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Big Book of Family Rules
Children will cooperate with classmates to create a big book about rules they follow at home. read more »
Current Events Collection Boards
Students construct a display of news articles categorized under concepts from Foundations of Democracy—authority, privacy, responsibility, justice. read more »
Thirteen Colonies Learning Buddies
Students will familiarize or re-familiarize themselves with the location of the original thirteen British colonies and organize themselves into named partnerships that can be used throughout the year. read more »
What Makes a Good Citizen?
To deepen their understanding of citizenship, students participate in an activity to identify the knowledge, skills, responsibilities, attitudes, and beliefs of a good citizen. read more »
Two Voice Poem
Students create a two-voice poem to summarize key concepts from selected texts. read more »
Preamble Quilt
Students will work with a partner to create a quilt square explaining vocabulary in the Preamble. Squares will be taped together to form a quilt. read more »
The Fair Bears Play: a Play About Justice
This is a full script so that students can act out The Fair Bears Learn About Justice. read more »
Foundations of Democracy Class Reunion: A Dinner Party
Students will create a short skit to present what they have learned about the four concepts of Foundations of Democracy. read more »
Zookeeper Responsibility Play
This is a full script so that students can act out The Zookeeper Learns About Responsibility. read more »
Impromptu Play
Students create a play using what they have learned in We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution: The Citizen & the Constitution or Foundations of Democracy. read more »
Pass the Story
Using vocabulary from any recent unit of study, students will tell a story as a class. read more »
Save the Last Word for Me
Students will write to silently discuss a passage from a relevant primary source or text. read more »
Foundations of Democracy Presentation Panels
Students will create a four panel display based on the concepts of authority, privacy, responsibility, and justice. read more »
Write Pass Write
Students in a group collaborate to write several stories about a topic of study. read more »
Yarn Webbing Activity
This is a kinesthetic activity in which students identify ways in which terms and concepts they are studying relate to one another. read more »
Responsibility Collage
Students will use their understanding of civics topics and vocabulary to create a collage. read more »
Growing Responsibility
Students will use their understanding of responsibility to nurture a plant. read more »
Declaration Translation
Students work in partners to demonstrate the literal and figurative meanings of words in the Declaration of Independence. read more »
Bully Beware
Students will apply what they have learned about power and authority while considering the issue of bullying. read more »
Responsible Citizens
This lesson introduces young students to the concept of responsibility and citizenship. read more »
Letting the Swift River Go
This lesson is designed to integrate the concepts of civic education across curricula using Jane Yolen’s book Letting Swift River Go. read more »
Read-Recap-Request
Students read content together. One student read, one summarizes, and the third asks questions. read more »
Paired Reading
Student pairs read together helping one another understand content. read more »
Metacognitive Conversation With the Text
Learners think about their thinking and comprehension as they read. read more »
Rotation Stations/Carousel
Students will share their thoughts, ideas, and/or knowledge on a variety of topics or subtopics on chart paper hanging around the room. read more »
What Makes a Good Citizen?--Thinking Map
Students consider how the Foundations of Democracy concepts apply to being a good citizen. read more »