Judicial Branch


Our Judicial Branch lesson plan teaches students about what the Judicial 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.

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Our Judicial Branch lesson plan introduces students to the Judicial Branch, including its purpose and its functions in our society. Many people, including students, are unfamiliar with the workings of the judicial branch of the government. During this lesson, students are asked to act as a “mini” Supreme Court of judges, who must review at least 3 court cases and decide to: keep the law as it is, make changes to the law, or eliminate the law altogether. Students are also asked to match terms with their definitions, demonstrating their understanding of the lesson vocabulary.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define the judicial branch of the U.S. government and identify its role and responsibilities for the country and its citizens.

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