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Organization of the Federal Courts

For Teachers 1st - 12th Standards
A three-lesson collection explores the federal and state court systems, as well as criminal and civil court systems. Along the way, high schoolers consider the qualifications necessary to serve in high-federal offices, and why courts...
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U S Constitution--Checks and Balances

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners get an in-depth look at how our checks and balances system helps maintain the separating of powers between the three branches of government. They use current event head lines and insert them into he appropriate space on the...
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Checks and Balances: Safe Harbor

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Train young political analysts by following the plans outlined here. After reviewing the three branches of the government, small groups analyze the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004, identify instances of checks and balances, and...
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Lesson 6: Constitutional Principles: Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore the concept of checks and balances. In this U.S. government instructional activity, 12th graders discuss the basic responsibilities of the three branches of government. Students then take a closer look at judicial...
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The Checks and Balances System: A Worksheet

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
Here is a basic worksheet to accompany your lesson on the United States government's system of checks and balances. Pupils identify which of the three branches of government has the power listed in the first column (i.e. veto bills,...
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The Role of the Judiciary in a System of Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students review concepts shown to them in a telecast on the role of the judiciary in a system of separation of powers. After reading an article, they work together in groups to complete a chart on checks and balances. They also discuss...
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Checks and Balances

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Explore check and balances within the branches of government with this worksheet. Learners explore the functions of each branch and answer questions concerning how a bill becomes law and about the system that the Founding Fathers...
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Checks and Balances in Supreme Court Nominations

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students discover the system of Checks and Balances related to recent events prompting action by one or more of the three branches of government. They study the process for selecting and confirming a Supreme Court justice. They examine...
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U.S. Constitution - Checks and Balances

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students examine the separation of powers of the branches of the U.S. federal government. In this U.S. Constitution instructional activity, students listen to a SMART Board supported lecture on checks and balances of the Judicial,...
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Separation of Powers: Understanding Checks & Balances

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students use an Act of Congress and a Supreme Court case to explore the checks and balances of the U.S. system of government. This excellent lesson uses a real-life case for students to explore how the government system works.
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The Role of the Judiciary in a System of Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students determine the role of each branch of government in a system of checks and balances. They demonstrate the role of the judiciary in American government
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Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances: Crash Course Government and Politics #3

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Scholars analyze why the Founding Fathers separated the governmental powers into three branches. They use evidence from a short video clip, the third in a 50-part series, to draw conclusions on the importance of having checks and...
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Checks and Balances in Supreme Court Nominations Lesson Plan

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students explore the balance of power among the branches of the U.S. government. In this Supreme Court instructional activity, students analyze the checks and balances built into the Constitution as they discuss how each branch exercises...
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Lesson 5: Constitution Principles: Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore the limited powers of the 3 branches of U.S. government. In this U.S. government lesson, 12th graders discuss the basic responsibilities of the three branches of government and complete the provided handouts on...
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The Role of the Judiciary in a System of Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students determine the difference between the different branches of government and assess the role of each within the American governmental system.
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Regents Review Worksheet #1: Principles of the U.S. Constitution

For Teachers 12th
Kids who take the Regents Exam really need to know a lot of information. This is a wonderful exam review tool that includes 26 pages of questions, charts, and suggested readings to help upper graders pass the test. It focuses on all...
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Checks and Balances Chart

For Students 9th
In this checks and balances chart worksheet, students use their textbooks and a copy of the U.S. Constitution to complete 10 items in the chart identifying the branches of government.
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Lesson 3: Branches of Government

For Teachers 3rd - 6th Standards
Young historians climb through the three branches of the US government in the third lesson of this five-part series. While reading the first three Articles of the Constitution in small groups, children write facts on paper leaves that...
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“You Better Check Yourself!”: Separation of Powers and Checks and Balances in the US Government

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Through role playing as one of the three branches of government regarding a congressional decision made in 2000, learners explore the concept of separation of powers and checks and balances.
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Constitutional Principles

For Students 8th - 12th
Keep track of constitutional principles with a graphic organizer. Pupils define, describe the origins of, and note down the location of the following terms: checks and balances, federalism, individual rights, limited government, popular...
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The Presidential Veto Power

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Get into the nuts and bolts of a key element of the checks and balances system in the United States: the presidential veto. Not only will your class members learn about the mechanisms of the veto, but they will also review the major...
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Checks and Balances

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders explain the structure and function of the United States government established by the Constitution. They set up a make-believe scenario: the 3 volunteers have been friends for a long time and have formed a club (the...
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Constitutional Acts (Chapter 3)

For Students 10th - 12th
Help your students review constitutional acts in this review worksheet, which could also be used as a class quiz. Five matching questions and five multiple choice questions address checks and balances, the powers of the Senate and House,...
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Essentials of the US Constitution

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students determine how the content of the U.S. Government enables the U.S. Government to function. They examine the roles and functions of the three branches of government and how the separation of powers and checks and balances affect...

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