Tackle the "Three Branches" concept with these easy-to-prepare information-rich social and tactile learning activities!
This ebook’s 575-word informational text, reading strategy, tactile "puzzle flowchart" activity, primary-source enrichment activity, and writing-based assessment use the traditional tree-branches analogy to convey the U.S. Federal Government’s structure to students in grades 4 through 6.
The reading strategy engages prior knowledge as part of a pre-read, helps students collect information using a “during reading” organizer, and guides students through an evaluation of their prior knowledge following discoveries made in the reading. The strategy concludes with a graphic organizer representing how the Federal Government’s branches fulfill separate roles yet are part of the same "tree."
The puzzle flowchart activity serves as a tactile and visual reinforcement of the reading. Students color-code puzzle pieces and use these to assemble a flowchart representing the structures and roles of each governmental branch.
An enrichment activity uses a brief DBQ based upon article 2, section 2 of the Constitution to explain how President George Washington faced the challenges of building the Executive Branch.
Finally, an outline sheet and rubric provide the tools necessary for students to write an information-based one-paragraph response to the question, “Which branch do you feel is the most powerful and why?”
This zip archive includes PDF and modifiable Word versions of all activities and resources.