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Executive Branch of the U.S. Government
Fourth graders create a K-W-L chart of what they know about the executive branch of government. They access the Internet to research a specific level of government. They create a PowerPoint presentation with a minimum of eight slides.
Enforcers of the Law, The Executive Branch
Fourth graders explore the executive branch of government; in particular, Florida's executive branch of government.
Students research structure, function and primary responsibilities of each office of the Executive branch, create a chart displaying their research.
Students examine the role of the executive branch of the federal government and make educated judgments regarding its efficiency. They research the history of the Hoover Commission and the various reorganizations of the executive branch of the federal government.
Students explore the departments within the judicial and executive branches of United States government and create a trivia game to test their knowledge.
Checks and Balances: Safe Harbor
Train young political analysts by following the plans outlined here. After reviewing the three branches of the government, small groups analyze the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004, identify instances of checks and balances, and write their own bill about public policy and media. The bill is a complicated text, and while there is a jigsaw activity built in, more scaffolding might be necessary. Handouts and assignment sheets are all included in the file. The lesson plan is part of a larger unit plan; check out the rest of the lessons on the Take the Challenge website.
Utah's Executive Branch
Seventh graders are introduced to the various departments within the Executive branch of Utah's government. In groups, they research the role of each department and develop questions to be asked during the trivia game. To end the lesson, they compete against each other in answering the questions they developed.
Students study the Constitution. They highlight the important facts about the job of the President and use notes and articles to answer questions pertaining to the Constitution. They watch a video about the executive branch.
Behind the Scenes: The Executive Response to 9/11
Young scholars examine the actions of the executive branch following the September 11th terrorist attacks. In this U.S. government instructional activity, students watch segments of a video titled "Behind the Scenes: The Executive Response to 9/11." Young scholars respond to discussion questions regarding the twenty-two chapters of the video.
The Three Branches of Government
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.
Philanthropic Research Lesson 2: Government Agencies And Philanthropic Organizations
Student examine the working of the Executive Branch of the US government and the existence of non-profit public interest groups. They research government agencies that provide services and programs to non-profit organizations with related interests.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF OFFICE
Learners make an organizational chart. They show the relationship of power in the executive branch of the Illinois state government. They include the responsibilities of each office and define the roles and responsibilities of top officials in Illinois state government (e.g., Governor, Secretary of State).
Abraham Lincoln and Reconstruction
Students study Presidential Reconstruction during the Civil War years. They examine the role of the Executive Branch of government, especially in wartime. They investigate the complex issues of how Congress took on the role of reconstructing the nation after the Civil War.
Executive Branch & Presidents Questions
In this U. S. government worksheet, students respond to 20 short answer questions about the responsibilities of the executive branch and the president.
Making the Branches of Government Relevant
A discussion of the three branches of government can be a fascinating experience.
Middle schoolers are taught that there is more to executive branch of the federal government than the president and cabinet. They identify in pairs the names and fucntions of different departments under the executive branch of federal governemnt. Studnets work together to complete a flow chart of the different parts of the executive branch of the federal government.
What Makes the Nation Go Round
Students explore the structure of the executive branch in order to understand the departments and agencies that implement and enforce policy, specifically energy policy. They read articles and complete guided internet research to share with classmates.
Leaders in the Executive Branch
Students read case studies about the leaders in the executive branch of government. After reading the study, they answer discussion questions and determine if the leader is a good fit for the job. They identify the characteristics and qualities of presidents and cabinet members.
Why a President? Why not a King?
Students research how and why a country elects to have an executive branch of the government. They study the office of the Presidency of the US.
Individual Rights vs. The Greater Good Within the Scope of War
When, if ever, is the government justified in restricting individual rights? When, if ever, should the "greater good" trump individual rights? To prepare to discuss this hot-button topic, class members examine primary source documents, including Abraham Lincoln's Proclamation suspending the Writ of Habeas Corpus, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Order 9066. After an extended controversial issue discussion of the questions, individuals present their own stance through an argumentative essay supported by evidence drawn from the documents.