Included in this product are interactive notebook booklets that can aid students in retaining and studying for a test on the U.S. Constitution. These booklets could also double as bulletin board displays on the topic of the U.S. Constitution:
Articles of the Confederation (booklet) includes - -
Information about why Young United States did not want another government similar to Great Britain of the late 1700/early 1800's.
Parts of the Articles of Confederation that allowed for the Northwest Ordinance (and what, exactly, the Northwest Ordinance was).
The Limitations of the Articles of Confederation (all the way up to Shay's Rebellion - - which led to the Constitutional Convention).
Shay's Rebellion notebook insert provides more information
about Shay's Rebellion itself, including a little bit of information about who Daniel Shay's actually was, and why he proved that the Articles of Confederation were not enough to govern the young country.
The Constitutional Convention Booklet Includes - -
--a mock invitation/ mandatory notice for the representatives of each state to show up to the Constitutional Convention
--an explanation of what the Constitutional Convention actually was.
--A visual to help students understand "The Great Compromise"/ Connecticut Compromise that they should be able to relate to (especially if they have siblings or younger/older relatives of some type).
--A visual to help students understand the 3/5 Compromise that they should be able to related to (especially if they have siblings or younger/older relatives)
--A visual and explanation of the Ratification of the Constitution
--A visual and explanation for the need for a Bill of Rights
--Visuals and explanations for "The Fed" and the "Anti-Fed"
The Founding Fathers of the Constitution Booklet Includes:
information and pictures of the following men who were involved in forming &/or writing the U.S. Constitution - -
James Madison, George Washington, Ben Franklin, and Alexander Hamilton.
The Preamble to the Constitution Booklet includes - -
--an explanation of what, exactly, a preamble is.
--anchors that the teacher post around the room &/or have students include in a notebook on the U.S. Constitution.
The Branches/Checks & Balances to the Constitution includes-
--A trifoldable that separates the 3 different powers of the government: Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branches.
This trifoldable brochure can serve as a notebook insert, but could also be broken up for an interactive kinetic activity that students could be assigned to better learn the purpose of the checks & balances/ branches of the government.
--Visuals for each branch of government, that also are accompanied by explanations of who is involved in each branch and what their responsibilities and privileges are.
-- It even includes OUR responsibilities as "Average Joe" citizens in order to maintain these checks and balances!
The Bill of Rights booklet includes - -
--an explanation of what the Bill of Rights are, as well as an explanation of the purpose of the booklet (to give visuals and explanations for each of the first 10 amendments)
--Most of the amendments are accompanied by hand signals to help students retain the idea of each amendment. They are explained as rights that the government cannot infringe upon without due process or reasonable cause.
--Those amendments that could not easily be explained through hand signals were explained with other visuals (like reserved chairs for the 9th and 10th amendments).
A few activities that help them understand and retain information about the Constitution:
--The colorful hand activity on slide 9 helps students better understand the limitations of the Articles of Confederation. It is included as a completed graphic in the booklet, but students could also complete their own hand in order to become more personally involved in the idea of the limitations (weak government of the pinky, thumb shows no respect, index finger shows the threat of domestic tranquility because of quarreling states, the middle finger represents boundary disputes, the 4th/ ring finger represents no money (gold ring).
-- Slide 35 has an activity to help personalize the Preamble of the Constitution for students. They are given a chart, with the preamble broken down. They are to illustrate each section of the Preamble with either their drawing(s) or cut and pasted pictures from the internet or print media.
--Slides 37 & 38 can double as a hands-on activity where in students physically organize different components of the branches of government within one of 3 rings/branches/ hula hoops to show that they know the functions, responsibilities, and privileges of each branch.
--The Bill of Rights section can naturally call for students to involve themselves in the lessons - - by having them hold up the hands for each amendment.
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This product has been updated as of October 14, 2016. Additions include:
8 day lesson plans for 5th grade (Texas Objectives in 2016),
Links to find out current senators and representatives for each state (in lesson plans)
Word Wall words
Bell Ringers (Texas STAAR Stems)
Founding Fathers Contributions Graphic Organizer
Information cards on George Mason, Charles Pinckney, and Roger Sherman
Hand outs for learning the difference between federal, state, and local governments
Scenario activity for students to apply learning of federal, state, and local levels
Founding Fathers of our National Government Graphic Organizer
Presidential Qualities activity
Presidential Traits Booklet (features significant presidents, and their outstanding characters)
Congressional leaders booklet (Has a fill in page for students to write in their leaders)
(Currently includes senators and representatives for Texas, but lesson plans include a link for teachers/students to find their own senators and representatives)
Bill of Rights booklet, with first 10 amendments illustrated and explained
Bill of Rights Graphic Organizer
30 item test: Multiple Choice (with two True/False statements, and two fill in the blanks)