ALEX Learning Activity

  

The Three Branches

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Holly Grosberg
System:Madison City
School:Columbia Elementary School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1429
Title:
The Three Branches
Digital Tool/Resource:
Padlet
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

In this learning activity, students will use the Padlet website to discuss the characteristics including duties and powers of the three branches of government.  

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
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
Unpacked Content
Strand: History, Civics and Government
Course Title: United States Studies: Beginnings to the Industrial Revolution
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Describe and analyze the role of the Articles of Confederation and influential groups and individuals on the development of the United States Constitution.
  • Identify the main principles of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and analyze events such as the election of George Washington as President for their impact on the development of the republic.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • inadequacies
  • Article of Confederation
  • ratification
  • limitations
  • factions
  • Federalist
  • Anti-Federalist
  • republic
  • powers
  • principles
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • Inadequacies of the Articles of Confederation and the impact these had on the creation of the Constitution of the United States.
  • The duties and powers of the three branches of government.
  • The supporters and oppositions of the constitution.
  • The main principles of the bill of rights.
  • The impact of George Washington as president in a republic.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Analyze and describe the impact of government documents.
  • Describe and provide examples of major ideas, concepts, and limitations of the Constitution including the duties and powers of the three branches of government.
  • Compare and contrast the positions of various groups involved in historic events, such as the writing of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
  • Analyze primary source documents.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • The Articles of Confederation and influential groups and individuals played a role in the development of the United States Constitution.

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.


Learning Objectives:

Students will be able to describe major ideas, concepts, and limitations of the Constitution of the United States, including duties and powers of the three branches of government.  

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
After/Explain/Elaborate
Activity:

After teaching a lesson on the Constitution and the three branches of government, students will be placed in groups. Each group will be assigned one of the three branches of government (Legislative, Judicial, or Executive). The groups will find characteristics (including duties and powers) about their assigned branch and post them to the Padlet “wall”. They must find facts (characteristics) that are important to the branch they are given. The groups must also find an extra fact of importance that was not discussed in the classroom.  Padlet will allow students to collaborate and discuss the characteristics of their branch of government in greater depth.

 

Assessment Strategies:

A quick assessment would be observation. The teacher can observe the students as they discuss their branch of Government and post information to the Padlet wall. The teacher could have a rubric and check off how well the students are applying information and discussing the assignment.


Advanced Preparation:

Before completing this activity, the teacher should model how Padlet works and then allow the students to experiment with it. This will allow the students to be more comfortable with technology. It will also allow the teacher to see if there will be any technical problems to work out before using the technology.

The teacher should also have the web address written out for the students so that they may access the “wall” she has created.  Written out instructions help guide the students step by step which allows for less confusion.

 

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  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: Executive, Judicial, Legislative, three branches of government