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Practice vocabulary that goes along with the branches of government in the United States. For this activity, young historians use the hint given to unscramble 10 words about the branches of U.S. government. This is a basic word scramble worksheet that would help learners memorize government terminology. Answers are included at the end.
Learners investigate the facets and structure of the judicial branch. In this American government lesson, students discover the responsibilities of the federal and the state courts. Learners complete vocabulary, worksheet, and case law activities.
Seventh graders explain that the judicial branch of Utah's government interprets laws and reviews the consitutionality of laws.
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.
Students explain the concept of the three branches of government. By understanding the development of the these branches students better explain the decision making process by which our government lives.
Students investigate the concept of the three branches of government by dividing into three teams. They record the powers of the three branches.
Fourth graders rotate through centers to become familiar with the three branches of government. They examine the responsibilities of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of state and local government. Students analyze the choices and opportunity cost involved in economic decisions.
The strength of this plan, which focuses on the War Powers Act, is in the included supplementary materials. Class members read several provided documents, take notes, and discuss their opinions and then deliberate within small groups or partnerships. The lesson wraps up with a whole-class discussion and essay assignment.
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.
In this U.S. branches of government worksheet, students respond to 15 fill in the blank questions regarding the powers of the legislative branch of government.
Students explore the role of Congressional members. In this legislative branch lesson, students play an online game that requires them to consider the needs of their constituents prior to sponsoring bills in Congress.
In this review of United States government worksheet, 5th graders recall facts and answer multiple choice questions. Students answer 25 questions.
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. 
Primary historical sources can be a challenge for some readers, so these seven guided-reading questions will be very useful to US History or Government classes studying The Articles of Confederation. Each question has multiple parts and demands critical thinking. Working individually, the handout could take at least a couple of hours. To manage it in one or two class periods, consider dividing the class into groups and divvying the questions between groups.
These guided reading questions accompany several websites on the development of the US Constitution. While some of the links have changed, they are still accessible. History or government classes benefit from reading primary source documents to deepen their understanding of the Virginia and New Jersey plan.  Be sure to correct the minor typographical errors before distributing. 
Students consider the importance and influence of congressional committees. They research congressional committee assignments, jurisdictions and responsibilities as illustrations of the basic principles of American federalism.
Helping teenagers defend their beliefs with a foundational understanding of government structure.
Students examine Article I, Section 7, and Article II, Sections 2 and 3, of the U.S. Constitution, explain the president's role in the lawmaking process, and define the term veto.
Eleventh graders explore the Merchants of death thesis.  In this American History lesson, 11th graders explain the Neutrality Laws.  Students assess the overall effectiveness of US neutrality policy. 
Students analyze and summaries the Federalist arguments for the ratification of the Constitution using the Federalist Papers. They analyze and summarize the Anti-Federalist arguments against the ratification of the Constitution.