Executive Branch

Our Executive Branch lesson plan teaches students about what the Executive Branch is and how it functions today. Students also learn the history of the branch, how it was conceived, and how it interacts with the other branches of government in the United States.

Our Executive Branch lesson plan includes detailed information about the executive branch of the government in the United States. Most students may be aware of the three branches of government, which also include the judicial and legislative branches, but are often unsure of the duties of each branch. The lesson explains the responsibilities of some cabinet positions and agencies, as well as other information related to the office of the President. During this lesson, students are asked to work with a partner to determine the order of importance for each Cabinet department based on given information; they will then present their rankings, including their rationale, to the class. Students are also asked to list 10 roles or responsibilities of the President in order to demonstrate their understanding of the President’s duties.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define the executive branch of the U.S. government and explain some roles and responsibilities of departments, agencies, and cabinet positions.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

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Social Studies


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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