The Executive Branch

TimeNov. 26, 2012

from:Bidell, Barbara

to:Am. Government

Students continue to dig deep into the Executive Branch of the American Government. The students started the unit by detailing their daily routines. Then they took those daily activities and explored which executive commission, board, department, or agency regulated that activity. Students are now digging deeper into the commissions and agencies themselves. Individual students are creating projects on regulatory agencies and commision such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to name a few. You should be able to access your child's project in his or her Google Drive. If you cannot find the material, please feel free to let me know, and I can help you with that.

The objective of the unit is two-fold; students will be able to identify the key roles associated with the various agencies and departments of the U.S. Executive Branch, and they will be able to make a connection between those agencies and their impact on their daily lives.

This week's homework will move us to another aspect of the same branch; students will be answering the following questions: how many departments are there in the Executive Branch of the United States Government, and which one was added most recently? We will be discussing the circumstances surrounding the creation of the latest department in class this week. Students will move right into their assignment on the specific departments later this week. 

Once again, if you have any questions regarding the content or the delivery of the curriculum, please feel free to drop me a line at