The Three Branches of Government
published on: 7/1/2009
Contributing Teacher(s): Dottie Messick
Social Studies/Government/Civics Grade Range: Lower Elementary (K-3) Materials Needed:
Grade Range: Lower Elementary (K-3)
Objective: Students will:
- Identify the three branches of government
- Identify the head and job of each branch of government
- Label and organize information to make a mobile
- Is it necessary to have the three branches of government?
Instructional Strategy: Evaluating Student Understanding
- Goal 1.5 comprehend and evaluate written, visual and oral presentations and works
- Goal 1.8 organize data, information and ideas into useful forms (including charts, graphs, outlines)
- Social Studies 3. Principles and processes of governance systems
Time Allowance: 2/30 minute periods and 1 hour period
- Computer with internet
- Smart Board (recommended)
Students can be given a formal test after the project.
Integration with art (mobile).
- Students may be given their notes to highlight.
- Students may take their own notes.
Description: Students learn about the three branches of government. Students organize the information to make a mobile.
Please click here for the PowerPoint Presentation
- Evaluating Student Understanding
- Teacher need to prepare a power point, be a member of brain pop and gather materials needed for the mobile.
- Social Studies 3 -2 C Identify and explain the functions of the three branches of government in the federal government.
- Show the students the Three Branch of Government brain pop on http://www.brainpop.com/
- Take the brain pop quiz after showing the video.
- Students with special needs may need help reading the quiz or extra time to take the quiz.
- Show a power point presentation to the students.
- Have students fill in notes while watching the presentation.
- Students with special needs may have completed notes and follow along with the class.
- Gifted students may take their own notes and not be provided with notes.
- Have students make a mobile using the information they have learned over the three branches of government.
- The students need label each branch of government on a plate.
- The students need to include the branch job and who is the head of each branch on each plate.
- The students need to include a title plate.
- Use the scoring rubric to grade the mobiles.
- Students with special needs may need more time to complete the project.
- Gifted students may research other facts about the branches of government and include that information on their mobile.
Three Branches of Government Notes
1. The ___________________ branch is the Congress of the United States.
It is made up of the ____________________________________ and ________________________.
This branch makes the __________________.
2. The ________________________ branch carries out the _____________.
The ______________________ heads this branch.
3. The _________________________ branch is made up of the courts.
The ________________________ court is the head of this branch.
This branch decides what the laws ____________ and whether they _____________ the Constitution.
Branches of Government Mobile Rubric
Student Name ______________________________________Category3 points2 points1 point0 pointsLabel branchesIncludes three branches of governmentIncludes only 2 branches of governmentIncludes only 1 branch of governmentDoes not include any branches of governmentLabel head of branchIncludes head of 3 branchesIncludes head of only 2 branchesIncludes only head of 1 branchDoes not include the head of any branchLabel job of each branchIncludes the job of 3 branchesIncludes the job of only 2 branchesIncludes job of only 1 branchDoes not include the head of any branchTitleIncludes a title plateDoes not include a title plate
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