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Historical Figures and Activits
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In this lesson, students discuss activism and the characteristics of leaders and participants in state and national movements. Students participate in national movement by organizing and writing a petition to support their views.

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Social Studies
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National Constitution Center
Date Added:
05/19/2017
The Judicial System
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In this lesson, students demonstrate an understanding of what happens in a real court of law, learn and apply a variety of questioning techniques, and apply effective oral communication skills.

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Social Studies
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Lesson Plan
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National Constitution Center
Date Added:
05/19/2017
Lesson 1: American Flavor: A Cultural Salad of Diversity
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In this lesson, students will understand who we are (as a country) by examining the different foods and customs that represent the different cultures and geographic areas of the country. Students will understand that their families (ancestors) participated in making the country what it is today. Students will examine the diversity within their own class and in other locations throughout the country.

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Social Studies
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Lesson Plan
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National Constitution Center
Date Added:
05/19/2017
Lesson 2: The Constitution
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In this lesson, students examine the Constitution as the foundation of our government. The introductory Read Aloud, A More Perfect Union, provides the historical background leading to the development of the Constitution while the interview with Judge Rendell underscores its uniqueness and application to present day. Students have the opportunity to experience the difficulty in interpreting a law when they must consider possible exceptions to an existing law.

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Social Studies
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Lesson Plan
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National Constitution Center
Date Added:
05/19/2017
Lesson 3: The Bill of Rights
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In this lesson, students develop understanding of the Constitution by examining the Bill of Rights. The narrative provides an historical background for the writing of the first ten amendments, as well as the reasons why each amendment was seen as crucial to the states accepting the Constitution. Follow-up activities allow students to apply the principles in the Bill of Rights to present day situations.

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Social Studies
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Constitution Center
Date Added:
05/19/2017
Lesson 4: Principles of Justice and the Role of the Judiciary
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In this lesson, students focus on the principles of justice and the role of the judiciary. By following a young girl as she tries to recover her stolen bicycle, the narrative provides a context for understanding the process of resolving a conflict from negotiations to trial. In all the lesson activities, students are gaining practice in examining and discussing issues from different viewpoints before rendering a decision. As an extension activity, student groups can develop and perform their own mock trials based on familiar fairy tales or fables.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Constitution Center
Date Added:
05/19/2017
Lesson 7: Historical Figures and Activists
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In this lesson, students look at those leaders whose actions had a significant societal impact, the activists. The introductory real aloud, Ballot Box Battle by Emily McCully, introduces students to Elizabeth Stanton and her role in the suffragettes movement. In the Examine the Issue activity, students are asked to consider a current issue, the four day school week. By seeking input from many stakeholders, students are asked to consider all perspectives in making their decision.

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Social Studies
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Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Constitution Center
Date Added:
05/19/2017
We the Civics Kids-Everybody Cooks Rice Bookmark
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Students use this bookmark to prepare a dish of diversity where they create a "dish" to share with classmates. Students discuss the book, Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley and the ways in which their families are alike and different. Students also describe their neighborhood and what it would be like to live in a multicultural neighborhood.

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Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
Provider:
National Constitution Center
Date Added:
05/19/2017
We the Civics Kids- I Could Do That -Bookmark
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This bookmark prompts students to consider how they can make change happen in their school or community and consider the civic efforts of Esther Morris to determine how her characteristics compare with other well-known leaders.

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Social Studies
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National Constitution Center
Date Added:
05/19/2017
We the Civics Kids Lesson 1: American Flavor: A Cultural Salad of Diversity
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In this lesson, students look at the contributions made by people from other countries who have come and made their homes here. These include traditional foods, language and celebrations that are now part of the American experience. It also acts as a springboard for other activities as students investigate diversity within their class, as well as across the United States.

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Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
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National Constitution Center
Date Added:
05/19/2017
We the Civics Kids Lesson 8: Kid Power
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In this lesson, students celebrate student engagement. The introductory read aloud, Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand, shows the students how one idea can grow and make a difference. The We the Civics Kids magazine highlights the efforts of three students and one elementary class in making a positive impact in their community and state. In this lesson, students are asked to think about ways they can become engaged in their school, community, or state.

Subject:
Social Studies
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
National Constitution Center
Date Added:
05/19/2017