Students watch a video about Montana government. They learn the three branches of government and their responsibilities, and label a chart with the branches of government.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Unit 8: State Government & Constitution" which gives students the opportunity to explore some unique features of Montana’s politics and government, both in the past and today.
2.1: Explain the purpose and various levels of government.
2.3: Identify the major responsibilities of local, state, tribal, and federal government.
Helena District 2.1: Identify the three branches of Montana state government and how roles of each can overlap.
- Video: Great States: Montana Government
- An interactive whiteboard, projector, or another type of screen to show videos to the class
- Class set of Powers of Government handout
Disperse the Powers of Government handout to students.
Explain to students that the same structure of government is used in the state government of Montana as is used in the federal government. Tell them they will be watching a video that further details the government structures of Montana and its reservations. Let students know they should take notes during the video to complete their chart.
Play the video, Great States: Montana Government. [3:28]
Have students label the chart.
Executive – Carries out the law, headed by governor, four-year term
Legislative – Writes the law, two chambers, 50-member Senate, 100-member House
Judicial – Interprets the law, Supreme Court, lower courts