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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. Try taking the time to pause the video as you present it in order to expand on the descriptions and perhaps to include some mini-lessons or activities on each branch. 
Students explore the challenges that Iraqi leaders are facing while working to create a new government. They engage in a class simulation in which they create a new governing council to preside over their school.
Students, in groups, investigate the purpose and jurisdiction of government agencies assigned to regulate different science/technology/health issues, then describe situations in which agencies might have a disagreement, and stage a mock hearing.
A discussion of the three branches of government can be a fascinating experience.
This thorough resource helps government and economics classes understand the complexity of city planning by giving them the responsibility to plan a budget and then propose cuts in a mock city council meeting. It includes background information, an introductory activity to increase relevance, key vocabulary, and two additional activities along with all of the necessary worksheets. While this was intended for residents of Omaha, it is adaptable to any location. Includes standards and a rubric.
Middle schoolers explain the basic positions of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists. They chart the differences and similarities between state and federal governments. They write a persuasive essay in response to an open-ended question.
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.  Students list the variety of goods and services provided by the government that assist everyday people, and discuss what life would be like without those services.
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.
Second graders explore goods and services that are provided by the government. In this goods and services lesson, 2nd graders discover that some goods and services are paid for through taxes. Students explore libraries, parks, and emergency services. Reader's Theater and other resources are provided.
Students explore values that unite Americans. In this government lesson, students recall the symbols of America and discuss how to create a "Classroom Constitution." Students form rules and write their own Constitution.
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.
Young scholars 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.
Students explore executive decision making in the federal Cabinet. They are able to explain the need for executive decisions. Students explore how executive decisions are implemented through government departments.
Students, with a small group of other classmates, research information about their country's government including voting process, budget setting or the process needed to pass new laws. They design and make a game board that incorporates the information they gathered.
In this review of United States government worksheet, 5th graders recall facts and answer multiple choice questions. Students answer 25 questions.
The world is a big place, so it only stands to reason that different forms of government exist. Democracy, autocracy, oligarch, monarch, and dictatorship are all defined. An extensive explanation of US government system is also included. You can learn a lot from a slide show!
Students explore different types of government. In this government instructional activity, 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 instructional activity.
Students examine the roles of those in Parliament. In this British government instructional activity, students participate in a mock election and conduct research regarding the difference between Parliament and government. 
Students explore the Orange Revolution. In this Orange Revolution lesson plan, students examine the climate of the Ukrainian protest and investigate the role of Canadian government in the protest.
Fourth graders research the branches of the government. In this government lesson, 4th graders explore each of the branches and the checks and balances system. They look at the federal government and the Constitution. 

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