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Lesson 2: The Tired King
Students are introduced to the three functions of government (legislative, judicial, and executive). They read and discuss a story about an overworked king who must handle all the tasks of government. Students give a description of the three functions of government.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
TE Activity: Pollution Politics
Students examine how a bill becomes a law in the US Congress. They investigate legislation about global warming. They determine the role of engineers as they educate Congress, the public and other government institutions about global warming.
4th - 6th Technology & Engineering
Fourth graders, after studying the three branches of state government and gathering together a variety of art materials, create a mobile explaining all three branches of the government. They display their mobiles inside the classroom for all to observe.
4th Social Studies & History
Congressional Committees and the Legislative Process
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
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
Same-Sex Marriage Legalized in New York
Same-sex marriage is the hot topic discussed in this New York Times article. Upper graders read the article and then answer eight comprehension questions. Note: This article is more about the Senate and legislation than about same-sex marriage.
9th - 11th Social Studies & History
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.
4th - 6th English Language Arts
Follow the Leader
Here is a phenomenal lesson on the three branches of government for your second and third-graders. It presents this often-confusing information in an easy-to-understand format. Many excellent activities and worksheets are embedded in the plan, including coloring in the reverse side of the South Dakota State Quarter and identifying the four famous faces on Mt.
2nd - 3rd Social Studies & History
The Legislative Branch
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.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
The House of Representatives and the Senate
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.
8th - 11th Social Studies & History
The Great State
What's the difference between a state and a United States senator? How does the process for passing a bill in a state legislature compare with that of the national government? Here is a resource that will help your learners to answer these questions and many more regarding the characteristics and structure of state government.
6th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed
How is Power Divided in the United States Government?
Need an introduction to the three branches of the United States government? Look no further! This video offers a basic breakdown of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches, including their general makeup and designated responsibilities.
4 mins 7th - 12th Social Studies & History
Judges on Trial
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.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History
Lesson 5: Duties and Roles of the Supreme Court
Twelfth graders explore the role of the Judicial Branch. In this U.S. government lesson, 12th graders take notes on how the courts have changed over time and then become observers of the court's history as they create timelines that highlight the major changes.
12th Social Studies & History