Legislative Teacher Resources
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Branches of National Government
Students investigate the branches of the U.S. government. In this U.S. government lesson, students research websites and create a web describing the branches of national government.
Michigan Constitution and the Legislative Branch
Students explore online resources to compare and contrast the different constitutions the state of Michigan has had. They continue their exploration of various websites, focusing on the legistlative branch and the homepage of their local senator.
Branches of the U.S. Government
In this recognizing the three branches of the United States government worksheet, students read a chart about the legislative, executive, and judicial branches and use the information to answer questions. Students write 5 answers.
Exploring Enumerated and Implied Powers
Here is a most-impressive resource on implied powers that were established under the Marshall Court. Learners examine the court's interpretation of Article 1 in McCullough vs. Maryland. They also analyze the Constitution in order to see the differences between enumerated and implied powers. There is an excellent worksheet that leads pupils through a writing exercise on these topics embedded in the plan. This is one of the better lessons on law and the courts I have ever seen.
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.
Making and Carrying Out Laws
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.
What is Congress?
In this Congress worksheet, 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.
Introduction to the Constitution: The First Three Articles of the Constitution, Separation of Powers
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.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered: Marbury v. Madison and an Independent Judiciary
Students research the judiciary branch of government, the way in which judges are appointed and the apparent loopholes and remedies in the legal process.
Ohio Statehouse History
Fourth graders examine the history of the Ohio Statehouse and order the major historical events in its development. The activity traces the development from the time of Ohio's vast wilderness to the house's completion in 1861.
Marriage Equality: Different Strategies for Attaining Equal Rights
Young scholars 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. Young scholars write essays regarding the topic.
Eleventh graders examine the leadership of the Legislative Branch of the federal and state governments. In 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.
We the People: An American Government Project
Students identify key representatives in the legislative and executive branches of the Federal and State governments
Behind the Scenes: The Executive Response to 9/11
Students examine the actions of the executive branch following the September 11th terrorist attacks. In this U.S. government lesson plan, students watch segments of a video titled "Behind the Scenes: The Executive Response to 9/11." Students respond to discussion questions regarding the twenty-two chapters of the video.
US Government: The Checks and Balances System of the US Constitution
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.
Rock the Vote
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.
Checks and Balances
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.
I'm Just a Bill
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.
The U.S. Supreme Court
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.