knowledge on parliamentary procedure. To question government actions and present alternatives to government positions. To investigate and report on issues of importance to all British Columbians To ensure that staff remain politically neutral in carrying out their duties The House has converted itself into Committee of the Whole To provide an opportunity for the public to witness the proceedings of the House It is an outline of the government s plan for the upcoming parliamentary session. Now Playing at the Leg. Page 5 of 6

10 Q & A Master Sheets PURPOSE What is the purpose of responsible government? What is the purpose of a newly elected Speaker pretending to not want the position? What is the role of the Cabinet Committees? What is the purpose of granting supply and the Estimates process? What would happen if the Mace was not present in the House? Is every government MLA in charge of a Ministry? To ensure that the Executive Council is accountable to people of B.C. through their MLAs. To remind of the violent history of 9 Speakers who lost their heads. To review cabinet submissions put forward by a Ministry before it goes to Cabinet To provide an opportunity for all MLAs to question what monies are being requested by each Ministry and why. The Legislature would not be able to conduct its business No, only government MLAs asked by the Premier to be a Minister. The rest are Private Members. Now Playing at the Leg. Page 6 of 6

11 People I am non-partisan and interpret the Standing Orders of the House. Clerk of the House I advise the Speaker and all MLA s on parliamentary procedure. Clerk of the House Members! Members! Let s reflect on our behaviour. Speaker of the House I am an elected MLA and preside over the House Speaker of the House I deliver messages between MLAs in the House Page Now Playing at the Leg. Game Cards Page 1 of 11

12 People I provide water to the Ministers. Page I am the Queen s representative in our province. Lieutenant Governor I open each session of the Legislative Assembly by reading the Speech from the Throne. Lieutenant Governor I am the leader of the party with the greatest number of MLA s elected to the Legislative Assembly. Premier I am responsible for selecting MLAs to become Cabinet Ministers in my Government. Premier Now Playing at the Leg. Game Cards Page 2 of 11

13 People My primary role is to guide my party in questioning the actions of the Government. Leader of the Opposition I sit two-and-a-half sword lengths across from the Premier in the House. Leader of the Opposition I am responsible for the care and custody of the Mace. Sergeant-at-Arms I lead the Speaker and Clerks into the House for each sitting. Sergeant-at-Arms I question the actions and Statements made by the Minister and Ministry that I am assigned to. Shadow Minister Now Playing at the Leg. Game Cards Page 3 of 11

14 People I am responsible for the dayto-day activities of the Ministry that I represent. Cabinet Minister I am a Member of the Executive Council and can introduce new legislation. Cabinet Minister Before Question Period, I decide who in my party will present Member Statements. House Leaders I decide what the order of business will be in the House each sitting. Government House Leader I am an MLA who does not hold a Cabinet position. Private Member Now Playing at the Leg. Game Cards Page 4 of 11

15 Place This exterior grand staircase can only be used by the Monarch or other high-level dignitaries. Ceremonial Entrance This is blocking access to the Legislative Chamber. Bar of the House This is where the leader of the ruling party sits in the House. The 5 th desk on the right of the Speaker This is the residence of the Queen s representative in Victoria. Government House This is where proposed laws (bills) are introduced. The House Now Playing at the Leg. Game Cards Page 5 of 11

16 Place This is where members of the media sit in the House. Press Gallery This is where the Sergeant-at- Arms must be when the Mace is in the House. In the Chamber next to the Bar of the House This is where members of the public are invited to enjoy a meal. The Legislative Dining Room MLAs come to this location for parliamentary duties. The Legislature MLAs come to this location for research. The Legislative Library Now Playing at the Leg. Game Cards Page 6 of 11

17 Place This is where the Mace is placed in the House. The Clerks Table This provincial symbol depicts our colonial origins and geographic location. B.C. Coat of Arms This is where members of the public can sit and watch MLAs in action. Public Galleries This ornamental club must be present for MLAs to meet in the House. Mace This is a geographical area where MLAs serve the members of that community. Constituency or riding Now Playing at the Leg. Game Cards Page 7 of 11

18 Place This is where the Premier has his office. West Annex A first floor circular room with an Italian mosaic tile floor. Lower Rotunda This is a high circular area containing paintings depicting B.C. s four main industries? Upper Rotunda Now Playing at the Leg. Game Cards Page 8 of 11

19 Purpose Why is the Clerk important? He has expert knowledge on parliamentary procedure. What is the purpose of an Official Opposition? To question government actions and present alternatives to government positions. What is the purpose of having Parliamentary Committees? To investigate and report on issues of importance to all British Columbians What is the purpose of having some government roles, such as Chief Electoral Officer, non-partisan? To ensure that staff remain politically neutral in carrying out their duties Why would the Mace be moved from sitting on top of the Clerk s Table to below the table? The House has converted itself into Committee of the Whole Now Playing at the Leg. Game Cards Page 9 of 11

20 Purpose What is the purpose of the Public Galleries? To provide an opportunity for the public to witness the proceedings of the House What is the purpose of the Speech from the Throne read by the Lieutenant Governor? It is an outline of the government s plan for the upcoming parliamentary session. What is the purpose of responsible government? To ensure that the Executive Council is accountable to people of B.C. through their MLAs. What is the purpose of a newly elected Speaker pretending to not want the position? To remind of the violent history of 9 Speakers who lost their heads. What is the role of the Cabinet Committees? To review cabinet submissions put forward by a Ministry before it goes to Cabinet Now Playing at the Leg. Game Cards Page 10 of 11

21 Purpose What is the purpose of granting supply and the Estimates process? To provide an opportunity for all MLAs to question what monies are being requested by each Ministry and why. What would happen if the Mace was not present in the House? The Legislature would not be able to conduct its business Is every government MLA in charge of a Ministry? No, only government MLAs asked by the Premier to be a Minister. The rest are Private Members. Now Playing at the Leg. Game Cards Page 11 of 11

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