Constitution Detectives | US Constitution Activity

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5th - 7th
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Reading and understanding the US Constitution can be difficult for students. This detective activity is perfect to help your class dig into what the Constitution is really about. Through this resource, students will leave with a deeper understanding of the three branches of government and how our democracy works.

Students will be learning about key vocabulary such as democracy, amendment, federal system, and more. They will also become experts in understanding events that led up to the creation of the Constitution, the roles of the three branches of government, the rights of citizens, and the ratifying of the Constitution.

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Here is what is included in this amazing US Constitution resource:

  • Constitution Detectives Teacher Tips (2-pages)
  • Introductory Handout (1-page)
  • Detective Handout (12-pages)
  • Detective Handout Answer Key (12-pages)
  • Detective Badge Template (1-page)
  • Grading Rubric (1-page; 2 per page)

What is NOT Included:

  • Constitution of the United States Document
  • Resources for student research

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary describing political, social, or economic aspects of history/social studies.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.


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