Levels of Government: Three ( 3 ) Branches of Government: Reading Passage

Levels of Government: Three ( 3 ) Branches of Government: Reading Passage
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Branches of Government & Levels of Government: This United States Government passage is jam packed with great info. It is perfect for an introduction or a review, and it covers the following topics:

✓definition of government

✓the government in the US (representative democracy), how that type of government elects the representatives

✓the topic of federalism, how it is explained in the 10th amendment of the US Constitution

✓explains the levels of (national, state, and local)

✓the 3 branches of government and how they are explained in Articles 1-3 of the Constitution

✓jobs/duties of the branches and how the system of checks and balances applies


Don't forget to check out my other passages about Government:

Branches/Levels of Government

Responsibilities of US Citizens

Constitution and Amendment Process

Due Process


Why do I think you will love my passages? I work very hard to research the information. I try to include a lot of info. and not leave gaps in history like some textbooks do. I try to write passages on one topic, so that it is easier for upper elementary to digest. I have been told I have a writing style that makes the topics easy to learn. I take that as a huge compliment! I have taught the information for twenty years, PLUS... a bonus is that I confer with my husband who has taught US History for nearly twenty five years and has a Master's degree in US History. I can assure you that we make a great team when it comes to US History (and in the case of this passage, the topic is government).


The passage was sized to be used in an my social studies INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS, and it also comes with an interactive notebook flippable activity. If you don't use interactive notebooks, the passage itself could still be used. You could use the questions on the flippable for a class discussion, or you could project them and kids could answer them on notebook paper. Use it however you would like in your classroom.


This passage can also be purchaed as part of my MEGA social studies bundle by CLICKING HERE


The passage is copied as a booklet style, meaning you will print on the front and back of one page. Students will then fold the one page booklet, so that there is a cute cover. When they open it up, they find the passage on the inside. It will glue perfectly inside their notebook.

Once the passage is glued in their notebook, they can glue the flippable in the notebook.


In Georgia for 4th grade, we cover the following standards (starting in 2017), and this passage should help students with those standards:

✱ SS4CG1: (c) The federal system of government in the US (federal powers, state powers, and shared powers)

✱ SS4CG1: (d) Representative Democracy

✱ SS4CG1: (a) Describe how the three branches of government interact with each other (checks and balances and separation of powers), and how they relate to local, state, and federal government.

This passage was written with 4th graders in mind, but it could be used with fifth and sixth graders. Even if you are not a teacher in Georgia though, it will work perfectly, as they are non-fiction and don’t include anything specific to the state of Georgia.



Please... if you ever notice anything in my passages that needs to be corrected, such as factual information, please send me a message before you rate the product. I do my best to research thoroughly and provide historical facts. I can look back over and have a new copy uploaded fairly quickly.

Also, if you notice typos or anything else, that is appreciated too. Even with several sets of eyes looking over my work, at times a word can be missed. Thanks so much ahead of time.


I appreciate each and every person that supports my love of creating fun activities.


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