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Lesson Idea Name: The Three Branches of Government

Content Area: Social Studies
Grade Level(s): 3rd grade

Content Standard Addressed:

SS3CG1 Describe the elements of representative democracy/republic in the United States. a. Describe
the three branches of national government: executive (president), legislative (Congress), and judicial
(Supreme Court of the United States).
Technology Standard Addressed:
6 – Creative Communicator
Selected Technology Tool:
URL(s) to support the lesson (if applicable):
Three Branches of Government Link -
Legislative Branch:
Executive Branch:
Judicial Branch:
Bloom’s Taxonomy Level(s):

☐ Remembering ☐ Understanding ☐ Applying ☐ Analyzing ☐ Evaluating

☐ Creating

Levels of Technology Integration (LoTi Level):

☐ Level 1: Awareness ☐ Level 2: Exploration ☐ Level 3: Infusion ☐ Level 4: Integration

☐ Level 5: Expansion ☐ Level 6: Refinement

Universal Design for Learning (UDL):

I would encourage engagement during this lesson by letting the lesson be mostly student-directed.
The students will be looking at their books and researching the different branches of government. The
students will be working in groups for this lesson so they will be able to collaborate and discuss what
they are learning.
During this lesson, I would explain what I wanted my students to do and then also have the directions
displayed on the board. I would make sure that I am walking around and talking to each of my
students to make sure they are staying on task and if they are confused about a part of the
assignment, I would offer them an alternative way to find the answer to the question.
Action and Expression:
I would offer different means of expression by telling my students that if they do not want to use
words to fill out their graphic organizer, they are more than welcome to use pictures or videos to get
their point across. I would assess the students based off of their group’s graphic organizer. However,
they will a lot of options to how they can complete their graphic organizer on
Lesson idea implementation:
For this lesson plan, I would start out by introducing the basics of each branch of the
government. After I had introduced the topic, I would break my students down into groups of 2-3 and
then have them complete their graphic organizer on I would give my students a list of
student-friendly websites and videos to look at so they can get a better idea of how the government
works. During this lesson, I would be walking around to each group and having them tell me what
they had learned so far and answer any questions that they may have had. I would give my students
30-45 minutes to complete their graphic organizer.
After the students have completed their graphic organizers, I would have each group stand up
in front of the class and share one fact about the branches of government that they found interesting.
After each group had presented, I would print out each group’s graphic organizer so that they can
keep it in their folders to study. I would assess student learning by how informative their graphic
organizers are. They would also get a grade for sharing their fact with the class. Student learning
would be extended to a higher level because they have an opportunity to explore multiple
technological resources to learn about the branches of government. My feedback to my students
would be provided to them throughout the whole lesson, as I am walking around and talking to them
and as they are presenting their graphic organizer. I would conclude my lesson by telling my students
the main things that I want them to remember about the three branches of government.
Reflective Practice:
The activities that I created to use in this lesson will impact student learning because they are getting
the opportunity to learn about a standard while exploring technology and having fun doing group
work. Technology is an essential part of everyday life now days, so being able to let the students learn
through using resources that they see every day in real life will help encourage them to be engaged in
what they are learning. I could have further extended my lesson by having my students use pictures
and links to websites instead of words to represent what they were saying in their graphic organizer.
If I wanted my students to do this, I would have used the technology tool inspiration9 instead of