This bundle truly has it all! Projects come with specific directions, requirements, rubrics and answer keys (when necessary). Students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively and/or individually to complete the following assignments:
Washington, D.C. Travel Brochure
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 of Washington, D.C. The product includes a detailed explanation of each option, a list of required sites, directions to complete the project, a rubric and eight brochure templates.
Real Estate Advertisement or Commercial for Washington, D.C.
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 an introduction, six requirements, five advertising strategies, two rubrics, a planning guide and templates.
Constitutional Convention Classroom Debates
Debates help students improve their skills in the areas of problem solving, critical thinking, communication, teamwork and leadership. For this class activity, divide your students into six teams. Two groups will be competing against each other at a time during the classroom debate. There are a total of three debate questions so each student in your class will participate in a debate and will be an audience member for two debates. The first two questions relate to issues debated during the Constitutional Convention and the third question relates to an issue that was debated after the Convention. The product includes debate questions, strategies, debate structure, two planning guides, a rubric and a ballot sheet.
Redesign the Dollar to Represent the Preamble
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 notes on the Preamble, requirements, a rubric, a two-page chart about the U.S. dollar, two answer keys and four currency templates (1/2 page and full page options).
Biography Poem About James Madison
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 of 12 lines and a rubric.
Three Branches of Government Graphic Organizers
The eight pages of graphic organizers give students the opportunity to learn about the structure, roles and responsibilities of our government, with a focus on the legislative, executive and judicial branches. Additionally, they'll takes notes on checks and balances that are so important in our government. Students will also have the opportunity to express their opinion about major issues that are debated in the government.
Create a Newspaper about the Constitution
This project gives students the opportunity to delve deep into the United States Constitution. Your students will assume the roles of reporters and will write a newspaper about the Constitution and Bill of Rights. While there is a lot of room for creativity and an opportunity for originality, students will base their information on historical evidence. The product includes an explanation of each section (examples: title, news stories, interviews, advertisements and more), a rubric and twelve newspaper templates.
41 Activities, Daily Work and Entrance & Exit Tickets
These activities will capture the attention of your students and will keep them engaged throughout your lesson. These activities can be completed at any point in the lesson - as a way to engage your students when the bell rings, as a main activity of the lesson or as a way to wrap up your lesson in a meaningful way. The handouts are a great way for you to assess your students' knowledge about the content and their critical thinking skills. The activities focus on the Constitution (legislative, executive, and judicial branches) and the Bill of Rights. Each handout comes with clip art that makes learning even more interesting and enjoyable! Each question comes with a ½ sheet and full sheet option. There are 41 different questions in the product and here is a small sampling (each one comes with clip art to make it more interesting for your students to complete): (1) Design the award of a senator or representation to honor his or her achievements or actions. (2) Fill out the email inbox as though it belongs to the president, a congressperson or a justice. (3) Create two apps on the iPad that would help law enforcement officers follow the rights protected under the fourth amendment.
Constitution Task Cards: Scavenger Hunt
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 answers recording handout and an answer key.
Create a Visual of the Three Branches of Government
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 an introduction, requirements, directions, an explanation of the roles of your students, a rubric and a student reflection.
Help Wanted Ad: President, Senator, Representative or Justice Needed
Students create a Help Wanted Ad to find qualified people to become the president, senator, representative or Supreme Court justice. The product includes an introduction, an explanation of requirements and a rubric. 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.
Design a Biography Book Jacket for a President, Senator, Representative or Justice
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 evidence. The product includes an explanation, list of requirements and topics, a rubric and a book jacket template.
Student Talk Show: Three Branches of Government
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 an introduction, explanation of the structure of the talk show, a rubric, a list of twelve sample host questions, a planning guide and an editing checklist.
Create a Board Game About the Constitution & Bill of Rights
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, directions, requirements, rubric, six game board templates, two game card templates, two spinners, three game pieces, a dice template and game money.
Write a Cover Letter as a Presidential Candidate
Your students are going to assume the role of an adult who fulfills the Constitutional requirements of a president. Your students believe that they are ready to be the next president of the United States! In a cover letter, they will convince the American people that they have the characteristics, skills and experience to become the president. The product includes an introduction, a cover letter template, a rubric, an editing checklist and a paragraph graphic organizer.
Bill of Rights Informational Booklet
Your students have been hired to create an informational booklet for kids to read in order to become informed citizens of the United States. The booklet 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. The product includes requirements for the cover page, an introduction, pages of content and a conclusion, along with a rubric and fifteen booklet templates.
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, a description of the student roles, nine steps to complete the project, a rubric, a student viewing handout and a reflection page.
Bill of Rights and Beyond: Task Cards of the 27 Amendments
This class activity will make reading the Bill of Rights and the additional 17 amendments fun and interesting! Each amendment is presented on a visually appealing task card with clipart. Students can work individual or 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 twenty-seven task cards for each amendment, a student recording handout and an answer key.
Create a Timeline of the Twenty-Seven 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, a rubric, critical thinking questions and a timeline template.
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