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Walk of Freedom
Students create a public art instillation with painted tiles or posters containing phrases interpreted from the US Constitution. read more »
Meeting Authority Figures
This resource gives a few suggestions for connecting your students to authority figures in your community. read more »
Vote for Class Leaders
This class election activity helps students understand voting, campaigning, responsibility and authority. read more »
Weekend with Wendell and Authority
The teacher will read Weekend with Wendel, by Kevin Henkes, and will discuss characters in the story who use power with authority and the characters who use power without authority. 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 »
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 »
Bill of Rights Quilt
To tie together literacy, culture, and the study of our individual rights as presented in the Constitution, students will examine the Bill of Rights amendments and create a quilt piece to show their understanding of what these amendments really mean. read more »
Plastic Bottle Review
Students will use this interactive strategy to review vocabulary words or other concepts. read more »
Digging into Social, Economic, and Political Issues with the City of Ember
Several activities are provided to help students delve into the political, social, and economic issues presented in the City of Ember. read more »
Two Voice Poem
Students create a two-voice poem to summarize key concepts from selected texts. read more »
Word Clouds/Wordles
Students will evaluate text in a unique way by creating “word clouds” or “wordles” using primary source documents, the internet, and the free website www.wordle.net. 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 »
Mapping Community Problems
Students identify their community's strengths and weaknesses and indicate them on a map. This activity can be used to select a problem for Project Citizen. 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 »
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 »
Reading Editorials
Students organize information from editorials on graphic organizers. Information can be used to facilitate discussion and debate, and to choose public policy problems to investigate and address. read more »
Dictator Hall of Shame
Students will read about several dictators and then compare and contrast dictatorships and democracy. read more »
Public vs. Private
Students analyze real life examples of public and private services within their neighborhood and school community. read more »
Student Slideshow
Students will use their understanding of civics topics to create a PowerPoint or Pixie slideshow. read more »
School and Home Rules
Students will reflect on rules at home and school using what they have learned. read more »
Evaluate, Take, Defend a Position
Students analyze and consider various points of view before taking and defending a position. read more »
Growing Responsibility
Students will use their understanding of responsibility to nurture a plant. read more »
Five, Three, One
Students analyze the Bill of Rights and prioritize amendments based on personal opinions about the significance of each. read more »
Introduction to Justice
The nursery rhyme 'Jack Sprat' is used to introduce the concept of fairness. read more »
After
Student look closely at the rights we are guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights by examining the book After, by Francine Prose. read more »
Previewing Lesson Organization
This strategy and accompanying graphic organizer help students understand how the We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution: The Citizen & The Constitution text is organized. read more »
Fair Ways to Respond
This lesson develops the concept that there are fair ways to respond to a wrong someone has done, or an injury someone has caused. read more »
What are the Costs and Benefits of Responsibility?
Students will use the story A Pocket for Corduroy, by Don Freeman, to examine the costs and benefits of responsibility. read more »
Tom Sawyer and Responsibility
This lesson uses the story of Tom Sawyer to introduce students to ways of dealing with conflicting values and responsibilities. read more »
A River Ran Wild
Students apply what they've learned in the SVPDP curricula to A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry. 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 »
Bill of Rights Motto and Coat of Arms
Students will study the Bill of Rights using primary and secondary sources, select their favorite amendment, create a crest with images related to the Amendment, and craft a motto that connects to the amendment they’ve chosen. read more »
George and George: Exploring Two Sides of the American Revolution
This is a five day mini-unit, which uses the book George vs. George: The Revolutionary War as Seen by Both Sides, by Rosalyn Schanzer. read more »
You Be the Expert
Students evaluate the Tinker v. Des Moines decision and other free speech decisions. read more »
Take a Stand
Students gain experience in sharing, discussing, and defending their opinions. 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 »
Duck for President
Questions connecting the book to all four Foundations of Democracy concepts and two writing prompts. read more »
Ruby Bridges Literature Connections for Authority and Responsibility
Questions for primary students relating to the concepts of authority and responsibility. read more »
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Questions connect the book to all four Foundations of Democracy concepts. Also provided are a writing prompt and a question relating the novel to We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution: The Citizen & The Constitution. read more »
Circle of Gold
Questions connect the book to all four Foundations of Democracy concepts and We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution. A writing prompt is also provided. read more »
Dear Mr. Henshaw
Questions connecting the book to all four Foundations of Democracy concepts. read more »
Hatchet
Questions connect the book to all four Foundations of Democracy concepts and We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution. A writing prompt is also provided. read more »
Holes
Questions connect the book t0 three Foundations of Democracy concepts and We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution. A writing prompt is also provided. read more »
It's Our World Too
Connections are made between the book and Project Citizen. read more »
Maniac Magee
Questions connect the book to three Foundations of Democracy concepts and We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution. A writing prompt is also provided. read more »
Number the Stars
Questions connect the book to all four Foundations of Democracy concepts and We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution. Also provides a writing prompt. read more »
Superfudge
Questions connect the book to all four Foundations of Democracy concepts and We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution. A writing prompt is also provided. read more »
The Indian in the Cupboard
Questions connect the book to two Foundations of Democracy concepts and We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution. A writing prompt is also provided. read more »
The Kid Who Became President
Questions connect the book to two Foundations of Democracy concepts and We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution. A writing prompt is also provided. read more »
The Kid Who Ran for President
Writing prompt and one responsibility question relate the book to We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution and the concept of responsibility. read more »
Tuck Everlasting
Questions connect the book to all four Foundations of Democracy concepts and We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution. A writing prompt is also provided. read more »
Homesick
Questions connect the book to all four Foundations of Democracy concepts and We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution. A writing prompt is also provided. read more »
Walk Two Moons
Questions connect the book to three Foundations of Democracy concepts. A writing prompt is also provided. read more »
I am Regina
Questions connect the book to all four Foundations of Democracy concepts and We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution. A writing prompt is also provided. read more »
We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution and Foundations Integration
Connections are made between We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution, Lesson 14 and the four Foundations of Democracy concepts. read more »
Lord of the Flies
Connections are made to two Foundations of Democracy concepts and a writing prompt is provided pertaining to We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution. read more »
The Giver
Connections are made to two Foundations of Democracy concepts and a writing prompt is provided. read more »
Outsiders
Connections to the four Foundations of Democracy concepts, We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution, and Project Citizen. read more »
William Penn
Connections are made to the four Foundations of Democracy concepts, We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution, and Project Citizen. read more »
A Mouse Called Wolf
Connections to three Foundations of Democracy concepts and a verbal discussion prompt are provided. read more »
A to Z Mysteries: Jaguar's Jewel
Connections to the four Foundations of Democracy concepts and a verbal discussion prompt are provided. read more »
Best Me I Can Be
Connections are made to three Foundations of Democracy concepts and a verbal discussion prompt is provided. 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 »
Ferdinand
Questions connect the book to three Foundations of Democracy concepts. A writing prompt is also provided. read more »
Lord of the Flies Unit
This unit uses Lord of the Flies to teach concepts from the Foundations of Democracy, Authority curriculum and We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution: The Citizen & the Constitution. read more »