This Branches of Government Treasure Hunt works well to help students understand the basics of our United States government. Students answer the 16 questions provided by using either their text book, an encyclopedia, or online resources.
This works well for a mini-reading or mini-research activity or would work just fine if you were in a jam and needed an assignment for your students to do if you had a substitute teacher for the day.
Check out some of my other U.S. History products:
Voting Rights Simulation - 1776-1971
Voting for a President with Mystery Candidates - Fun!
Trying to Pass a Bill Into Law - Writing and Class Activity
The Stock Market Investing Contest - Fun Class Competition!
The Electoral College PowerPoint and Partner Activity - Fun Competition!
Revolutionary War Bundle: Two Revolutionary War Review Activities