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How is Power Divided in the United States Government?
Need an introduction to the three branches of the United States government? Look no further! This video offers a basic breakdown of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, including their general makeup and designated responsibilities.
4 mins 7th - 12th Social Studies & History 79 Views 76 Downloads
While this lesson includes several nice worksheets to identify and discuss the various limits on government (i.e. a constitution, the rule of law, separation of powers, consent of the governed, etc.), its main value lies in a case study of Alberto Fujimori's rise to power in Peru and rule as an autocrat.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 49 Views 40 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review Lesson 3: Branches of Government
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.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History 22 Views 11 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review What Basic Ideas About Government Are Included in the Preamble to the Constitution?
Young historians explore the meaning of the Preamble to the US Constitution in this upper-elementary social studies lesson. Working with partners or in small groups, children discuss the purpose of government before reading and analyzing the words and phrases used in the Preamble.
4th - 6th Social Studies & History 4 Views 1 Download CCSS: Adaptable
“State of Nature” v. Government
What are the advantages and disadvantages of living in a state of nature, and what does an ideal government look like? After discussing these concepts and reviewing the Bill of Rights, your young historians will be divided into groups that must determine the best form of government, and then defend their decision in a presentation to their peers.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 32 Views 27 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Government Goods and Services
Fifth graders investigate the connection between taxes and government services. In this economics lesson, 5th graders discuss the process and benefits of paying sales and income taxes. Using calculators, students compute the amount of tax paid based on the percentage.
5th Math 7 Views 8 Downloads
Three Levels of Government
Students name and broadly classify the powers and duties of each level of executive government in Australia. They identify and examine areas of overlaid and cooperation between various executive levels. Students examine the nature of disaster relief decision making.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 25 Views 104 Downloads
What is Government?
Students explore values that unite Americans. In this government instructional activity, students recall the symbols of America and discuss how to create a "Classroom Constitution." Students form rules and write their own Constitution.
3rd - 5th Social Studies & History 58 Views 184 Downloads
The Purpose of Government
Students describe the purpose of government. They explain how the purpose of government is reflected in the Preamble of the Constitution. They describe one way the United States government fulfills its responsibilities.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 46 Views 184 Downloads
Government Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan 2
Students explore the structure and powers of the federal government. They assess the validity of recent criticisms of each branch of the federal government and create pyramid posters which simulate the structure of government.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 12 Views 39 Downloads
Types of Government
Students explore different types of government. In this government lesson, students discuss the role of government in modern society, identify different types of modern governments, and play a game based on the information gleaned from the lesson.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History 89 Views 349 Downloads
Government Lesson Plan: Lesson 1
Students identify the powers of national and state governments. They evaluate the balance of national versus state power. They utilize worksheets imbedded in this plan to gain a deeper perspective of how the government powers are separated.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 9 Views 14 Downloads
Powers of Government
Students explore and identify the power of national and state governments. They discuss the concept of federalism and the distribution of governmental powers. As a class, they examine the balance of power between the federal and state governments.
7th - 12th Social Studies & History 12 Views 27 Downloads
The Government Connection to Healthy Citizens
Young scholars describe the objectives of the Department of Health and Human Services. They list the agencies within the Department that deal with health issues in America. Students explain the role of government in skin cancer prevention.
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 3 Views 4 Downloads
Government Lesson Plan 2
Students work in small group with a sheet of poster board and old magazines. They fold the poster board as indicated on the pyramid diagram. Students label each side with one branch of the government. They glue pictures from the magazine to indicate related duties of each branch .
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 10 Downloads
True or False?: 3 Branches of U.S. Government
This true or false exercise covers basic knowledge about the branches of government. This worksheet is composed of 10 statements. Learners must determine if each statement is true or false. If it is false, they write in the correct answer. This would be a good way to see if your class is clear on the responsibilities of each branch of the government.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 44 Views 424 Downloads