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The Three Branches of Government:

The Three Branches of Government Basic Intro


Objectives Understand the why the branches of government were formed. Learn the definition of each branch of government. Know the roles and responsibilities of each branch of government. Understand how the three branches interact.

Materials Needed:

Materials Needed TV/VCR, tape School House Rock LCD Projector, Screen, PowerPoint Presentation- Branches of Government Overhead, Transparency- Branches of Government Handout Chart- Branches of Government Centers: Jeopardy game; Farmer Henson Matching tags/chart; Branches of Government Guided Reading Packet

Web Sites:

Web Sites

Student Activities:

Student Activities Factory - Government Comparison School House Rock Video PowerPoint Presentation Checks & Balances Chart Meet Farmer Henson Lawmaker Journaling Jeopardy Game Technology Center Guided Reading

PowerPoint Presentation:


Inquiring minds should want to know…:

Inquiring minds should want to know… What are the three branches of government? Why do we need three branches? Who are the leaders of the three branches of government? What are the roles of the three branches of government? How do the branches work together?

Why three branches?:

Why three branches? Limitation of Powers – Separation of Powers – Checks & Balances – Reduce Control Divide Control Share Control

Branches of Government:

Branches of Government Legislative Executive Judicial

Legislative Branch:

Senate Senators/2 per state House of Representatives Representatives/based on population Originate a bill , get a majority vote from all of Congress, get the President to approve – bill becomes a law Legislative Branch Congress Responsible for making laws

Executive Branch:

Elected and serves for no more than two consecutive 4-year terms, appoints members of the President’s cabinet Commander-in-chief of the armed forces, deals with other countries, veto power Executive Branch The President Responsible for enforcing laws

Judicial Branch:

Judicial Branch Supreme Court Responsible for interpreting the laws Appointed by the President, highest court, there are 9 total members, serve a lifetime term Overrule decisions made by lower courts, determine actions made by the President or Congress unconstitutional

Review Branches of Government:

Review Branches of Government Legislative Branch Congress makes laws Executive Branch The President enforces laws Judicial Branch The Supreme Court interprets laws

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