The Three Branches
By: Alexia Judge
ED 205, Section 16
There are three branches of
government and offices within the
Go to Ben’s Guide to the
Three Branches of
– Vice President
– House of
– Supreme Court
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the different branches.
• Made up of the President, Vice President, the
different departments and independent agencies.
• This branch ensures that everyone in the country
obeys the laws
• Very large, so the president gets help from
everyone else in the branch.
President Of the United States
Head of the executive branch.
Approve or disapprove of laws that congress creates.
He can not write bills though.
Head of state: meets with leaders of other countries
to make treaties.
• Chief of government: every government workers boss.
• Head of military
• Becomes president if the real president
can no longer work.
• President of Senate: only votes in event
of a tie.
• Aids the president in decisions when he
• Made up of Congress
and agencies such as
the Library of
• They have the power
to make laws.
• Contains two part, the
• Made up of 2 people
from every state for a
total of 100 members.
• Say yes or no to
treaties from the
president, and anyone
recommends for jobs
such as supreme court
• Can hold a trial for a
government official who
does something very
The House of Representatives
• The number from each
state is determined by
the population of the
state. Total of 435.
• They can start laws
that make people pay
• Decide if a
should be put on trial
if they commit a crime
against the country.
• This branch makes up the court system
with the Supreme Court being the
highest court in the land.
• Courts decide arguments about the
meanings of laws, how they are applied,
and whether they break the rules of the
The Supreme Court
• Highest court in the United States.
• Hears cases that have made their way through
the court system, but only 80-100 cases are
• Their decisions can only be changed by another
supreme court decision or by amending the
• Made up of 9 members, one being the chief
justice. They are appointed by the president
and serve for life.
My name is Alexia Judge. I am
currently a student a Grand Valley State
University where I am working on
becoming a teacher. I am majoring in
group social studies with an emphasis in
history and minoring in elementary
mathematics. I also work at a daycare
in Standale, Michigan where I watch
over 12-15 children daily.
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