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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 instructional activity, 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.
Students explore the three branches of government. They create a graphic diagram to show each branch of government. Students include the qualifications for service and duties of each branch of government in their graphic diagram.
This is a basic multiple choice activity. Learners answer a set of 9 multiple choice questions about early colonists and branches of government. You might use this as a check for understanding or a quick quiz. The first 2 questions are on a slightly different topic than the other 7 questions.
Take on the role of president of the United States with this interactive online game, which will acquaint your learners with the various responsibilities of the executive branch of government. While not an in-depth or complex resource, it could be a fun way to summarize all the major tasks that the president must complete, such as negotiating peace treaties, gaining support from Congress, and directing bills to the appropriate government departments. Note: Users will need to sign up for a free account in order to save in-game progress and unlock certain achievements.
In this 3 branches of government worksheet, students read a set of facts, then determine and write which branch of government the fact applies to. Answers are included on page 2.
Students study the executive branch of the Michigan government through online research and by answering questions. They discover the difference between the legislative and executive branches through class discussion.
Students research the branches of government and write summaries about both the state and federal systems. After conducting reaserch in texts and online, students create Venn diagrams displaying the governmental functions of the three branches.
Students examine the differences and similarities in the Legislative and Executive branches of the federal government. They research how the legislative branch has changed over time and the issues of making new laws. They role play the role of the president to determine how difficult it is to make informed decisions. They discuss conflicts between the two branches as well.
High schoolers investigate how legislation works.  In the Social Studies lesson, the students will explore vocabularies that are essential to the lesson.  Then the high schoolers will be broken up into groups of 4-8.  They will be given 4 different tasks that must be completed, online and with the TI calculator.    
Learners read case studies about the leaders in the legislative branch of government. After reading the studies, they discover how the leaders have compromised on issues to best serve their states. They answer discussion questions and identify the roles lawmakers have played in public life.
Ninth graders consider how the Bill of Rights impacts the lawmaking process in the United States. In this Bill of Rights lesson, 9th graders discuss the amendments and their limitations. Students research the role of the Legislative Branch and create presentations that feature their findings. 
Students investigate the facets and structure of the judicial branch. In this American government lesson plan, students discover the responsibilities of the federal and the state courts. Students complete vocabulary, worksheet, and case law activities.
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. Try taking the time to pause the video as you present it in order to expand on the descriptions and perhaps to include some mini-lessons or activities on each branch. 
How did the United States Congress determine how the new president and vice president would be named when the nation was first established? Who would provide money for the government, and how would the executive branch be organized? 
Fourth graders enhance their knowledge of the three branches of the state government. They use the internet to research the responsibilities of a branch. Students share their information with other members of the class.
Students investigate the concept of the three branches of government by dividing into three teams. They record the powers of the three branches.
Sixth graders use the "Making the Grade" books, citizenship packets, and the "Ben's Guide" website to create a poster and a report on their assigned government branch. They then present their poster and report to their classmates.