To understand the role of the Cabinet and executive departments in the operation of the federal government.
1 class period
Students begin this activity by reading introductory paragraphs about the Cabinet and executive departments. As they do so, you can have them underline or highlight key words, names, terms, and ideas.
Next, students are presented with a list of the eight executive departments that have been in existence the longest.
1. Department of State
2. Department of the Treasury
3. Department of Defense
4. Department of Justice
5. Department of the Interior
6. Department of Agriculture
7. Department of Commerce
8. Department of Labor
Class members will then read through a series of statements and must decide which department above is being described. They can simply fill in the space with the number of the department.
To conclude the lesson, it is mentioned that the eight executive departments on the preceding pages were established between 1789 and 1947. And since then, other executive departments have been created. Class members are asked to list these departments and give 3 duties or responsibilities of each one.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included.