America’s Founding Fathers

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As an overview of the Founding Fathers of America, our America’s Founding Fathers Lesson Plan delves into their contributions to the development of the national government and their influence as models of civic virtue. This lesson focuses on seven statesmen responsible for American independence, as well as a few others, and their unique contributions to the effort. This lesson is a suitable precursor to other lessons related to the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the American Revolution, or it can be presented following those lessons.

America’s Founding Fathers Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the Founding Fathers of America.
  • The lesson focuses on seven statesmen responsible for American independence, with each one unique in their contributions to the effort.
  • A few other Founding Fathers are also discussed and includes relevant information about their contributions as well.
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 5-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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As an overview of the Founding Fathers of America, our America’s Founding Fathers Lesson Plan delves into their contributions to the development of the national government and their influence as models of civic virtue. This lesson focuses on seven statesmen responsible for American independence, as well as a few others, and their unique contributions to the effort. This lesson is a suitable precursor to other lessons related to the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the American Revolution, or it can be presented following those lessons.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Ask students: What does it mean to be the “founder” of an idea, an organization, or something else?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Who do you think are the founders of the United States? Why?
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. What might make the founders of the United States special? Why?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce America’s Founding Fathers.
  5. Distribute America’s Founding Fathers content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions. Pair students and distribute supplies. Assign each pair of students one of the
  7. Founding Fathers. Encourage students to be creative. Allow access to the Internet and sufficient time to complete the poster.
    Once students have completed the posters, allow each pair of students to present the poster to the class, sharing information about the Founding Father.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses. Students correct False statements.
  10. In closing, ask students: If you could be recognized as a Founding “Father” or “Mother” of something, what would you want it to be and why?

Common Core State Standards: Social Studies Grade 6: b.20.B, Social Studies Grade 5: b.19.A

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions.

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Additional information

Grade Level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies