The Constitution

Students will learn how our Constitution was created and what some of its key characteristics are. They will also explore key amendments to the Constitution and their application in protecting citizens' rights.


Separation of Powers: What's for Lunch?

Students find out how the three branches of government interact with each another. Through the process of creating a healthy school lunch menu, students role-play each branch’s responsibility in the law-making process. They then compare the simulation activity to a real-life example of a bill that became law.

 


The "Federal" in Federalism

Students learn where the federal government gets its power and that government power in the United States is split between states and the federal government. They learn about express and implied powers, distinguish between federal powers and those reserved to the states (as well as shared powers), and contrast the federalist system of government with other choices the Founders might have made.

We suggest teaching our lesson "State Power: Got a Reservation? back-to-back with this lesson.


Power Play
Play Time: 15-30 mins
Coach a team vying for the balance of governmental powers.

Student Expression

Does the Constitution guarantee students the right to wear whatever clothing they want to school? What if that clothing is controversial or disruptive? In this Drafting Board issue, students explore those questions and more through the lens of Ben Brewer. They must decide whether Ben’s controversial band t-shirt can be banned by Principal Carter. Whichever side they choose, students must support their claim with relevant evidence and sound reasoning. The fate of Ben and his shirt hang in the balance!


Branches of Power
Play Time: 30+ mins
See the bigger picture and control all three branches of government!

Constitution Day Lesson Plan

Constitution Day is September 17, the day in 1787 when our U.S. government was born. Meet your Constitution Day education requirement with this free and engaging lesson plan. This interactive lesson gives students a quick snapshot of the Constitution, including the purpose of each article, the powers of the three branches, how a bill becomes a law, and the concepts of separation of powers and checks and balances.


Volunteer Activity for Constitution Day

This lesson guides volunteers through a great Constitution Day class activty. 

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