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Charting the Three Branches of Government



  • Social Sciences
  • Arts & Humanities
  • Ed. Technology


  • 6-8
  • 9-12

Brief Description

Students work in groups to create charts showing the structure and functions of the three branches of government as outlined in the first three articles to the Constitution.



  • define the terms article, legislative branch , judicial branch, and executive branch;
  • gain a greater understanding of the organizational structure of our government;
  • demonstrate skills in organizing information in a chart; and
  • work together in cooperative groups.


chart, government, Constitution, article, legislative branch, judicial branch, executive branch

Materials Needed

poster board or construction paper; pens or markers; copies of the Articles I through III in the Constitution from textbook or library sources or printed out from the following sites:

Lesson Plan

Note: This lesson might fit into a unit of study about the Constitution.

  • Review the three branches of government. Ask students to define the terms legislative branch , judicial branch, executive branch.
  • Depending on class size, divide the class into pairs or groups of three students. Assign one article to each group.
  • Tell each group to choose one part of the article that describes a structure or function of a branch of government. Have each group create a chart to showing how that structure or function works.


Have students present and explain their charts to the class. Have students ask questions of the presenters.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted by

Lois Lewis



Originally published 07/03/2000
Last updated 06/21/2017