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A discussion of the three branches of government can be a fascinating experience.
Fifth graders compare the three branches of government to a three-legged chair. In this government lesson, 5th graders discuss the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and checks and balances. Students study what each branch of government does and the names for each.
Fourth graders work in groups to research the branches of government and create a presentation to share with the class.  In this branches of government instructional activity, 4th graders choose one of nine activities related issue of the banning of cartoons.
Students complete a unit on the three branches of government. They compare/contrast the three branches of government, write a letter or e-mail to an executive in the Federal Government, and develop outlines for historical documents.
Students explore the three branches of government. In this government and U.S. history lesson plan, students listen to a story about a boy who attempts to sponsor a bill to ban cartoons. Students interview three teachers who each represent one of the branches of government. Students share facts they discovered about the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.
Fourth graders explore the three branches of government.
Eighth graders examine the three branches of government and the system of checks and balances.
Fourth graders brainstorm of what they think of when they think about the word state government and list their suggestions on the board. They listen to lecture about the three branches of government understanding how each branch is connected to the others.
Seventh graders discover details about the responsibilities of the 3 branches of government in the United States. In this checks and balances lesson plan, 7th graders view a SMART Board supported lecture that reveals the jobs of the legislative, judicial, and executive Branch members.
Young historians climb through the three branches of the US government in the third lesson of this five-part series. While reading the first three Articles of the Constitution in small groups, children write facts on paper leaves that are used to create a government tree display. The lesson concludes with a short play that highlights how the Constitution creates a system of checks and balances to separate power in the government.
A fun and interesting teacher describes the three branches of the US government. His lecture style and ability to explain with good examples could be a really big help to older students needing a tutorial or extra support in comprehending the complex nature of the US government. This very informative and entertaining video defines bicameral legislature, House of Representatives, branches of government, and other related vocabulary.
Students investigate the US government. In this US government lesson, students research the branches of government. Students create a game show with answers and questions. Students make posters for each of the three branches of government.
Students understand the purpose of the judicial branch of government. In this judiciary lesson, students participate in exercises to understand how the court system works. Students complete activity sheets to develop understanding of courts and peer mediation.
Fourth graders study the three branches of government. In this politics lesson, 4th graders list the three branches of government, understanding what each branch does, and compare and contrast how government is run with how the school is run by writing an essay about the similarities and differences.
In this Time For Kids:  branches of the U. S. Government and following directions worksheet, 6th graders read about the branches of government and answer 4 questions, then use the magazine to complete the graphic organizer.
Fourth graders examine the origins, structures, and functions of the Colorado government. In this understanding by design lesson, 4th graders explore the three branches of government. Students identify the roles of state leaders and the services state governments provide. Students will discuss how the decisions of the state government affect local government and how their relationship interfaces with the federal law. 
Eighth graders research the three branches of government and examine the effect that the separation of powers has on the presidency. They explain the importance of the rule of law in establishing limits on both those who govern and the governed.
Fourth graders participate in a game in that helps them review the branches of government
Eighth graders participate in an activity about the three branches of government. In this government lesson plan, 8th graders are broken into three groups for the three branches of government. The teacher reads different situations and the students state which branch of the government is responsible. 
Seventh graders explain the relationship between Utah's three branches of government.

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