To enhance our unit of study on the three Branches of Government and state government, we visited the Connecticut State Capitol Building, the Legislative Office Building, and the Old State House in Hartford, Connecticut. First, we participated in a mock trial at the Old State House experiencing how the judicial branch works. The trial was based upon a dispute about a spyglass between the library and the museum. We reinforced our learning of the legislative and executive branch by acting out how a bill becomes a law. Our mock candidates gave speeches regarding how they proposed to extend the amount of time students spend in school, without the interference of their "down time." Voting for our classmates to become our prospective "state representatives" and "governor" was an amazing experience.
We were able to see first hand where the senators vote because we got the special privilege of partaking in a mock vote in the Senate Chamber. Next, we had the opportunity to sit in the "Wishing Chair" and make a wish. Can you believe the wishing chair is actually made from the wood of the original Charter Oak Tree? Then we were lucky enough to meet Representative Candelora in the House of Representatives room and have our picture taken with him.
Mrs.Kilroy teaches fifth grade at Memorial School in Middlefield, CT.