Balancing Act: The Three Branches

What do hula hoops and the American system of government have in common? Using hands-on station activities, pupils consider the roles of the three branches of government. A script for teachers and writing prompts help round out a complete unit plan on how the branches of government work. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use hands-on activities to demonstrate concepts such as the system of checks and balances
  • Integrate understandings from these lessons and previous instruction using included writing prompts
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners must have a background in the founding documents, such as the Constitution and Bill of Rights
  • Activities are great independently or as part of a whole unit
  • Lesson plan includes active learning that allows for hands-on demonstrations
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