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120 resources with the concept checks and balances

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Separation of Powers

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine the roles of each of the branches of U.S. government. In this checks and balances lesson plan, students watch Discovery video segments and discuss the concept of federalism as they create a school-wide policy for...
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Separation of Powers

For Teachers 7th - 11th
Students examine the separation of powers in local and federal government. Using case studies, they review several instances of separation of powers. After reading the case studies, they write a brief opinion essays supporting their...
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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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Separation of Powers: Connecting the Separate Powers

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students study the concept of separation of powers. They recognize how the Constitution provides for separation of powers and categorize public officials into one of three branches of government. Students do a role play and see if...
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Presidential Gallery

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students identify the three branches of the federal government and their role in our government. They identify important events and accomplishments in the life of one president of the United States. Students identify the major national...
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Government: The Constitution and You

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders examine the Constitution and how it relates to their lives. They watch an online video about the three branches of government and take notes on a teacher-provided outline form. Students draw comparisons between the...
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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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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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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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Checks and Balances

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students take a closer look at the responsibilities of the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches. In this U.S. government lesson plan, students read articles 1, 2, and 3 of the Constitution and then use Venn diagrams to compare...
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Lesson 4: Duties and Roles of the Supreme Court

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore the role of the Judicial Branch. In this U.S. government instructional activity, 12th graders take notes regarding how the courts have changed over time and then become observers of the court's history as they...
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Lesson 6: Duties and Roles of the Supreme Court

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders explore the role of the Judicial Branch. In this U.S. government lesson, 12th graders discuss the qualifications and responsibilities of Supreme Court Justices. Students then create timelines that feature the history of...
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Worksheet on American Government

For Students 8th - 12th
In this branches of government worksheet, students complete a graphic organizer that requires them to label the Executive branch, Legislative Branch, and Judicial Branch.
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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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Branches of U.S. Government

For Students 7th - 8th
In this branches of U.S. government worksheet, students answer 3 questions for each branch concerning separation of powers, then give examples from the textbook for the use of checks and balances for each branch.
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How Can the President Influence Legislation?

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine presidential powers. In this Executive Branch lesson, students listen to their instructor present a lecture on the president's influence on legislation as they view a 7-slide PowerPoint presentation.
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The Three Branches of Government

For Teachers 2nd - 12th
Students examine the 3 branches of government. In this American government lesson, students create foldable notes regarding the functions and attributes of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches of government.
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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 lesson plan, students analyze the checks and balances built into the Constitution as they discuss how each branch exercises authority...
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Checks on Presidential Power

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine presidential powers. In this checks and balances lesson, students identify the constitutional and informal restraints of the president and consider the reasons for the limitations.
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The Plan of Government under the U.S. Constitution

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students explore the U.S. plan for federal government. In this U.S. Constitution lesson, students investigate a chart on the responsibilities of the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative Branches of governments. Students complete a...
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Checks and Balances in our Government

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students discover the purpose of checks and balances in our government.  In this U.S. Government lesson, students read about the three branches of government and discover their limitations using a graphic organizer.  Students may create...
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US Government: The Checks and Balances System of the US Constitution

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners examine the responsibilities of the 3 branches of U.S. government. In this checks and balances lesson, students identify the powers of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. Learners share examples of...
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The Special Powers of the House and Senate

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students investigate the responsibilities of the House of Representatives and Senate. In this U.S. Congress instructional activity, students examine the separate and shared powers of the House and Senate as they participate in activity...
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Lesson Plan: U.S. Government

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine reasons for studying government. In this U.S. government lesson, students brainstorm the reasons for rules. Students draft their own class constitution in the style of the U.S. Constitution.