October 21, 2015
by Caitlin Fahey

Lesson plan

Bubbles and Boxes: Branches of the U.S. Government

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Students will be able to identify the three parts of the US government and list the purpose of the different branches.

(10 minutes)
  • Tell your students that today they will be learning about the three branches of the United States Government.
  • Ask your students to identify the three branches. If students are unable to name all three help them along.
  • Write the names of the three branches on the board.
(15 minutes)
  • Hand out the information sheet on the three parts of the government.
  • Read this sheet together as a class and underline the most important pieces of information.
  • Hand out the Branches of the US Government worksheet.
  • Have students independently fill in the boxes on this sheet, leaving the bubbles for the next section.
(15 minutes)
  • On the board, draw the boxes and bubbles.
  • Discuss and fill in the boxes and bubbles. The boxes contain the names of the branches and the bubbles explain the jobs of each branch.
  • To help students understand the branches, hand out markers and paper.
(15 minutes)
  • Have students draw a tree with three thick branches. On each branch write the name of a branch of government. On the leaves or smaller branches, have students fill out the role of each branch of government. Students can use this as a reference for future activities.
  • Enrichment: Have students complete the Three Branches of Government Match-Up worksheet. Offer some way for them to research or provide a way for them to independently check their work.
  • Support: Have students use the information sheet to help them as they fill in the worksheet. You could also highlight important information.
(5 minutes)
  • Walk around as your students work.
  • Note those who seem to be struggling.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask your students to name the three branches of government and list the jobs of each branch.

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