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State Laws and the Three Branches of Government





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​State Laws and the Three Branches of Government
for elementary students

This four-minute web-based interactive introduces elementary students to the responsibilities of the three branches of government. With some preparation, students may complete the interactive individually.
The interactive:
  • Discusses what laws are.
  • Introduces the three branches of government and their responsibilities of making, enforcing, and interpreting/applying laws.
  • Includes a brief quiz at the end.
The interactive uses the example of a state law that requires drivers to stop for a school crossing guard (MCL 257.613d). The text of this statute can be found by searching the web site of the Michigan Legislature (
Click the image below to view the video.

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Executive branch
Judicial branch
Legislative branch
Three branches of government

Social Studies Grade Level Content Expectations

3 – C1.0.1
Give an example of how Michigan state government fulfills one of the purposes of government.
3 – C3.0.3
Identify the three branches of government and the powers of each.
3 – C3.0.4
Explain how the state courts function to resolve conflict.

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Created at 11/21/2012 3:37 PM by COURT\MinkM
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