This branches of government pack is a great way to include engaging activities in your social studies unit. Teaching the branches of government can be a little boring, but this activity pack is sure to keep your kiddos engaged and ready to learn!
This pack includes the following:
** Center Cards & brochure activity
** Task Cards/ optional game board activity
**branches of government glyp
** legislative branch act it out activity
** branches of government sort
Here's a little more about the activities:
Center cards are my favorite way to teach social studies content. My students travel around in groups learning about the Branches of Government by reading short passages and completing a student-led brochure. I set a timer for 10 minutes and each group is assigned a center card. From there, students are reading the passages about the content material and completing the brochure. I like to have a “reader leader” in each group, which is that student who reads the passage aloud and helps model for any student that needs extra help. Then, I can travel around the room with my lower group. Once the timer goes off, each group rotates to the next card. I like to spread this activity between two class segments, or you could complete it within 60-90 minutes, depending on your classroom needs.
I love using this approach in social studies because it keeps my kiddos moving, and it keeps them engaged. Plus my students don’t realize they’re actually reading more social studies material! Yes!
Just print out the center cards( I like to print 6 cards-since I have 5-6 in a group), make copies of the brochure and you’re ready to go!
There are 20 branches of government task cars included in this activity. The options are endless, but these are my two favorite ways to use these cards;
1) Hide the 20 task cards around the room and let students find the cards. It’s always fun if you can hide the cards around the school, or at least near your classroom. :) Your students will then answer the cards on the provided task card recording sheet. This is a fun way to get a grade without completing a boring worksheet!
2) I also included a game board, which is when the task cards are to be used as game cards. You will need a dice and game markers to complete the game version. Students will work with a partner as they answer the task cards. Each student will roll a dice, pick a card, and if they get it right- move ahead that many spaces. If they get it incorrect, they move back that many spaces. I’ve provided a task card answer sheet, which students can use to check their answers. Yes- some students may try to peak, but at the end of the day- I just want them learning the content.
Glyphs are a great way to assess students, in a fun and simple way! Each student will need a copy of the glyph picture and glyph directions. Students will read the glyph directions and follow the coloring directions based on their answer.
Act It Out:
My students typically tend to struggle with understanding the legislative branch. This activity is used to show students the process of a bill becoming a law, which focuses on the House of Representatives and Senates. It helps if you have another teacher in the room, but if not, just use two or three responsible students. :)
Please check out the preview to see a sneak peak of this fun resource! :)
As always, please let me know if you have any questions!
**** This pack was updated with a glyph that reflects President Trump. I've kept the President Obama glyph in the original product.