The President’s Cabinet

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The President’s Cabinet

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While the President holds the top role in the Executive Branch, there are other figures who play major roles within the branch. The president has a cabinet of advisers that lead various federal departments. As students are likely unaware of each department and how it operates, it can be helpful for them to research a few!

In this activity, students will create a spider map that explores the role of the president’s cabinet. For each department, students should include the title of the cabinet department, a representation of the cabinet’s role, and a description of the the department.

Students may choose from the following departments:

  • Agriculture
  • Commerce
  • Defense
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Health and Human Services
  • Homeland Security
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • Interior
  • Justice
  • Labor
  • State
  • Transportation
  • Treasury
  • Veterans Affairs

Extended Activity

In this extended activity, students will create a spider map that represents specific cabinet secretaries throughout history and represent the effect they had on society. The spider map might include the entire span of American history, or a selected series of years. For each cabinet member selected, students will include a title with the name of the secretary, along with the years they served in office, a visual representation of a specific accomplishment of that secretary, and a description of their representation.


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Create a spider map describing the roles of four executive departments.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. In the title boxes, identify four executive departments.
  3. Write a summary of the department's role in the description boxes.
  4. Create an illustration using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.
4 Cell Spider Map

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