Supreme Court Building Block Puzzle

Supreme Court Building Block Puzzle
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I created this project as a way to bring in some kinesthetic learning to my Government class! Essentially, a group of students are given a set of 20 building blocks. Each building block contains an excerpt from a famous Supreme Court opinion (ex. Marbury v. Madison, Brown v. Board, etc.). They follow the directions and stack the building blocks into a 4x5 wall. If they do it correctly, the blocks will spell out a funny quote and several important dates. My favorite part about this puzzle is the visual it inspires. Supreme Court cases really build upon one another, so that just as the stack of blocks would tumble if you removed one from the bottom row, so too if you invalidated an early Supreme Court decision (like Marbury or McCulloch), all the cases that have used those opinions to guide their own rulings would have to be invalidated as well! So, students are reminded that Supreme Court decisions build upon one another just like building blocks. That is the beauty of the principle of Stare Decisis. This assignment comes with a word document that has the building blocks themselves, another word document that gives directions to the teacher on how to implement the assignment in the classroom, as well as instructions on how to create the actual blocks, and a final word document that gives instructions to the students themselves on how to do the assignment. - I Love Gov
Total Pages
23 pages
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Teaching Duration
50 minutes
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