Teaching the Constitution can be quite the undertaking. Using the following packet with 8th graders has made the process much easier for me. Included are thirteen pages of activities that direct students through the preamble, branches of government, checks and balances, and amending the Constitution. In addition to questions about how our government works, are also more open-ended queries, pushing students to critically assess if they agree with everything about our Constitution. And I also added a presidential height chart and the presidential succession order since middle schoolers tend to like these.
I hope this is helpful for you!
Constitution Packet by Charles Boone is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License