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Students analyze how the outcome of the 2002 midterm elections changed the balance of power in the government. They write a news analysis and evaluation of how the nation be governed in the future.
Second graders explain the institutions and practices of governments in the United States and other countries. They explain the difference between making laws, carrying out laws, determining if laws have been violated and punishing wrongdoers.
Students discuss the reasons for separation of powers between the branches of government. They list the branches and identify the powers and functions of each.
In this Congress learning exercise, students read a passage about the U.S. Congress, then complete 4 multiple choice questions. An answer key is included.
Fifth graders explore the three branches of the Federal Government and their responsibilities. They rotate through three centers to describe 3 responsibilities of each branch. They summarize their findings in the centers by visiting posters of each branch and answering questions.
Students review the first three articles of the United States Constitution. In groups, they examine the three branches of government and their function. They follow the path of a bill until it becomes law and discuss Congress' role.
Fourth graders act as the three branches of the government, study the Constitution, and identify what powers they have based on cards they are given. For this powers of Government lesson plan, 4th graders discuss the branches, functions, and checks and balances.
Students research the judiciary branch of government, the way in which judges are appointed and the apparent loopholes and remedies in the legal process.
Fourth graders examine the history of the Ohio Statehouse and order the major historical events in its development. The instructional activity traces the development from the time of Ohio's vast wilderness to the house's completion in 1861.
Learners examine gays rights issues in the United States. In this gay marriage lesson, students investigate how people have made their cases before the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government to secure their civil rights. Learners write essays regarding the topic.
Eleventh graders examine the leadership of the Legislative Branch of the federal and state governments.  For this American Government lesson, 11th graders create a diagram that represents the structure of the US government.  Students compare and contrast the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Students identify key representatives in the legislative and executive branches of the Federal and State governments
Learners examine the actions of the executive branch following the September 11th terrorist attacks. In this U.S. government lesson, students watch segments of a video titled "Behind the Scenes: The Executive Response to 9/11." Learners respond to discussion questions regarding the twenty-two chapters of the video.
Students examine the responsibilities of the 3 branches of U.S. government. In this checks and balances lesson, students identify the powers of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. Students share examples of the responsibilities of each branch in today's world.
Students dramatize the process by which a bill becomes a law. They design a product that explains the function of the Legislative Branch in government and present their work to the class.
Explore check and balances within the branches of government with this worksheet. Learners explore the functions of each branch and answer questions concerning how a bill becomes law and about the system that the Founding Fathers created. There are 4 questions and a "table talk" activity about political parties.
Fourth graders study the three branches of government and the process of how a bill becomes a law. They watch the School House Rock video "I'm Just a Bill" and sing the song after viewing the video. They answer question regarding a bill and how it becomes a law.
In these reading skills worksheets, 5th graders read the chart about the branches of the U.S. Government. Students answer 4 questions about the chart. Students then use an issue from the Time for Kids magazine to complete the graphic organizer.
Fifth graders focus on looking at the similarities and differences between local, state, and federal governments in North Carolina and the United States. They identify the three branches of government and explain how they function.
Students examine the powers of the president. They discover how his power can cause conflict between the different branches of government. They read a case study about how Bill Clinton has contributed to the common good.