Three Branches of Government

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Introduce the branches of government with our Three Branches of Government Lesson Plan.  After successfully completing and studying this interactive lesson, students will be able to identify the three branches of the U.S. government, as well as list some of the responsibilities of each.  The interactive lesson includes an activity that spans multiple sessions as students are assigned roles and must elect others to positions while providing sound justification for their decision.

Three Branches of Government Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the Three Branches of Government
  • Three Branches of Government Practice Worksheets
  • Three Branches of Government activity page
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels

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Introduce the branches of government with our Three Branches of Government Lesson Plan.  After successfully completing and studying this interactive lesson, students will be able to identify the three branches of the U.S. government, as well as list some of the responsibilities of each.  The interactive lesson includes an activity that spans multiple sessions as students are assigned roles and must elect others to positions while providing sound justification for their decision.

Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction Sample:

  1. Ask students: How are rules made at your home? Do you get a say in them? What do you have to do to get a rule changed?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce the three branches of government based on the, sometimes difficult, paths they must follow to get a rule changed in their home or at school. Many people are involved in leading the country, making laws, and deciding what is best for the people.
  3. Distribute Three Branches of Government content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save content page questions for lesson closing. Tell students the name of each building for the branches. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. The activity may take place over a two-day period depending on how much time you want to allow for the lesson.
  5. Stress to the President not to pick friends as a justice. In addition, encourage all students to think about their decision fairly.
  6. Tell students they should be able to back up their arguments regarding their decision.

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Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies

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01/17/2019
Brejean B.
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Three branches of government

This is excellent material to use with kids that keeps them engaged and wanting to learn more. My students enjoyed learning about the three branches of government.

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10/26/2018
Floyd S.
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Love it all!!

I've downloaded and used several of these lesson plans, and they are awesome! Total package, plug-and-play, just the thing when I'm just behind and struggling to find the time to create something of my own. I wish I had found this a couple of years ago.

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11/12/2017
Devon S.
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Love it

I like the fact that the lessons are easy to follow