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New Review Branches of Power
Learners take on the roles of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches of government in the United States and work to develop public policy issues and ideas into laws in this engaging and well-designed online interactive.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 43 Views 36 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 71 Views 41 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Through reading materials, worksheets, and a primary source activity, this resource provides an overview of the structure and powers of the legislative branch of government in the United States. Readings review how a bill becomes a law, powers of Congress, and a comparison of the House and the Senate.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 49 Views 42 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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.
6th - 8th Language Arts 67 Views 95 Downloads CCSS: Designed
My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.C.
Although this legislative process instructional activity is designed to accompany a specific text, it is valuable independently. Young learners participate in a picture walk (worksheet included) through My Senator and Me: A Dog's-Eye View of Washington, D.
4th - 6th Language Arts 16 Views 158 Downloads CCSS: Designed
New Review Executive Roles: Money Doesn't Grow on Trees?
As a way of learning about the legislative process in the United States and the role of the executive branch, your young historians will work together as a class to create and authorize a new coin.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 1 Download CCSS: Designed
Anatomy of the Constitution
According to the United States Constitution, which branch of government is responsible for printing money? Declaring war? Punishing pirates?! Also, what is the process for amending the Constitution? These are just some of the questions that your learners will investigate through the many activities and worksheets of this resource, which provides a comprehensive overview of the Constitution and its tenets.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 83 Views 70 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Foreign Policy: War
What is the difference between foreign and domestic policy? What are the primary differences in what the United States hopes to accomplish through foreign aid, the military, and the creation of treaties? Your class members will examine these questions through reading materials and worksheets, and will also consider the distinct responsibilities of the president and Congress in regard to foreign policy.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Makers of the Law, The Legislative Branch
Students, in teams, research the legislative branch and complete a "Legislative Information List." Teams research different parts of the list and jigsaw teach the other groups about each part. One group researches names of state officials.
5th - 6th Social Studies & History 21 Views 83 Downloads
The Fourth Branch: You!
Take time to remind your young learners of the valuable understanding that each branch of the United States government is really composed of other citizens. The reading material and worksheets of this resource cover the importance of citizens and their communication with their representatives.
5th - 11th Social Studies & History 22 Views 17 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 51 Views 428 Downloads
New Review Lesson 2: The Constitution: Our Guiding Document
Explore the structure and content of the US Constitution in the second lesson of this five-part social studies series. A collection of activities, games, and videos complement a class reading of a document summarizing the US Constitution, with learners using their new knowledge to organize their class rules into a formal constitution.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History 84 Views 53 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Lesson 4: The Judiciary: A Brief Introduction to the Courts System
Focusing on the judicial branch of government, the fourth instructional activity in this series explores the structure of the US courts system. Beginning with an engaging activity based on the short story The Lady or the Tiger, students go on to examine the different types of courts and the difference between civil and criminal law.
3rd - 6th Social Studies & History 33 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Regents Review Worksheet #1: Principles of the U.S. Constitution
Kids who take the Regents Exam really need to know a lot of information. This is a wonderful exam review tool that includes 26 pages of questions, charts, and suggested readings to help upper graders pass the test. It focuses on all aspects of the US Government including, the three branches, powers, separation of powers, the Amendments, case studies, checks and balances, rights, and judicial process.
12th Social Studies & History 27 Views 106 Downloads
Term Limits: When is Enough?
Students discuss the issue of term limits in the executive and legislative branches. They research the issue and create a pros and cons chart with the various opinions on Congressional term limits. In addition, they explore the 22nd Amendment, which limits the term of the President,
9th - 12th Social Studies & History 8 Views 29 Downloads
Inside Straight: the Third Branch
Learners use the worksheet as they view the film Inside Straight: the Third Branch. Multiple case studies and the history of the judicial branch of the US government are included via hyperlink and act as the topics of discussion throughout the lesson.
10th - 12th Social Studies & History 15 Views 36 Downloads
3 Branches of Government
Fifth graders explain the process of making and passing laws within Congress by simulating this as a class. They review the three branches of government and focus on the legislative branch for the purposes of creating a bill.
5th Social Studies & History 9 Views 29 Downloads
The Executive Command
Take on the role of president of the United States with this interactive online game, which will acquaint your learners with the various responsibilities of the executive branch of government. While not an in-depth or complex resource, it could be a fun way to summarize all the major tasks that the president must complete, such as negotiating peace treaties, gaining support from Congress, and directing bills to the appropriate government departments.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History 6 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Designed