Your students will love creating a branches of government mobile! They can make it when studying branches of state or federal government. This activity was posted in my old blog two years ago. It’s been so popular that I wanted to share it again. I’ve included a template for the United States government.
To get your students ready for this activity, watch one or more of these videos:
- Three Branches of Government, Schoolhouse Rock (3:06)
- The Three Branches of Government, Tiffany Leguizamon (2:15)
- Time for Kids Explains the Branches of Government (5:45)
Directions for Branches of Government Mobile
Materials for Each Mobile
- paper plate
- 12 paper clips
- 3 large shapes to display the names of the branches (I used outlines of the state of Indiana)
- 3 medium-sized shapes for the positions (I used trapezoids)
- 6 small shapes for the duties (I used squares)
- paper punch
You can ask students to cut and paste terms from this template of the United States government or have them write directly onto the pieces.
Have students punch three equally spaced holes near the edge of the paper plate. In addition, they should punch one hole at the top and one hole at the bottom of each large piece, one hole at the top and two holes at the bottom of each medium-sized piece, and one hole at the top of each small piece.
Now they can cut and paste (or write) the names of the branches, positions, and duties on the pieces.
Using paper clips to attach the pieces is easier than using string. This way, students can easily correct their errors. Just slip the piece off of the paper clip and rearrange.
Finally, tie a piece of string to each hole in the paper plate and tie together at the top. There it is: a fun and easy branches of government craft.
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Enjoy making your branches of government mobile!