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Direct Instruction Lesson Plan Template

Grade Level/Subject: 4th Grade
Topic: NC State Government

Central Focus: Students can identify specific roles and responsibilities of

the 3 branches of NC state government.

Essential Standard/Common Core Objective:

Social Studies NCES: 4.C&G.1: Understand the development,

structure and function of North Carolinas government.
4.C&G.1.2 Compare the roles and responsibilities of state elected

Date submitted:

Date taught:

Daily Lesson Objective:

After learning the 3 branches of government and their role and responsibilities students will be assigned a branch and
work in a group to create an oral presentations or skit to show all the things that their branch of government does within
their roles and responsibilities.
21st Century Skills:
Academic Language Demand (Language Function and Vocabulary):

Legislative Branch- Makes laws

General Assembly- divided into the senate and the house of
Senate- 50 members called senators
House of Representatives- 120 members called representatives
Executive Branch- Make sure laws are carried out
Judicial Branch- Make sure laws are carried out fairly
Trial Courts- tried by a jury
Bills- An Idea for a new law
Budget- A plan for spending money
Veto- To reject an idea or law
Appeal- To ask a higher court to change a decision made by a lower court
Serve- How long a person is in a job
Prior Knowledge: Students should know the 3 branches of federal government and their roles and their responsibilities.
Students should know what a skit is and how to write a script.

1. Focus and Review

2. Statement of
for Student
3. Teacher Input

Description of Activities and Setting

We know that there are 3 branches of government. Who can name them for
me? (Legislative, Judicial, and Executive) Who can remember some of the
responsibilities of these branches? (Allow students to answer freely) (Pull up
review game) Lets see if we can put all of the rights and responsibilities under
the appropriate branch. (Complete the review game)
Today we will be learning about the 3 branches of NC state government. We are
going to learn the roles, responsibilities, and jobs of these branches at the state
level. After the lessons you will be working in groups to create a skit to represent
each branch and present it to the rest of the class.
Teacher will present a PowerPoint while the students take notes in their social
studies journals.
Slide 2: Vocabulary:
Bills- An Idea for a new law
Budget- A plan for spending money
Veto- To reject an idea or law
Trial Courts- tried by a jury


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Slide 3: Vocabulary
House of Representatives- 120 members called representatives
General Assembly- divided into the senate and the house of
Senate- 50 members called senators
Slide 4: Review the 3 branches of government
The Legislative Branch
The Executive Branch
The Judicial Branch
Slide 5: Explain Legislative Branch:
The Legislative Branch- The General Assembly
Makes 2 kinds of laws
Statewide laws
Enact local/special laws to specific counties or cities
General Assembly examines govt operations oversight
allows legislatures to learn how well current laws are working
General Assembly elects members to sit on University of NC Board of
Slide 6: Explain Executive Branch
The Executive Branch
The Governor is NCs chief of state, chief executive
Governors roles:
Leads agencies
administers state budget
Governor Serves:
4 years
2 consecutive term
Slide 7: Explain Judicial Branch
The Judicial Branch
NC courts resolve disputes under NC law
2 types of trial courts to hear cases and issue decisions
District Courts
Superior Courts
Clerk of court- handle paperwork
Magistrate (issue search warrants)
District attorney- represents state in all criminal cases
Slide 8: Explaining activity:
Each group will be given one branch of government.
Each group will use their text books to find the following information.
What does this branch do??
Types of Jobs in the Branch (Example: President
or Governor)
What do these jobs do?
2 fun facts about your Branch of Government
(Facts not in the PowerPoint) (Bonus Points)
After the PowerPoint place students in groups by table. No more than 4 people in
a group. Assign each group one of the 3 branches of government. Once students
are in groups are in groups ask each group to share one thing that their branch.
4. Guided Practice

Students will work with their groups and use their book to find all of the
information on slide 8 for their skits or presentations. Teacher will meet with each
group to make sure they are gathering the correct information. If the students are
having trouble finding the information the teacher will walk through the books

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with the students to help them access the information. Each student will write out
their own copy of the information.

5. Independent Practice

6. Assessment Methods
all objectives/skills:

7. Closure

Students will continue to gather the information explained on slide 8. Once the
students have gathered all of the information they will work together to create a
skit or oral presentation showing the roles or job that individuals in their branch.
Students will perform their skits/presentations to the class. After presenting each
students will turn in their copy of the information and the skit/presentation.
Formative: Teacher asking questions as students are looking for information for
Each student will turn in a copy of their information, as well as, a copy of their
Point System : Out of 20 point
5 points- Handing in written information sheet
5 points- Handing in written Skit/presentation sheet
10 points- Skit/ presentation with all required information
2 bonus points- 1 Fun facts
Each group of students will come up with 2 things they learned for the other skits.
Teacher will ask So who can tell me a branch of government and one fun fact
about it? (Allow 3 students to share)

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8. Assessment Results of
all objectives/skills:
Targeted Students Modifications/Accommodations:

Student/Small Group Modifications/Accommodations:

Struggling readers will receive a worksheet with the required
information on it along with the page numbers from their
Those students who finish early will create a fun visual to go
with their presentation.

(Include any instructional materials (e.g., worksheets, assessments PowerPoint/SmartBoard slides, etc.) needed to implement the lesson at the end of the lesson plan.)

Textbook, PowerPoint, smartboard or projector,

Reflection on lesson: