Students learn about the three branches of government and find out how the three branches interact with each another. Through the process of creating a healthy school lunch menu, students role-play each branch’s responsibility in the law-making process.
The student will be able to
Model the roles of each of the three branches of government in relation to forming a new lunch menu for school.
Identify the main role and function of each of the three branches by taking notes about what each part of the role-playing activity represented.
DISTRIBUTE the Anticipation Activity half-pages to the class. Give students time to complete the survey and then review their answers.
DIVIDE students into groups of 2 to 4 students. Make sure you have at least three groups and arrange the groups in a circle.
DISTRIBUTE the Activity pages, one to each group.
INSTRUCT students to read the instructions carefully. Students will complete Round 1 as a group. Upon completing Round 1, each group should pass their paper to another group. That group will complete Round 2 and then pass the paper back to the first group for Round 3. The paper will go to the second group for Round 4 if necessary, and finally be passed to a third group for Round 5. It is helpful to time these rounds so that transitions are all happening at the same time.
REVIEW the menus that each group has created and the final verdict by the Judges.
DISTRIBUTE the Guided Notes page to each students.
PROJECT Transparency 1, working through each branch of government with the students and helping them take notes on their worksheet. Use Transparency 2 to draw connections between the three branches of government and the activity the students completed.
ASK students to describe each round before revealing it, then ask them what the real life version might look like.
CLOSE the class by having students review aloud the role that each branch of government plays in creating new laws.