Constitution

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Constitution introduces students to this historic document and its impact on the United States of America. Students will be able to identify the Constitution and explain what it means and some of the amendments that are included.

This lesson does require some prep work on your part. You will need to find cases related to the Bill of Rights for students to use for the activity. In addition, there are some suggestions listed in the “Options for Lesson” section that you might want to take advantage of for your class. One suggestion is to switch the homework and practice so that the homework is in-class and the practice is at-home. You could also have students create their own “cases” for the group activity. Another option is to assign different amendments to the students to research and present on to the class.

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What our Constitution lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Constitution teaches students about this important historical document. Students will discover how the ideals in the document shaped the United States government. They will learn about the Bill of Rights and several amendments. By the end of the lesson, they will be able to explain and summarize many parts of the Constitution.

The lesson contains four pages of content. The lesson describes some of the history surrounding the document and lists the Bill of Rights. Students will learn what an amendment is and read through the first 10 amendments in summary form.

SUPREME COURT CASES ACTIVITY

You will divide students into groups of three or five people. You are welcome to make the groups bigger, but there must be an odd number of students in each group. Each students will be a temporary Supreme Court member. One person will read the article (case) out loud while the rest listen. The leader, who you will designate beforehand, will clarify the decision that the court needs to make for the case. The groups will discuss options and then vote. Each person can try to convince others to vote with them if others disagree. After a set time, students will submit their final votes. They will repeat this process for three more cases.

AMENDMENTS PRACTICE WORKSHEET

For the practice worksheet, students will review the summary versions of seven of the first 10 amendments. They will then have to match them to the scenarios they correspond to. There are 10 scenarios total, so students will have to use some of the amendments more than once.

WRITE YOUR OWN CONSTITUTION HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

The homework assignment requires students to write their own Constitution. The worksheet provides a scenario in which students are stranded on a desert island with 24 other people. Students must write a Constitution for the 25 people on the island as part of a mini government. They will need to include at least 10 amendments that are clear, neat, and specific.

Additional information

grade-level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

subject

Social Studies

State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5, LB.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3, LB.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, LB.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, LB.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, LB.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, LB.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, LB.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, LB.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.