The Constitution

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Introduce the constitution with our The Constitution Lesson Plan, which defines the Constitution, explain its meaning, and summarize some of the amendments, including the Bill of Rights.  Generalize understanding and develop critical thinking as students engage in product debate over any amendments they feel should be changed or added.

The Constitution Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages on the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Amendments
  • “Be the Supreme Court” Group Activity
  • Constitution Review Practice and Homework Assignments
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Introduce the constitution with our The Constitution Lesson Plan, which defines the Constitution, explain its meaning, and summarize some of the amendments, including the Bill of Rights.  Generalize understanding and develop critical thinking as students engage in product debate over any amendments they feel should be changed or added.

Classroom Procedure Sample Snippet:

  1. Review the classroom rules with the students and tell them why the classroom rules exist. Ask students: Are there any other rules you follow in your life? Why were the rules created?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion.
  3. Distribute The Constitution content pages. Have students read aloud, and review the concepts of the amendments. Give examples so students will understand the Bill of Rights and the other amendments.
  4. Distribute the Activity page and the predetermined articles (cases) related to some of the controversies in the news related to the Constitution.
  5. Review the instructions, appoint a recorder and a leader for each group.
  6. Once all groups had a chance to discuss the articles (cases), have a class discussion about the decisions they made. Review the Activity page results from each group.
  7. Distribute the Practice page and review once completed.
  8. Distribute the Homework page and discuss the students’ responses the next day.
  9. Close the lesson with the question: Which of the amendments do you think should be changed, or what should be added?

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Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6.10

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

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies