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Ch 2: Branches of American Government Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

This chapter will provide you with ideas for creating lessons on branches of the American government. We include information for you to review to brush up on the information you will teach, plus suggestions to use for classwork and homework for your students.

Branches of American Government Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

This chapter is designed to help you teach about the branches of American government. Review our lesson plan examples for teaching separation of powers, the three branches of government, and checks and balances. Additional lesson topics include:

  • Definition and examples of separation of powers
  • Judicial, executive and legislative branches of government
  • Definition and examples of constitutional checks and balances on the power of the Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court overview
  • Definition, responsibilities and powers of the executive branch
  • Definition, powers and function of the legislative branch of government

This chapter has short text and video lessons as a refresher for you before teaching these topics. Lessons include quizzes you can use to assess your understanding of the material and can also be given to your students to assess their comprehension of key concepts.

How It Helps

  • Builds your understanding of basic lesson topics: You can review key concepts for the three branches of government, before teaching them.
  • Provides ideas for lesson plans: See example lesson plans for teaching about the Supreme Court, the executive branch and the legislative branch of government.
  • Identifies vocabulary words: Take a look at key terms and definitions that the student needs to know for learning about the branches of government and constitutional checks and balances.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning branches of American government lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific branches of American government topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your branches of American government class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related branches of American government lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important branches of American government concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant branches of American government-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

34 Lessons in Chapter 2: Branches of American Government Lesson Plans
Separation of Powers Lesson Plan

1. Separation of Powers Lesson Plan

Teach your students how the concept of separation of powers works in the United States with this Study.com lesson plan. Students view concept at differing levels, learn about branches of government, and apply concepts in an activity.

Congress Lesson Plan

2. Congress Lesson Plan

What is the role of Congress and why is it so important to our government? In this lesson, students explore the definition and history of Congress and discuss its role and then play a game to review important points.

Branches of Government Lesson Plan for Elementary School

3. Branches of Government Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Through this lesson plan, students will review the three branches of government. They will also apply their knowledge on the branches of government by doing fun activities.

Branches of Government Games for Kids

4. Branches of Government Games for Kids

When students understand the three branches of government, they are better equipped for civic participation. The games in this lesson will enhance students' understanding of how the government works.

Three Branches of Government Activities & Games

5. Three Branches of Government Activities & Games

The three branches of government - executive, legislative, and judicial - help pass laws, create checks and balances, and separate the powers of the government. This lesson focuses on activities based on these branches.

Executive Branch Lesson Plan

6. Executive Branch Lesson Plan

Few jobs are as challenging as the president of the United States. In this lesson plan, you'll be able to teach your students about the checks, balances, executive orders, and vetoes that come with being the head of the executive branch.

Executive Branch Activities for High School

7. Executive Branch Activities for High School

The executive branch of the government holds one of the most influential positions in America, the President of the United States. This lesson focuses on individual and group activities to learn more about the executive branch.

Executive Branch Activities for Middle School

8. Executive Branch Activities for Middle School

Middle school students are often ready to understand the structure of the federal government on a deep and meaningful level. This lesson offers activities that get them well acquainted with the executive branch.

President Lesson Plan

9. President Lesson Plan

Do your students know what is actually involved in serving as the President of the United States? To teach them about the job, use this lesson plan to provide a video lesson for key points, an activity that cites specific examples, and a quiz to ensure comprehension. Related lessons and additional activities are also provided.

The Presidential Cabinet Lesson Plan

10. The Presidential Cabinet Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will provide you with discussion topics and questions as well as an activity and quiz that will help students learn about the Presidential Cabinet.

The Presidential Cabinet: Definition & Positions

11. The Presidential Cabinet: Definition & Positions

In this lesson, you'll learn the about the members of the Presidential Cabinet and how they can assist the President. The area of focus and expertise of each member and what topics they would provide guidance in are discussed.

Presidents' Day Lesson Plan

12. Presidents' Day Lesson Plan

Do your students know why the third Monday of every February is celebrated? Two video lessons explain the focus of this holiday while an activity gives students a chance to show their appreciation. Related lessons and additional activities are included for concurrent instruction.

President's Day Crafts for Kids

13. President's Day Crafts for Kids

Sometimes, it is the little holidays that offer the most striking educational opportunities. This lesson focuses on teaching kids more about president's day by involving them in crafts.

US President Games for Kids

14. US President Games for Kids

Do your students think that the presidents are old and boring? These active and interactive games will keep your students engaged in the process of learning the U.S. presidents.

CIA Lesson Plan

15. CIA Lesson Plan

What is the CIA? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain critical facts about America's Central Intelligence Agency. An activity calls attention to the characteristics required to work at the CIA.

The United States Executive Branch Activities for High School

16. The United States Executive Branch Activities for High School

Teaching students about the structure of the United States government entails focusing on what each branch of government does. This lesson helps your high school students zero in on the executive branch through a series of engaging activities.

Legislative Branch Lesson Plan

17. Legislative Branch Lesson Plan

All that talk of committees, vetoes, and bills can be a little intimidating, but this lesson plan will help your students understand why the Legislative Branch is so powerful that the Constitution places limits on it.

The House of Representatives Lesson Plan

18. The House of Representatives Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce the lawmaking body of the United States to your students. Students will watch a video lesson, discuss the House of Representatives, and participate in a role-playing activity.

The U.S. Senate Lesson Plan

19. The U.S. Senate Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the United States Senate with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson describing what the Senate is, what powers it has, and what Senate Committees do. Discussion questions, a quiz and activity are included.

Committees in Congress Lesson Plan

20. Committees in Congress Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan, students will have an opportunity to learn more about how the US government functions. They will then put this into practice by forming their own committees.

The United States Legislative Branch Activities for High School

21. The United States Legislative Branch Activities for High School

The legislative branch of the U.S. government has many diverse powers. Use these activities to help students understand the powers of the legislative branch and how Congress works to make laws.

Judicial Branch Lesson Plan

22. Judicial Branch Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help students examine the judicial branch of the government. Students will learn about the Supreme Court, its power of judicial review, and how it can determine whether laws are unconstitutional or not.

Judicial Branch Activities for Kids

23. Judicial Branch Activities for Kids

The judicial branch of government is one that children may not understand as well as the executive and legislative branches. This lesson seeks to remedy this gap by providing activities to help kids understand how the judicial branch works and why it is important.

Judicial Branch Activities for Middle School

24. Judicial Branch Activities for Middle School

In this lesson we will focus on activities for teaching middle school students about the judicial branch of government. These activities are designed to help students become more engaged and interested in the court system.

Judicial Branch Activities for High School

25. Judicial Branch Activities for High School

The judicial branch encompasses not only the court systems and officials, but also the laws that govern them. The following lesson provides a variety of activities to help students learn more about this branch of government.

Supreme Court Lesson Plan

26. Supreme Court Lesson Plan

Teach your students about the function and structure of the Supreme Court with this Study.com lesson plan. Use the engaging video to teach about jurisdiction and other topics, guide learning with questions, then apply concepts with a fun activity.

Marshall Movie Discussion Questions

27. Marshall Movie Discussion Questions

'Marshall' is a 2017 biopic by director Reginald Hudlin about a case Thurgood Marshall fought while serving as a lawyer for the NAACP. This resource is comprised of questions about this film.

Judicial Review Lesson Plan

28. Judicial Review Lesson Plan

Use this active lesson plan to teach your students about judicial review. Students will watch a video lesson outlining the process and history of judicial review, then apply learning to a specific case in an engaging activity.

Marbury v. Madison Lesson Plan

29. Marbury v. Madison Lesson Plan

Teach your students about judicial review and the significance of the case Marbury v. Madison with this lesson. Students watch an engaging video lesson and discuss concepts, then read primary and secondary source documents for application.

Landmark United States Court Cases Activities for High School

30. Landmark United States Court Cases Activities for High School

While students learn about the judicial branch of the United States government, consider using these activities to help them identify landmark court cases and understand their importance in American history.

The United States Judicial Branch Activities for High School

31. The United States Judicial Branch Activities for High School

Understanding the responsibilities and powers of the judicial branch is important to students' knowledge about the United States government. Consider using these activities to help students learn about the judicial branch.

Checks and Balances Lesson Plan

32. Checks and Balances Lesson Plan

Simplify your instruction on checks and balances with the help of a Study.com video lesson and fun in-class activity. To take your instruction to a deeper level, consider the optional supplementary activities and related lessons.

Three Branches of Government Lesson Plan

33. Three Branches of Government Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach your students about the three branches of government. Engage students in a discussion of the structure of government, then allow them to apply concepts learned with a Bloom ball activity.

3 Branches of Government Project Ideas

34. 3 Branches of Government Project Ideas

The three branches of government are each assigned separate duties to maintain democratic principles and a balance of power. These projects provide creative ways for students to learn about the three branches.

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