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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.
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.  In this US Government lesson plan, 11th graders research a specific legislator.  Students write an essay describing that legislators role in the government.
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, they vote on the bill and discuss how it can be brought up for review.
Students explain the sharing of powers between the Executive and Legislative branches in the war-making power. They also gain an insight into the events surrounding the declaration of war in 1941 and the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution in 1964.
High schoolers 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,
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 explore the role of Congressional members. In this legislative branch lesson, students examine the operation of the bicameral arm of the goverment as they analyze content of the Federalist Papers to determine why Congress is set up the way it is. Students also consider the steps in the legislative process and find out they still work today. Students create PowerPoint presentations based on their findings.
High schoolers examine laws that have benefited the nation in a variety of ways. The congressperson in the legislative branch of the government primarily responsible for the passage of the law and the current representatives are sought in this lesson.
Students 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.
Students name some interesting backgrounds of Members of Congress, identify their current representatives in the legislative branch of the national government, and describe the background of one local representative or senator.
Eighth graders examine the three branches of government and the system of checks and balances.
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. Use it as a homework assignment or exit slip.
Fourth graders discuss what they think of when they hear the word government and write their suggestions on the board. They discuss what the state government is and what it does. They then discover the three separate branches of government and their responsibilities.
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.
Seventh graders discover details about the responsibilities of the 3 branches of government in the United States. For this checks and balances lesson, 7th graders view a SMART Board supported lecture that reveals the jobs of the legislative, judicial, and executive Branch members.
Fourth graders use the internet, social studies book and Inspiration to research the three branches of NC government. They examine ways North Carolinians govern themselves and identify major government authorities at the local and state level.
A discussion of the three branches of government can be a fascinating experience.
Students examine the legislative stucture at the federal and state levels. In this legislative branch lesson plan, 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. For this legislative branch lesson, students examine the legislative branch in all 3 levels of government and use the Internet to research their specific duties.