To understand how programs administered by the independent agencies of the federal government have far-reaching effects on American life.
1 class period
In this activity, the class is divided into two teams that will compete in three fun games, all of which are played in the same way.
Before Game 1 begins, you can read with the students two introductory paragraphs that provide an overview of independent agencies that make up the executive branch.
Now, it's time to play Game 1.
The object of the game is for teams to identify various independent agencies (CIA, FTC, Postal Service, etc.) described on the lesson pages. These agencies are presented in the form of blank spaces with some letters given as clues. Team members start Game 1 by reading notes in the first description of the agency. Then, they will look at the letter clues that are given. The letters which already have been filled in do not appear elsewhere in the answer.
A person from Team 1 will choose a letter that they think might belong in one or more of the empty spaces in the answer. If it is one of the missing letters, it will be filled in on the board. Do the same on your paper. Team 1 can then either take a guess at the answer or choose another letter. A guess is only allowed after correctly identifying a letter.
When a person gives the right answer, their team receives 1 point for each empty space remaining in the answer.
When someone gives a letter that does not belong in the empty spaces, it then becomes the other team’s turn. Also, when a team tries to guess the answer but is not exactly right, the other team takes its turn.
The same person cannot answer twice in a row for their team.
When one team gives the correct answer, the other team goes first on the next independent agency.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included.