11 U.S. Government Crossword Puzzles Differentiated for Basic and Advanced Levels to Help You Teach and Reinforce a Large Variety of U.S. Government Topics!
These puzzles zero in on the reasons why the nation needed a new plan of government, along with the drafting, debates, and ratification of the U.S. Constitution, with significant emphasis on the Constitutional Convention itself!
Looking for a fun way to get students engaged with lesson content and help them zero in on key concepts and important details about U.S. government and the U.S. Constitution? Puzzles work really well, and this bargain bundle of 11 different government puzzle worksheets will give you lots of options for days and days of engaging government fun and learning!
What You will Get in this U.S. Government Crossword Puzzle Set:
• 11 Crossword Puzzles presented in standard format
• 11 Crossword Puzzles above designed for differentiated learning: word bank included to help learners
• 11 Solution Grids (Full answer keys with clues on the same page for teacher convenience)
• 11 Vocabulary Lists (For review, discussion, and vocabulary study as well as teacher reference)
Topics Covered in these We the People Worksheet Puzzles:
Each crossword puzzle included zeros in on one essential government topic. In this set of 11 government puzzle worksheets, you'll find worksheets for all of the following topics:
The Articles of Confederation:
• Basic Provisions of the Articles of Confederation
• Problems with the Articles of Confederation
The Constitutional Convention:
• The Philadelphia Convention
• The Virginia Plan
• The New Jersey Plan & the Connecticut Compromise
• The Three-Fifths Compromise
The U.S. Constitution
• Designing the Three Branches
• Shared Powers among the Three Branches
• State vs. Federal Powers
The Ratification Struggle:
• The Anti-Federalist Position
• The Federalist Position
Differentiated Learning is Embedded in these We the People Crossword Puzzle Worksheets
This We the People Crossword Puzzle Packet contains worksheets with two levels of difficulty to help teachers differentiate the material for their students. The first crossword included features a standard format with just the puzzle grid and the clues list.
The second crossword puzzle page, however, is intended for students that need learning aids – it also includes a Word Bank list that will assist students in filling out the puzzle by providing them with all of the possible answers. This “basic” level puzzle still requires students to think critically, though – they have to read each clue and figure out which word bank entry best suits it.
Teacher Convenience Features in these We the People Puzzle Worksheets
This packet includes a traditional crossword puzzle answer key that shows the words filled into their correct slots. However, to help teachers who want to conduct a class discussion on the terms, there is also an “Answer List” page that matches up the key words with their clues. This format means that teachers don’t have to hunt for answers on the grid when they are discussing items with the class!
Ways to Use these U.S. Government Crossword Puzzle Worksheets:
• Topical review to accompany lessons in any U.S. Government textbook
• Research tasks for students -- have them use online sources to help them complete items that go beyond the textbook
• Review worksheets to cycle back through previously learned topics
• Easy substitute lesson plan activities that students will find engaging and even fun!
• Extra credit worksheets
• Homework assignments
• Group classwork activities
• Targeted worksheets that perfectly match the lessons in the textbook entitled: We the People, The Citizen and the Constitution. See below for textbook information.
About the We the People Textbook These Puzzles Go With
We the People is an excellent high-school level textbook published by the Center for Civic Education. There are actually several levels of We the People available. The one designated as Level 3 by the publisher is the one that matches this question set. It has a white cover with “We the People” prominently written in yellow at the top, while the bottom ¾ of the front cover is a painting of the Constitutional Convention featuring a standing George Washington.
If you have used this text, you have probably had the same reaction to it as I did -- fantastic content, placing government concepts in their rich historical context where they are best understood.... but where are the ancillaries? Indeed, the major drawback I have found to the We the People textbook is a lack of assessments and worksheets -- that is why I have developed my own. This crossword puzzle activity has been used by real high-school students and has kept them engaged and on-task while providing me, their teacher, with valuable information about how well each of them is mastering core information about the American constitutional system.
LOOKING FOR WE THE PEOPLE PUZZLES FOR THE ENTIRE TEXTBOOK?
Your lowest cost option is to buy my "Entire Textbook Bundle" so you get all my WE the People worksheet puzzles for one low price. Or you can buy them unit by unit if you're not sure you'll use the whole book. Just follow the links below:
---> Best Deal: We the People Puzzles -- ENTIRE TEXTBOOK BUNDLE -- Lessons 1-39
We the People Crossword Puzzles for Unit 1: Lessons 1-7
We the People Crossword Puzzles for Unit 2: Lessons 8-14
We the People Crossword Puzzles for Unit 3: Lessons 15-20
We the People Crossword Puzzles for Unit 4: Lessons 21-26
We the People Crossword Puzzles for Unit 5: Lessons 27-32
We the People Crossword Puzzles for Unit 6: Lessons 33-39
LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL LESSON PACKS INCLUDED IN THIS BARGAIN BUNDLE?
The links below will take you to the individual product pages where you can see more detail:
We the People Lesson 8 Crossword Puzzle -- The Articles of Confederation
We the People Lesson 9 Crossword Puzzle -- The Constitutional Convention
We the People Lesson 10 Crossword Puzzle -- /constitutional Compromises
We the People Lesson 11 Crossword Puzzle -- The Three Branches
We the People Lesson 12 Crossword Puzzle -- Federal vs. State Powers Crossword Puzzle
We the People Lesson 13 Crossword Puzzle -- The Anti-Federalist Position
We the People Lesson 14 Crossword Puzzle -- The Federalist Position
LOOKING FOR EVEN MORE WE THE PEOPLE CROSSWORD PUZZLE WORKSHEETS?
Here's my complete collection of single-lesson We the People worksheet puzzles!
We the People Lesson 1 Crossword Puzzles -- Constitutional Governement
We the People Lesson 2 Crossword Puzzles -- Beliefs about Civic Life
We the People Lesson 3 Crossword Puzzles -- Individual Rights Throughout History
We the People Lesson 4 Crossword Puzzles -- The British Origins of American Government
We the People Lesson 5 Crossword Puzzles -- Colonial Charters and Governments
We the People Lesson 6 Crossword Puzzles -- The Right of Revolution
We the People Lesson 7 Crossword Puzzles -- Early State Constitutions
We the People Lesson 8 Crossword Puzzles -- The Articles of Confederation
We the People Lesson 9 Crossword Puzzles -- The Constitutional Convention
We the People Lesson 10 Crossword Puzzles -- /constitutional Compromises
We the People Lesson 11 Crossword Puzzles -- The Three Branches
We the People Lesson 12 Crossword Puzzles -- Federal vs. State Powers
We the People Lesson 13 Crossword Puzzles -- The Anti-Federalist Position
We the People Lesson 14 Crossword Puzzles -- The Federalist Position
We the People Lesson 15 Crossword Puzzles -- Amendments and Judicial Review
We the People Lesson 16 Crossword Puzzles -- Political Parties
We the People Lesson 17 Crossword Puzzles -- The Civil War and the Constitution
We the People Lesson 18 Crossword Puzzles -- Due Process of Law
We the People Lesson 19 Crossword Puzzles -- Equal Protection of the Laws
We the People Lesson 20 Crossword Puzzles -- Voting Rights and Suffrage
We the People Lesson 21 Crossword Puzzles -- All About Congress
We the People Lesson 22 Crossword Puzzles -- Congressional Lawmaking and Oversight
We the People Lesson 23 Crossword Puzzles -- Roles of the President
We the People Lesson 24 Crossword Puzzles -- The Federal Bureaucracy
We the People Lesson 25 Crossword Puzzles -- The Supreme Court
We the People Lesson 26 Crossword Puzzles -- Federalism and State Government
We the People Lesson 27 Crossword Puzzles -- Bill of Rights
We the People Lesson 28 Crossword Puzzles -- Freedom of Religion
We the People Lesson 29 Crossword Puzzles -- Freedom of Speech and Expression
We the People Lesson 30 Crossword Puzzles -- Freedom of Assembly and Petition
We the People Lesson 31 Crossword Puzzles -- The 4th and 5th Amendments
We the People Lesson 32 Crossword Puzzles -- The 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments
We the People Lesson 33 Crossword Puzzles -- Citizenship
We the People Lesson 34 Crossword Puzzles -- Civic Engagement
We the People Lesson 35 Crossword Puzzles -- Civil Rights
We the People Lesson 36 Crossword Puzzles -- Influence of the American Governmental System
We the People Lesson 37 Crossword Puzzles -- Future Challenges for the U.S.
We the People Lesson 38 Crossword Puzzles -- International Law and World Affairs
We the People Lesson 39 Crossword Puzzles -- Fundamental Principles
WHAT ABOUT WE THE PEOPLE MULTIPLE CHOICE WORKSHEETS?
I have puzzles for the entire textbook, but I've also made We the People guided reading worksheets for a lot of the lessons! Since they use a multiple choice approach, they also work great as We the People tests!
Check out the links below to reach those product pages:
We the People Lesson 1 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 1 Test
We the People Lesson 2 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 2 Test
We the People Lesson 3 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 3 Test
We the People Lesson 4 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 4 Test
We the People Lesson 5 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 5 Test
We the People Lesson 6 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 6 Test
We the People Lesson 7 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 7 Test
We the People Lesson 8 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 8 Test
We the People Lesson 9 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 9 Test
We the People Lesson 10 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 10 Test
We the People Lesson 11 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 11 Test
We the People Lesson 12 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 12 Test
We the People Lesson 13 Worksheet / We the People Lesson 13 Test
More We the People Worksheets Coming Soon!
You can find all my previously released We the People worksheet packs and many other useful teaching aids at:
Elise Parker at Teachers Pay Teachers
Great History Teaching at Teachers Pay Teachers