To become familiar with the organization and powers of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government.
2 class periods
Give each student a copy of page 50A only. Read with the class the introductory paragraph about the three branches of government. Go over the rules for Contest 1, which is about the Legislative Branch, and have the students begin. After 10-15 minutes, exchange papers and go over the answers. Determine which class members have the most correct answers.
Give each student a copy of page 50B only. Go over the rules for Contest 2, which is about the Executive Branch, and have the students begin. After 10-15 minutes, exchange papers and go over the answers. Determine which class members have the most correct answers.
At the beginning of the second class period, give each student a copy of pages 50C-50D. Go over the game rules on page 50C. The game is about the Judicial Branch, involves the class being divided into two teams. and is based on the tic-tac-toe concept.
Conclude the lesson with the section The System of Checks and Balances on page 50D.
My students always enjoy the competition throughout this activity! It is a fun way to learn about the three branches of government.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress.
The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.
See also, AMERICAN/U.S. HISTORY CURRICULUM LESSONS 46-60 of 150
LESSON 46: The Critical Period
LESSON 47: Constitutional Convention
LESSON 48: United States Constitution
LESSON 49: Crossword Puzzle: The Constitution
LESSON 50: Three Branches of Government
LESSON 51: Electoral College
LESSON 52: Presidents of the United States
LESSON 53: Washington, Adams, and Jefferson
LESSON 54: To Tell The Truth: George Washington
LESSON 55: Beginning of Political Parties
LESSON 56: Thomas Jefferson
LESSON 57: The Louisiana Purchase
LESSON 58: Madison, Monroe, Adams, and Jackson
LESSON 59: The War of 1812
LESSON 60: Major Battles/War of 1812