Constitution Activities Unit | US Constitution, Government, Bill of Rights
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This Constitution unit bundle includes 16 activities to teach the Articles of Confederation, US Constitution, government, the Bill of Rights, the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches, Checks and Balances, Federalism, the 27 Amendments, how Laws are Created, the Electoral College, landmark Supreme Court decisions, much, much more.
✔ 1.) Are all Governments Equal?. In this lesson, students will work individually or in groups to complete an analysis of FOUR different types of governments (Direct and Representative Democracies, Anarchy, and Monarchy). This lesson is best taught at the end of the Revolutionary War when the Founding Fathers struggle with what style of government would work best.
✔ 2.) The Articles of Confederation In this short reading Articles of Confederation assignment, students are introduced to the first government of the United States, the Articles of Confederation, and the reason for its collapse.
✔ 3.) Shays' Rebellion and the Weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation! In this Shays' Rebellion and Articles of Confederation activity, students are taught through multiple learning styles to help them understand the event known as Shays' Rebellion and how it demonstrated the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation.
✔ 4.) The U.S. Constitution's Four Compromises! The Deals that Made the Country! In this highly engaging Constitution and Compromise lesson, students examine the four compromises that created the U.S. Constitution and the United States of America. Students analyze the 3/5 Compromise, the Bill of Rights Compromise, the Great Compromise, and the DC Compromise.
✔ 5.) Slavery, the Founding Fathers, and the Constitution Web Quest: In this web quest, students learn how the Constitution was a pro-slavery document since it never outlawed the practice until the 13th amendment in 1865.
✔ 6.) Federalists, Anti-Federalists, and the new Constitution. In this resource on Federalists and Anti-Federalists, students examine primary source documents to understand their differing views on the new Constitution.
✔ 7.) The US Constitution Scavenger Hunt!. Relax and let students have some fun as they hunt through the US Constitution before time expires!
✔ 8.) The Workings of the US Constitution | Stations, Notes, and Excerpt Gallery! Students engage with SIX text stations that focus on the branches of government and the major Constitutional framework before taking part in an excerpt gallery!
✔ 9.) How do Bills become Laws? Guided Notes and PowerPoint lesson! In this engaging lesson, students learn the process for how bills become laws per the United States Constitution!
✔ 10.) The 27 Amendments! Guided Notes and Crib Sheet! Students use their text or the internet to complete a graphic organizer/guided notes on the 27 amendments.
✔ 11.) Which Amendment was violated? Students read over a variety of real-life scenarios to discover which of the Bill of Rights was violated.
✔ 12.) Which of the Bill of Rights is being violated? Students examine 5 current events! Here, students read and summarize 5 current event articles (included) and explain what amendment was violated!
✔ 13.) The Electoral College Poster Project! Integrate math into social studies with this project that has students take ownership of a specific election in history. Students use paper (or Google Slides) to accumulate voting results, candidates for office, and more!
✔ 14.) Supreme Court Landmark Case: In this web quest, students conduct research on six major supreme court cases before choosing two of their own!
✔ 15.) The United States Constitution Unit Test! The test contains 45 multiple choice questions that span across the entire content of this unit and 2 short answer questions that require more in-depth analysis.
✔ 16.) United States Constitution "I Can" Statements and Learning Goals! Log Format! This activity guides student learning throughout the unit, holds students accountable, shows each child what they are responsible for knowing and doing, and helps keeps the focus of your classroom!
Each resource in this hands-on unit includes a paper in-class version and a 1:1 Google compatible version so it is ideal for distance learning. Just follow the included instructions (inside each product folder) for how to access the Google version, then share the resource through Google or assign via Google Classroom. This will allow students to type directly into the document!
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Supplement the Constitution Unit with these awesome accessory resources:
✩ U.S. Constitution and Articles of Confederation Guided Notes!
✩ Constitution Primary Sources! 5 Differentiated Warmups for any Constitution Unit!
✩ Constitution Interactive Notebook! Engaging Notebook on the US Constitution!
✩ Constitution DIGITAL Interactive Notebook!
✩ Colonial Governments & US Constitution: How did Colonies influence the Constitution?
✩ Federalists and the Anti-Federalists: How are they different?
✩ Who's Who in the United States Government? An overview of the personnel!
✩ U.S. Constitution Trivia Challenge Review Game!
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