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Fourth graders, after studying the three branches of state government and gathering together a variety of art materials, create a mobile explaining all three branches of the government. They display their mobiles inside the classroom for all to observe.
Students examine the role of Supreme Court justices. In this judicial branch lesson, students consider the civil rights and civil liberties as they investigate Minersville School District v. Gobitis (1940) and West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette (1943).
Students review case summaries.  In this case summary lesson, students examine case summaries and opinions.  Groups of students discuss each opinion and write their own opinion of the decision.  Groups present their brief to the class.
Students compare and contrast federal and state courts. In this judicial system lesson, students discover the jurisdiction of the federal and state courts prior to playing a jurisdiction game.
Students explore the departments within the judicial and executive branches of United States government and create a trivia game to test their knowledge.
Students review CongressLink on the internet and study the branches of government. They work in groups to create charts showing the structure and functions of the three branches of government as outlined in the first three articles to the Constitution.
Reinforce terminology that goes along with the branches of government with this crossword puzzle. There are 17 clues provided. Learners fill in the crossword puzzle with the appropriate answers regarding the legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Since there is no word bank, this is a slightly more challenging exercise. Assign this as review for homework or as a brief in-class activity.
In this branches of government learning exercise, students complete a graphic organizer that requires them to label the Executive branch, Legislative Branch, and Judicial Branch.
For this U.S. Constitution worksheet, students complete a graphic organizer that requires them to list responsibilities of members of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
Twelfth graders examine how a case travels through the Supreme Court and how Judges come to final decisions. In this understanding the Supreme Court activity, 12th graders discover how opinions are written in the Supreme Court and watch a video to reinforce the process of a case traveling through the judicial system.
Students analyze the role of the U.S. Supreme Court. They read a handout and Article III, section 1 of the Constitution, analyze and rate by relevance noteworthy Supreme Court cases, and write how they decided each rating.
High schoolers investigate the 3 branches of government and the constitution. In this social studies lesson plan, students discuss the role of the Supreme Court in the U.S. This assignment is compatible with the TI Navigator.      
Looking for a quick assessment to give to your class about the branches of government in the United States? This is a multiple choice activity that could be used as a quiz. There are 9 questions, some of which are a bit dated and should be checked over or eliminated. You might use this to inspire your own quiz.
Students study the judicial branch and role of the courts in government. In this courts lesson plan, students identify the responsibilities of appellate courts and trial courts. Students work in pairs to determine if the situations given relate to a trial court or appellate court.
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 is part of a larger unit plan; check out the rest of the lessons on the Take the Challenge website.
Students investigate several controversial issues in the criminal justice system relating to death row and give oral reports explaining how their issues safeguard or contaminate the issue of fairness in capital punishment. They offer ideas for improvement
Students explore the court cases and legal organizations that were instrumental in creating a system of juvenile justice in the United States, then present their findings in a composite timeline.
Students discuss how the issues surrounding school integration have changed since the Little Rock Nine entered Central High School. They discuss the recent events in Jena, Louisiana. Students write a letter to a school administrator about the realities of racial segregation in their school.
In this review of United States government worksheet, 5th graders recall facts and answer multiple choice questions. Students answer 25 questions.
Young scholars determine the difference between the different branches of government and assess the role of each within the American governmental system.