The Declaration of Independence

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Our The Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan identifies the Declaration of Independence and its meaning, as well as interprets different parts of the document, including the preamble.  This interactive lesson also engages physical movement to stimulate the sensory system as students solidify the concepts within a collaborative learning arrangement.

The Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about The Declaration of Independence
  • Preamble Interpretation Activity
  • Understanding the Declaration of Independence activity
  • A Declaration of Independence themed Crossword Puzzle
  • 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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Our The Declaration of Independence Lesson Plan identifies the Declaration of Independence and its meaning, as well as interprets different parts of the document, including the preamble.  This interactive lesson also engages physical movement to stimulate the sensory system as students solidify the concepts within a collaborative learning arrangement.

Enjoy Our Declaration of Independence Lesson Video:

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction Snippet:

  1. Say to students: When you turn 18, you will probably not want to follow the rules of your home any longer. Write 3 to 5 sentences telling why you would be ready to live on your own at that time. Give students about 5 – 10 minutes to respond.
  2. Ask for volunteers to read their statements. Lead a class discussion about their statements.
  3. Ask what the word independence means to them.
  4. Allow for responses and discussion.
  5. Tell students what they had written may be a future Declaration of Independence from their home.
  6. Distribute the Declaration of Independence content page.
  7. Read along with students, aloud and with discussion and interpretation where needed.
  8. Distribute the Activity pages and the supplies. Pair the students.
  9. Review the instructions. Assign one or two statements to each pair.
  10. Give students time to complete the activity.
  11. Arrange the students in a circle around the perimeter around the room.

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

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Social Studies

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02/27/2018
Sarah S.
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The Declaration of Independence

Very Helpful!!!!

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05/26/2017
lynita p.
US

The Declaration of Independence

It was very good. An excellent product. However, I would have liked to have had a key with the sentence strip activity. The link provided did not have the exact same text as the activity, so I had to search for a different one and provide a key for the students.