This activity is a wonderful and engaging interactive internet scavenger hunt for students to learn about or review information relating to the new nation. The scavenger hunt takes students through the “Congress for Kids” website to answer questions relating to Articles of Confederation, Constitutional Convention, Great Compromise, Bill of Rights, three branches of government, and checks & balances.
An answer sheet is included.
This activity covers but is not limited to the following standards:
GPS - SS4H5 The student will analyze the challenges faced by the new nation.
a. Identify the weaknesses of the government established by the Articles of Confederation.
b. Identify the major leaders of the Constitutional Convention (James Madison and Benjamin Franklin) and describe the major issues they debated, including the rights of states, the Great Compromise, and slavery.
c. Identify the three branches of the U. S. government as outlined by the Constitution, describe what they do, how they relate to each other (checks and balances and separation of power), and how they relate to the states.
d. Identify and explain the rights in the Bill of Rights, describe how the Bill of Rights places limits on the power of government, and explain the reasons for its inclusion in the Constitution in 1791.
GPS - SS5CG1 The student will explain how a citizen’s rights are protected under the U.S. Constitution.
a. Explain the responsibilities of a citizen.
b. Explain the freedoms granted and rights protected by the Bill of Rights.
c. Explain the concept of due process of law and describe how the U.S. Constitution protects a citizen’s rights by due process.
I hope you and your students enjoy this activity! Please remember to leave me feedback!
- Kara Lee