Branches of Power

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Branches of Power


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Type: Interactive/Game


In this interactive game from iCivics, students will learn about all three branches of government by controlling them in this game.  They will have the power to write any laws they want about the issues they choose. If they can keep their government working for thirty minutes to complete the game, they win!  This game can be played while teaching about the three branches of government or after as an assessment.  

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Content Standard(s):
Social Studies
SS2010 (2010)
Grade: 5
United States Studies: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
9 ) Explain how inadequacies of the Articles of Confederation led to the creation and eventual ratification of the Constitution of the United States.

•  Describing major ideas, concepts, and limitations of the Constitution of the United States, including duties and powers of the three branches of government
•  Identifying factions in favor of and opposed to ratification of the Constitution of the United States
Example: Federalist and Anti-Federalist factions

•  Identifying main principles in the Bill of Rights
•  Analyzing the election of George Washington as President of the United States for its impact on the role of president in a republic

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SS.AAS.5.9- Define constitution as a plan of government; identify the three branches of government; identify the major freedoms of the Bill of Rights, including speech, religion, press, right to bear arms, and assembly.
SS.AAS.5.9a- Recognize George Washington as the first president of the United States.

Tags: executive, judicial, law, legislative, veto
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Author: Ginger Boyd