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What Is the President’s Job?, Gr 3-5

Length of Time:   30-45 Minutes


The system of the federal government established in the Constitution has weathered many difficult times but the basic frame holds. The three branches of government have done as the framers intended, kept each other in check and balanced the respective power of each.

Essential Questions

What is the job of the President of the US as part of the federal government?

Common Core Standards

English Language Arts Standards: Anchor Standards for Reading: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

  1. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  2. Analyze how two or more texts address similar themes or topics in order to build knowledge or to compare the approaches the authors take.


English and Language Arts Standards: Reading: Informational Text

RI.3-5.7. Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.

RI.3-5.8. Describe how reasons support specific points the author makes in a text.

RI.3-5.9. Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.

Content Standards

Massachusetts Curriculum Standards:

Grade 2:             US History and Geography:

American citizenship, political principles and system of government

Grade 5:             US History, Geography, Economics and Government

Development of democratic institutions and ideas

Responsibilities and Powers associated with federal officials