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1 The Three Branches of the US Government: A Virtual Tour

2 Welcome! You are about to take a virtual tour of the three branches of the US Government. The next slide will be a map of Washington DC. Click the link on main building on the particular branch to take the tour of that branch. There is no order in which you have to take the tours. After you have taken all three tours. Take the Quiz to see how well you know your branches. Lets get started with the tours! Begin

3 Tour Map Capital White House Supreme Court Quiz

4 Welcome to the US Capital and the Legislative Branch! Begin Tour!

5 The Legislative Branch The United States Capital Building is the Seat of the Legislative Branch. The Legislative Branch is the Branch that makes all the Laws of the United States. This Branch is also in charge of the ways the government spends its money.

6 The Legislative Branch There are two sections in the Legislative Branch: House of Representatives The Senate Bills can be started in either Section, but must win a vote in both to go to the Executive Branch for Presidential Signature and become a Law. House Chamber Senate Chamber

7 The Legislative Branch The House of Representatives There are 435 members States have different number of representatives based on how many people live in a particular state. Every member serves for 2 years, and is up for election every two years. The members elect their Leader which is called the Speaker of the House. The House has a special duty. It is where government spending bills have to start.

8 The Legislative Branch The Senate There 100 members Every State has only 2 Senators Each member serves for 6 years, and one third of the members are up for election every 2 years. The Leader of the Senate is the Vice President of the United States. The Senate has the special power to Advise and Consent on the Executive and Judicial Branch officials that do not have to be elected.

9 The Legislative Branch The Legislative Branch Balances out the other two Branches by: Writing the Bills that could possibly become Laws. Control how the government spends its money. Voting to Ratify Treaties made by the President. The only Branch that can officially declare war. Rewrite laws struck down by the Supreme Court as many times it takes for it to be in line with the Constitution.

10 The Legislative Branch Legislative Branch Review: This Branch writes the bills that could become laws. Controls the way the government spends its money. Is made up of two sections: The House of Representatives and The Senate It has duties that balance out the powers of the other two branches. Thanks for taking this Tour of the Legislative Branch. Click the link below to return to the Map for another tour. Return to Map

11 Welcome to the Supreme Court and the Judicial Branch! Begin Tour!

12 The Judicial Branch The Supreme Court of the United States is the Highest Court of the Judicial Branch. The Judicial Branch is in charge of reviewing and applying the Laws of the United States. Next

13 The Judicial Branch There are 9 judges that make up the Supreme Court. They are appointed for life by the President of the United States. The Senate advise and consent on the appointment, as well. Next

14 The Judicial Branch There are three levels in the Judicial Branch: US Supreme Court (Highest) US Courts of Appeals (Middle) US District Courts (Lowest) Cases move from the lowest courts in the Judicial Branch to the highest. US Supreme Court US Court of Appeals US District Court Next

15 The Judicial Branch The Judicial Branch was created by the US Constitution as a check on the other two branches so no one branch could have more power than the other. The Judicial Branch uses the US Constitution to review and apply the Laws of the United States. If a Law or one of the other Branches does something the Constitution does not allow the Judicial Branch has the power to undo the Law and/or undo the actions of the other Branch. Next

16 The Judicial Branch Judicial Branch Review: This is the Branch responsible for review and applying of Laws of the United States. There are three levels of courts in the Judicial Branch with the US Supreme Court being the Highest. The Judicial Branch is a check, or balancing, of the powers of the other two branches. Thanks for taking this Tour of the Judicial Branch. Click the link below to return to the Map for another tour. Return to Map

17 Welcome to the White House and the Executive Branch! Begin Tour!

18 The Executive Branch The White House is where the leader of the Executive Branch, the President of the United States, lives and works. The Executive Branch includes all the Government departments and agencies including the Military, State Department, and the Justice Department. This Branch sees that the Laws passed by the Legislative Branch are carried out, and defends them to the Judicial Branch. Next

19 The Executive Branch The President is the Leader of the Executive Branch. The President is elected every 4 years, and can only serve 2 terms. The President sets the is the Commander and Chief of the Military, and the Chief Law Enforcement Officer in the country. The President has the power to appoint Judges to the Supreme Court and other Departments and Agencies. The President also has the power to stop bills made by congress becoming a Law, and to make Executive Orders that can be enacted and enforced like laws. Next

20 The Executive Branch The Executive Branch is also the spokesman for the government to other countries and the people of the United States. The Executive Branch also makes the money for the United States. The Executive Branch is also in charge of maintaining the National Parks in the United States. Next

21 The Executive Branch Executive Branch Review: The Leader of the Executive Branch is the President, and lives and works in the White House. The President balances out the power of the other two branches by appointing judges, and saying whether bills from the Legislative Branch becomes Law. The Executive Branch is in charge of the Military, making the countrys money, and taking care of the Nations Parks. Thanks for taking this Tour of the Judicial Branch. Click the link below to return to the Map for another tour. Return to Map

22 The Three Branches of the US Government: A Quiz Click on the link on the question page to chose your answer. If you are correct the next question will appear. If not, you will have to go back and review the tours again. Next

23 Question 1: Which of the Three Branches has the power to put a check on the Legislative Branch? A) The Executive BranchThe Executive Branch B) The Judicial BranchThe Judicial Branch C) BothBoth

24 Correct! Very Good! Both the Executive and the Judicial Branch can check the powers of the Legislative Branch Next

25 Question 2: If the Supreme Court Strikes down a Law, and the Legislative Branch cannot rewrite it to be constitutional, is there anything the Executive Branch can do? A)Yes, the Executive Branch can Fire the Judges.Yes, the Executive Branch can Fire the Judges. B)No, The Legislative Branch is the only one that can do anything in this situation.No, The Legislative Branch is the only one that can do anything in this situation. C)Yes, The President can create an Executive Order.Yes, The President can create an Executive Order.

26 Correct! Very Good! The President can create an Executive Order. Next

27 Question 3: How many total members are there in the Legislative Branch, Executive Branch, and Judicial Branch combined? A) B) C)545545

28 Correct! Very Good! There 100 in the Senate and 435 in the House for a total of 535. Next

29 Question 4: The President creates an Executive Order, the Supreme Court declares it constitutional, but the Legislative Branch does not like it. What can the Legislative Branch do? A)Pass a law against it.Pass a law against it. B)Choose not to pay for it.Choose not to pay for it. C)A or B or BothA or B or Both D)There is nothing the Legislative Branch can do.There is nothing the Legislative Branch can do.

30 Correct! Very Good! The Legislative Branch can pass a law against it, choose not to pay for it, or do both. Next

31 Question 5: The Judges on the Supreme Court do not think that a Law will be Good for the United States, but it is Constitutional. What can the Judicial Branch do about this? A)Rewrite the LawRewrite the Law B)Pass an Executive OrderPass an Executive Order C)Nothing, The Job of the Judicial Branch is to review and apply the Law.Nothing, The Job of the Judicial Branch is to review and apply the Law.

32 Correct! Wow! You really Know your Branches of the US Government. Click here to return to the Beginning of the Virtual Tours.here

33 Sorry, thats incorrect. Why dont you try going through the Tours, and try again, Ok. Click on the Link below to return to the Tour Map. Return to Map


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