Teaching Critical Thinking Creatively
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Social Studies – History, Civics, U.S. History
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Activities, Handouts, Internet Activities
Zip (2 MB|3 pg. handout + 38 slides + 2 pg. lesson plan)
This lesson focuses on the basics relating to the three branches of government – the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches. It also explains Checks and Balances and provides scenarios for students to analyze. The text is presented in a clear and easy to understand format in an engaging infographic style. You can view more in the preview here.
To make sure that students clearly understand the lesson being presented, I’ve created a clearly written presentation with formative assessment questions built write in! Students can answer the questions with a web-based program called Pear Deck (tutorial provided) or within class discussion. With Pear Deck, this lesson transitions to distance learning quite easily! At the same time, teachers can also just use the questions as discussion starters in the classroom. (To be clear, Pear Deck is not required.)
If you would prefer to use this lesson digitally, but not use Pear Deck, I’ve also provided directions as to how to turn this lesson into a simple Google Slides lesson. (You can see these directions in the preview on page 3.)
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