Bill of Righs. Every year I can't believe that this still works! Looking for 2 days to fill with creativity, engagement, and entertainment in relation to the Bill of Rights? You've found it right here! After learning about the Bill of Rights and why those amendments were added to the U.S. Constitution, students then take ownership of one of the amendments and create original lyrics to a familiar song to show their understanding of that amendment.
Table of Contents:
Page 1: Cover
Page 2: Instructions
Page 3: List of 10 Other Fun Songs Kids Have Used
Page 4: The Wheels on the Bus
Page 5: This Old Man
Page 6: She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
Page 7: Jingle Bells
Page 8: Teacher Example
Page 9: Student Example
This activity has worked with every class every year and was one of those activities I came up with out of desperation early in my career--and it worked! I've loved it ever since! I've had students bring in guitars to perform, trumpets, bass drums, kazoos, and a variety of props--just to sing the silly song they created about an amendment from the Bill of Rights.
You will be surprised how creative some of your students will be. Included in this activity is a lesson plan explaining how I go about this every year, lyrics to four well-known songs that kids have used over the years, as well as 10 song titles that kids have performed to over the years. I have also included the song about the 8th Amendment that I perform in front of the class which gets them to buy into doing it. I'm an introvert by nature and this shows my introverted students that they can safely do this and be fine.
I'd love for you to leave feedback and let me know how it went for you (performing the song!) as well as if your students enjoyed the activity. Have fun with it!
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