Branches of Government Teacher Resources
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Constitutional Principles: Separation of Powers
Why is separation of powers within a government important for protecting freedom? How does the United States Constitution organize the nation's governing bodies in order to ensure powers are limited and balanced? This video illustrates...
6 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Lesson 4: The Judiciary: A Brief Introduction to the Courts System
Focusing on the judicial branch of government, the fourth lesson in this series explores the structure of the US courts system. Beginning with an engaging activity based on the short story The Lady or the Tiger, students go on to examine...
3rd - 6th CCSS: Adaptable
“You Better Check Yourself!”: Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances in the US Government
Through role playing as one of the three branches of government regarding a congressional decision made in 2000, learners explore the concept of separation of powers and checks and balances.
8th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
The "Tree" Branches of Government
Introduce your learners to the three branches of government with a great collaborative group project. Class members work together to create a graphic organizer in the shape of a tree to inform others about the goals and principles of the...
6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
The Three Branches of Government (Legislative, Executive, Judicial)
Fifth graders compare the three branches of government to a three-legged chair. In this government lesson plan, 5th graders discuss the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and checks and balances. Students study what each branch of...
US Government Review Part 1 - 3 Branches of Government
A fun and interesting teacher describes the three branches of the US government. His lecture style and ability to explain with good examples could be a really big help to older students needing a tutorial or extra support in...
10 mins 9th - 12th
Lesson 2: The Constitution: Our Guiding Document
Explore the structure and content of the US Constitution in the second lesson of this five-part social studies series. A collection of activities, games, and videos complement a class reading of a document summarizing the US...
3rd - 6th CCSS: Adaptable
The Constitution, the Articles, and Federalism
Check out this entertaining, speedy, and highly informative overview of the founding stages of the United States government. The video includes a detailed discussion of the limitations of the Articles of Confederation, the eventual...
13 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
The Challenge of Selecting an Ideal Supreme Court Nominee
New ReviewNearly every president has had the opportunity to name a nominee to the United States Supreme Court. But what makes someone an ideal candidate to become a Supreme Court justice? High schoolers test their prior knowledge about the Supreme...
10th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable