U.S. Government: Separation of Powers
Visit this site to learn how the Federal Government prevents one branch of government from becoming too powerful. The history of separation of powers is given along with examples of forms of government in other countries. Interactive games are challenging and assist students in applying their knowledge of what each branch does. A video explains simply the importance of separation of power. eThemes Resources on the executive branch and how a bill becomes a law are given for further information.
BrainPOP!: Branches of Government
Watch a video about the three branches of government, separation of powers, and the system of checks and balances.
This site hosts a variety of games and web quests related to civics and persuasive writing.
Separation of Powers and the Judiciary
This site includes lesson plans for middle and high school students about the separation of power and the judiciary's role in the whole process.
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
This site contains a wealth of information about U.S. government for grades K-12. Activities and information are leveled for appropriate ages. Written and interactive games are included. Additional curriculum links are included for parents and teachers.
Separation of Powers: Lessons & Activities
This three-page PDF includes lessons and activities designed to teach students how the U.S. allocates power and responsibility in government.
Teaching with Documents: Constitutional Issues: Separation of Powers
Use an authentic historical document to teach about separation of powers.
Balancing Three Branches at Once: Our System of Checks and Balances
This site provides a lesson plan with objectives, background information for the teacher, activities for students, links to additional sites, lesson extensions.
Constitutional Topic: Separation of Powers
This site provides examples of systems of governments for other countries and includes the American example of government. Many links are given for additional information. NOTE: This site contains ads.
eThemes Resource: How a Bill Becomes a Law
These websites focus on `How a bill becomes a law’. Learn about the steps a bill takes to become a law. Includes interactive sites, flow charts, games, actual cases, and lesson plans. There are links to eThemes resources on the executive branch, judicial branch, and legislative branch of the U.S. government.
eThemes Resource: U.S. Government: Executive Branch
Learn about the executive branch of the United States Government. Topics include the American president, the presidential cabinet, executive agencies, and presidential history. Includes audio of radio addresses and virtual tours of the White House. Also has information on Camp David and Air Force One. eThemes Resources on the legislative branch, judicial branch, U.S. Constitution, U.S. Presidents, and elections are linked.