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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.
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,
Young scholars explain why the Framers designed a long and complicated legislative process, and evaluate how effectively the legislative branch of the government is serving the purposes for which it was created.
This true or false exercise covers basic knowledge about the branches of government. This activity 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. Use it as a homework assignment or exit slip.
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.
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.
Eleventh graders explore the legislative branch of the United States government.  For this US Government lesson, 11th graders research a specific legislator.  Students write an essay describing that legislators role in the government.
Students examine the legislative stucture at the federal and state levels. In this legislative branch lesson, students conduct research regarding the structure of the legislative branches at the federal and state levels. Students also watch a filmstrip pertaining to Congress.
Students explore the role of legislators. In this legislative branch lesson, students examine the legislative branch in all 3 levels of government and use the Internet to research their specific duties.
Seventh graders discover how a bill becomes a law in Utah. In groups, they decide on a law they would like to see enacted and discuss its chances of being passed by the legislative branch in Utah. They hold elections in which each classmate role plays a different member of the three branches. To end the lesson plan, they vote on the bill and discuss how it can be brought up for review.
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.
Students explore the role of Congress. In this legislative branch lesson, students examine how House and Senate members formulate policy. Students identify community issues and discuss how they can bring these issues to the attention of their Congressional representatives.
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.
High schoolers explore the role of Congressional members. In this legislative branch lesson, students examine how House and Senate members formulate policy as they research the topic and write essays regarding their findings.
Eighth graders examine the three branches of government and the system of checks and balances.
Students examine executive and legislative powers. In this federal powers lesson, students determine who has the power to wage war in the U.S. government. Students analyze the Constitution and research historical precedents regarding war-making policy.
In this U. S. government worksheet, students respond to 10 short answer questions about the responsibilities of congressional members.
Students explore the three branches of government. In this government and U.S. history lesson, students listen to a story about a boy who attempts to sponsor a bill to ban cartoons. Students interview three teachers who each represent one of the branches of government. Students share facts they discovered about the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government.
Although this legislative process lesson 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.C. During an interactive read-aloud, they examine how a bill becomes a law. They compare the story to what they find in their text, using a graphic organizer (included). Reading and writing activities offer deeper coverage.
A discussion of the three branches of government can be a fascinating experience.