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Constitution and Bill of Rights Unit: 18 Activities and Projects

Constitution and Bill of Rights Unit: 18 Activities and Projects
Constitution and Bill of Rights Unit: 18 Activities and Projects
Constitution and Bill of Rights Unit: 18 Activities and Projects
Constitution and Bill of Rights Unit: 18 Activities and Projects
Constitution and Bill of Rights Unit: 18 Activities and Projects
Constitution and Bill of Rights Unit: 18 Activities and Projects
Constitution and Bill of Rights Unit: 18 Activities and Projects
Constitution and Bill of Rights Unit: 18 Activities and Projects
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This bundle truly has it all! Students will have the opportunity to work individually, with partners and in a group to create or complete the following: Scavenger hunts, task cards, primary sources, visuals, advertisements, brochures, videos, board games, talk shows, currencies, commercials, biography poems, biography book jackets, newspapers, booklets, skits, and timelines.

If you are interested in my more in-depth Constitution and Bill of Rights Bundle, check it out here: Constitution and Bill of Rights Complete Unit of 250 Pages

All products include introductions, detailed and specific requirements, rubrics and when necessary, answer keys! With the exception of task cards, products are fully editable to meet the needs of your teaching style and students!

The Constitution Scavenger Hunt Task Cards
This class activity will make reading the Constitution fun and interesting! All scavenger hunt questions are presented on colorful and visually appealing task cards. Students can work with a partner to answer the questions on each task card by using the text of the Constitution. You can make it into a competition for some additional fun! The product includes 24 legislative branch questions, 15 executive branch questions, 10 judicial branch questions, a student answer recording handout and a teacher answer key.

The Bill of Rights and Beyond: Task Cards of the 27 Amendments
This class activity will make reading the Bill of Rights and the other 17 amendments fun and interesting! Each amendment is presented on a colorful and visually appealing task card. Students can work with a partner to read each task card and complete the Student Recording Sheet. On this sheet, students will summarize each amendment in their own words, draw a sketch to represent each amendment and add any additional teacher notes (provided in the answer key). The product includes 27 task cards, a student recording handout and a teacher answer key.

The Three Branches of Government Visual
Creating visuals for topics in history and government truly help the content come alive! Your students will work in small groups of three to create a visual that portrays the structure, powers and interaction of the three branches of government. Each group member will choose a role (professor, graphic designer or scribe). While there is a lot of room for creativity, the visual that students create must be based on evidence. The product includes a brief introduction, step-by-step directions and requirements, a list and explanation of the roles and responsibilities of your students, a rubric and a student reflection.

Help Wanted Ad
Students create a Help Wanted Ad to find qualified people to become the president, senator, representative or Supreme Court justice. This activity really helps government and the U.S. Constitution come alive for students! It also helps students develop the skill of using evidence in their writing, along with incorporating their creative touches. The product includes a brief introduction explaining the activity, an explanation of requirements and a rubric.

Travel Brochure or Video of Washington, D.C.
Your students come across a “Help Wanted” ad in the Classified section of the newspaper. D.C. Tours & Co. is in need of an experienced, knowledgeable and articulate tour guide to teach tourists about our capital city of Washington, D.C. Your students will design a travel brochure or a travel video (using Photo Story) of Washington, D.C. The product includes a detailed explanation of each option, a list of required D.C. sites, step-by-step directions, a ten-step guide for using Photo Story and two rubrics.

Create a Board Game
This project is a really fun and creative way for students to show off what they learned about the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights. Students will create the rules and directions for the game, create the required pieces, and create a colorful and detailed board game. The product includes step-by-step directions, required topics and a rubric.

Student Talk Show
This project is a favorite among students! Your students will work in groups of four to plan and present a talk show. The talk show that your students will create will include the host who will ask the deep and engaging questions and three guests who will answer in an interesting and detailed way. One student will represent the host and the three remaining students should each choose to assume the role of one of the following people: the president, a senator, a representative or a Supreme Court justice. Your students will improve upon skills such as public speaking, collaboration, writing and research. The product includes a brief introduction, a detailed explanation of the structure of the talk show, a rubric and a list of twelve sample host questions to help give your students ideas.

Preamble Activity and Create a Currency
The year is 1787 and your students have been hired as artisans to create currency that reflects the meaning of the Preamble. First, students will analyze the six phrases of the Preamble which represent the goals and responsibilities of government. Then, students will examine the current U.S. currency. Finally, students will design currency to represent the Preamble. This is a great project where students can work individually or with a partner to incorporate historical evidence and creativity. The project includes a combination of writing, designs and illustrations. The product includes a student handout (Understanding the Preamble), directions with detailed requirements for designing the currency, a rubric, a two-page chart about the U.S. dollar and two answer keys.

Real Estate Advertisement or Commercial
Your students are real estate agents for our capital city, Washington, D.C. and their job is to convince potential homebuyers to move there. Students will choose to persuade homebuyers to move to Washington, D.C. by creating a commercial that would be viewed on the television or an advertisement that would be found in a magazine or newspaper. The product includes a brief introduction, six requirements, five advertising strategies and two rubrics.

James Madison Biography Poem
After learning about James Madison, the father of the United States Constitution, students will write a biography poem about him. The product includes an introduction, requirements, a template with 12 lines and a rubric.

Book Jacket of a Biography
Your students are going to design the book jacket of a government official's biography after completing some research on him or her. An example of a government official is a president, vice president, senator, representative, Supreme Court Justice or Cabinet member. A book jacket includes the front cover, spine and back cover of the book. This is a project that gives your students the opportunity to be creative, but their writing must be based on historical evidence. The product includes an explanation and list of specific requirements and topics and a rubric.

Newspaper Project
This project gives students the opportunity to delve deep into the United States Constitution. While there is a lot of room for creativity and an opportunity for originality, students will base their information on historical evidence. The product comes with a detailed explanation of each component required in the newspaper and a detailed rubric. Students will include the following components in their newspaper: title, news story #1, news story #2, editorial, interview, advertisement, Dear Abby and an obituary.

Booklet or Video of the Bill of Rights
Your students have been hired to create an informational booklet or Photo Story video for kids to read or view in order to become informed citizens of the United States. The booklet or video that your students create will show their superior understanding of the Bill of Rights. They will elaborate on facts, express their opinions based on evidence and illustrate or include images of different elements of the document that guarantees rights to United States citizens. In addition to including information on the amendments that make up the Bill of Rights, there are many questions that are included in the product that are thought-provoking and interesting to answer. The product includes direction sheets with requirements for the cover page, introduction, pages of content and conclusion, two rubrics and a Photo Story guide with 10 step-by-step directions.

Group Skit: If the Bill of Rights Did Not Exist
This lesson truly helps the Bill of Rights come alive! Students will work in groups of three to write, direct and perform a skit that focuses on what daily life would be like if the Bill of Rights did NOT exist! It's a really fun way to apply critical thinking skills and creativity to the topic of guaranteed rights in the United States. Students will choose one of three possible roles (researcher, playwright or director) and will focus on three amendments from the Bill of Rights. The product includes an introduction to the skit, a description of the responsibilities of each student role, nine steps to complete the project, a rubric, a two-page student viewing handout and a reflection page.

Timeline of the Amendments
Timelines are a very important tool to use to visualize major events in a given period in history. Students will create a timeline of twelve (out of twenty-seven) amendments that they believe are the most significant and important ones. The product includes specific requirements, a planning guide and a rubric.

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