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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.
Seventh graders explain the relationship between Utah's three branches of government.
Students understand that the federal government is divided into 3 branches. They are introduced to Article II of the U.S. Constitution, which concerns the selection and duties of the president.
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. This could also be used a guide to teaching a unit on the US government.
Fourth graders work in groups to research the branches of government and create a presentation to share with the class.  For this branches of government lesson, 4th graders choose one of nine activities related issue of the banning of cartoons.
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. 
Students study the governmental system of checks and balances between the individual branches. The balances are reviewed and the goal of the lesson is to develop and answer the question, "What are some ways the three branches of our government check one another?"
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.
Learners review stages of the legislative process, how committees help determine the outcome, and by deciding which bills the full Congress consider. They research committee assignments to consider why representation is important to the people
Students investigate how different branches of government affect or aid the appointment of a Supreme Court justice nominee and the responsibilities of a judge. They, in groups, focus their research on a branch of government and present to the class.
Students investigate the US government. In this US government lesson, students research the branches of government. Students create a game show with answers and questions. Students make posters for each of the three branches of government.
Students analyze Article 1 of the Constitution. They respond to the Public Criticism E-Learning module.
Students investigate Congressional responsibilities. In this U.S. Constitution instructional activity, students explore the responsibilities of Congressional members and then write want-ads that feature the salary, skills, location, job requirements, and job benefits of House and Senate office holders.
Students explore the responsibilities of the House of Representatives and the Senate. In this Legislative Branch lesson, students define vocabulary regarding the branch's responsibilities, take notes on a video regarding the branch, and discuss the powers of the branch in a teacher-led discussion.
Students discover how a bill becomes a law. In this Legislative Branch lesson, students watch C-Span coverage of a bill making its way through the House and the Senate. Students use the provided worksheet to chart the progress of the bill.
Students determine the role of each branch of government in a system of checks and balances. They demonstrate the role of the judiciary in American government
Students identify the three branches of the federal government and their role in our government. They identify important events and accomplishments in the life of one president of the United States. Students identify the major national issues and events faced by the president and evaluate an event in the president's administration that showed the system of checks and balances at work.
What better way to review the development of American government, than with a game? Play a Millionaire-style game to review topics like, the Bill of Rights, the branches of government, the Articles of Confederation, and federalism. Fifteen fun questions and answers await!
Seventh graders explain the steps by which a bill becomes a law. They research how a bill becomes a law within the three branches of Utah's government and synthesize their research and discussion in a classroom representation of government.
Young scholars discuss the reasons for separation of powers between the branches of government. They list the branches and identify the powers and functions of each.