Hi Friends….Hope this blog post finds you well! We just started our unit on the Branches of Government in class this past week and my little ones are really enjoying it. I have always found that teaching this subject is somewhat difficult for my students to understand and I hadn’t found any materials that I felt did this topic justice….sooooo…I got to work and created a Branches of Government unit that I am really happy with. I wanted to create a mini-book which would allow me to add the information that I needed my students to learn, but with language they would understand. Therefore, I created an 8-page mini-book that explains how and why the branches of government were created, what the responsibilities are for each branch and how checks and balances creates equal power among all three branches.
We had many conversations about the framers of the Constitution and why the Constitution was created. We discussed each branch of government, their responsibilities, and how citizens become part of that branch of government. While we were talking about the Senate’s responsibilities and roles, I had to explain what the word “impeached” meant. Well…this was an interesting conversation that I quickly had to end when one of my little boys said that one of our presidents was impeached because he cheated on his wife…needless to say I hid my desire to laugh and quickly changed the subject to the Judicial Branch! I have a class full of very bright students..and sometimes they come out with comments that make me giggle on the inside!
Anywhooooo….they did a FABULOUS job on their flip flap books and learned a ton of information about our government. Here are some samples of their work.