Bonnie Waltz, Deanna Mayers, Tracy Rains
Social Science, Political Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Upper Primary
4, 5
  • Branches of Government
  • Constitution
  • Social Studies
  • State Government
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    State Government

    State Government


    The United States Constitution states that all power not held by the federal government is reserved for the states. People interact more frequently with their state governments than with the federal government. In this seminar, you will learn about the three branches of state government. By the end of this seminar, you will be able to analyze how the three branches relate to one another. You will compare the differences and similarities of each branch and how they affect the daily life of a citizen in a state.


    5.1.4 C - Explain the principles and ideals shaping local and state government.


    Introductory warm-up activity

    In this seminar, you are going to be learning about state government. List all of the words that come to mind when you hear “state government.”


    Read or watch the resources to learn about this concept, then do the practice activity.






    Read the introduction and the information under the following headings to learn more about state government: “State Government”, “Executive Branch”, “Legislative Branch” and “Judicial Branch.”

    Watch this Google Slide presentation to learn more about state government. Fill out this graphic organizer with 3 facts you learn about each branch of state government.


    Study this flashcard set to learn more about state government. As you study the set, take notes on this note page. When you feel confident about the terms, play match to test your knowledge.


    Discuss your ideas / opinions / understandings.


    Compare the roles of the state executive, legislative, and judicial branch. How are the branches similar? How are they different?


    Now it is time to self-check how much you have learned about the this topic.  If you do not know as much as you thought, go back to the “Explore” section of this seminar and reread, rewatch, or redo the activities listed.  See your facilitator if you have questions.


    Click here to take the quiz online. You do not have to log into the quiz site in order to take this quiz. If a window pops up asking you to sign up for the quiz site, just close the sign-up window and start your quiz.


    This is a task or project where you can show what you know.


    The state legislative branch creates legislation that will become law in the state. Imagine you are responsible for presenting a new law to the legislative branch. Create a law that you feel would benefit the citizens of your state and explain why that law should be passed. Choose one of the formats below to present your new law. Use this rubric to guide you.

    Types of Activities:

    • Create a prezi

    • Write a persuasive essay

    • Create a screencast


    Complete this wrap-up activity where you reflect on your learning.  

    Write a paragraph to answer the following question: what are some ways you can share what you learned in this seminar with your friends, parents, or other family members?