Students will learn the intricacies of the United States Constitution through a variety of hands-on resources.
Included in the US Constitution Unit are 16 highly-engaging and Common Core focused lessons that introduce the failure of the Articles of Confederation, the creation of the US Constitution, how Laws are Created, the Bill of Rights, how the Electoral College functions, and much, much more. The US Constitution Unit is included in the much larger American History Super Unit: Version 1/4 located here! Buy Super Unit Version 1 and receive and additional 10% off!
Each resource in this hands-on unit includes a paper in-class version and a 1:1 Google compatible version to be used in conjunction with Google Classroom. 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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✔ 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: How was it ever allowed in the Constitution? In this very common-core oriented lesson, students view a variety of sources to understand race-relations from the perspective of the Founding Fathers, then attempt to answer the questions, "Why did the US Constitution allow slavery when 'all men are created equal?'"
✔ 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.) Constitution Summer Jobs! 3 Branches, Amendments, Federalism, Checks & Balances! Students take on the role of summer interns in a law office. Here, they are assigned to proofread legal briefs to understand (and correct) issues involving the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches, as well as the Amendment process, Checks and Balances, and the Federal system (federalism).
✔ 9.) How do Bills become Laws? Learn Law-Making Process in Persuasive Competition! In this highly-engaging, authentic, and empowering lesson, students learn the process for how bills become laws per the United States Constitution while seeking a way to make a lasting impact in their school.
✔ 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!
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