Students in Norma J. Longoria's second grade Gifted and Talented classes at Salazar Elementary School took on the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17 to celebrate Constitution Day.
Recently a federal law was passed that requires that schools receiving federal funds hold an educational event or lessons about the Constitution on Sept. 17. Longoria's students learned about the three branches of government established by the constitution to govern our country. An in-depth look was taken of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government.
As an activity, students learned that the legislative branch is in charge of making laws and that the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate work together in writing bills that would later be sent to the president. Students learned that each house in Congress has specific rules and duties, all of which are also outlined in the U.S. Constitution.
The students also examined how a bill becomes a law and the process involved in it. As a culminating activity, the students were assigned to write a bill on any topic they felt needed addressing. After going through the right process it would then be sent to the president, in this case, Longoria. She was to review the bill and either approve or veto it.
Two of the gifted students wrote bills that were approved into law by Longoria. The students learned that writing a bill is very challenging and time consuming.