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Scavenger Hunt: "Democracy In Your Hometown" Worksheet

Help students to understand how democracy relates to his or her hometown life. This worksheet links with a website to help students identify who members of local government are and what their functions are.

Democracy in Your Hometown

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Directions: What do you know about the people who make the big decisions for a community? Explore the Web site provided below. Then read each statement and question on this page, and answer each question based on the information on the Web site. Three possible answers appear below each question. Circle the correct answer.

Web Resource: Hometown U.S.A
http://www.pbs.org/democracy/inyourtown/hometown/index.html

 

 

  1. Commuters in hometown U.S.A are discussing how to spend the local transportation budget. Who will settle the argument over whether the money will be spent on more buses or on better roads?

     

    police chief governor city council

     

  2. A school in hometown U.S.A is looking for a new principal. Who is responsible for finding and hiring the person who will do the best job?

     

    PTA school board mayor

     

  3. Local environmentalists say a factory is polluting the stream in hometown U.S.A. The mayor says the water is clean enough to swim in. Who decides whether the water in the town is clean enough?

     

    local government federal government state government

     

  4. A woman in hometown U.S.A. wants to start a bakery in her kitchen. Who makes the final decision about whether she can operate a business in her home?

     

    neighbors zoning board city council

     

  5. A former resident has donated 5 acres of land to hometown U.S.A. Who will finally decide whether a baseball diamond or a nature park is built on the land?

     

    city council recreation department board of education

     

As an additional challenge, make a list of the elected offices that govern your hometown. Write a brief description of the responsibilities of each of those elected officials!

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Answer Key: Democracy in Your Hometown

  1. city council
  2. school board
  3. federal government (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
  4. city council
  5. city council

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