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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 research the judiciary branch of government, the way in which judges are appointed and the apparent loopholes and remedies in the legal process.
Students identify key representatives in the legislative and executive branches of the Federal and State governments
Young scholars 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." Young scholars respond to discussion questions regarding the twenty-two chapters of the video.

Rock the Vote

2nd - 5th
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.
Students examine the responsibilities of the 3 branches of U.S. government. For 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.
Have learners try their hands at an online quiz. There are 32 multiple choice questions all related to the three branches of the US government. Questions regarding US economics are also included. 
Seventh graders study the congressional system in the United States.  For this American Government lesson, 7th graders participate in informal negotiations with fellow student-legislators in order to get legislation passed.
Students investigate hate crime legislation. In this hate crime lesson, students examine the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act Students explore the fine between hate crime legislation and First Amendment rights.
Middle schoolers are taught that there is more to executive branch of the federal government than the president and cabinet. They identify in pairs the names and fucntions of different departments under the executive branch of federal governemnt. Studnets work together to complete a flow chart of the different parts of the executive branch of the federal government.
Students explore the structure of European Union (EU) governance. In this EU instructional activity, students research EU geography, member countries, and commission attributes. Students also listen to a lecture regarding the EU legislative process and compare it the U.S. legislative branch of goverment.
Eighth graders research the three branches of government and examine the effect that the separation of powers has on the presidency. They explain the importance of the rule of law in establishing limits on both those who govern and the governed.
This straightforward fill-in-the-blank activity could be used for a variety of purposes. Young historians are given 10 sentences about the branches of government; they fill in the blanks with terminology that is related to the United States governmental system. While not highly interactive, this could be an effective tool to check understanding and to see if your class can identify the branches of government and each branch's responsibilities.
Fourth graders study the three branches of government. In this politics lesson, 4th graders list the three branches of government, understanding what each branch does, and compare and contrast how government is run with how the school is run by writing an essay about the similarities and differences.

Branching Out

3rd - 5th
Students research structure, function and primary responsibilities of each office of the Executive branch, create a chart displaying their research.
High schoolers consider the relationship between Congressional members and special interest groups. In this legislative branch lesson, students conduct research to identify donations made to Congressional committee members by lobbyists.
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.
In this United States government worksheet, students cut out nine phrases that describe jobs of the government and place them under the correct branch of government that is responsible for the specific job.
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.
After reviewing and reading about the three branches of US Government, complete this activity with your class. In groups, they will place their "cards" on the board under the correct branch. This lesson is weak and unclear. I'd make a classroom tree that displays each branch of government and little branches for each job the major branches are responsible for. Pupils would have to research and draw images for each job, those images would then hang from tree like fruit.