Introduce the three branches of government using this visual representation. Begin by drawing a large triangle on the board. Label each angle with the name of a different branch of government as shown. Explain that the US Constitution provides the framework for the federal government and the system of checks and balances that keeps any one branch of the federal government from becoming too powerful. Point out that this triangular organization allows each branch to interact with the other two branches. Visually demonstrate this concept by having three student volunteers come to the front of the room and stand with joined hands in a triangular formation.