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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 »
Mnemonic Devices for the Bill of Rights
Students create a mnemonic device to help others remember the amendments in the Bill of Rights. read more »
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse and Authority
The teacher will read-aloud Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, by Kevin Henkes, to facilitate a classroom discussion about authority and power. read more »
The Desert Island Activity
Students will create a plan of action to design a government to address issues of a newly developed society. read more »
Compare and Contrast Life in America
Students will use primary and secondary sources to compare accounts of colonial America as told in primary and secondary sources. They will also compare colonial life to American life today. read more »
Declaration of Independence Cause and Effect
Students will identify causes and effects of the Declaration of Independence. read more »
Generations Journal
Students will keep a historical “journal/diary” where they take on the persona of a person living in the various historical periods they study throughout the year. read more »
Authority in the News
Students will read newspaper articles and indentify the various sources of authority in each article. read more »
King George and the Declaration of Independence.
Students will learn about King George and identify causes for the Declaration of Independence. read more »
Meeting Authority Figures
This resource gives a few suggestions for connecting your students to authority figures in your community. read more »
Big Book of Family Rules
Children will cooperate with classmates to create a big book about rules they follow at home. read more »
Authority Figure Biography
Students will write a biography (book or poster) about an authority figure. 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 »
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 »
Citizenship Alphabet Book
The students will create alphabet books on the theme of citizenship. 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 »
History Comes to Life Wax Museum
Students will research an important person in history. They will become that person and share facts with those who attend their History Comes to Life Wax Museum exhibition. read more »
Three Types of Justice
Students create a visual representation of the three types of justice (corrective, distributive, procedural). read more »
Coat Hanger History Characters
This activity allows students to research facts about people who have had an impact on the development of our country, showing what they learned in a fun way. read more »
Plastic Bottle Review
Students will use this interactive strategy to review vocabulary words or other concepts. read more »
Democracy Similes
Students create similes about Democracy from ordinary objects. 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 »
Found Poem
Students will use key words and phrases from their current lesson/unit of study to create a poem. read more »
Civics Haiku
Students will read and summarize key concepts by writing a haiku. 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 »
Preamble Current Events
Students identify current events to serve as examples of the role and responsibilities of government as listed in the Preamble. read more »
Singing the Preamble
Students will learn the Preamble of the Constitution by singing it in a song. 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 »
Four Square Literature Connections
Students will analyze reading selections and apply the four concepts in Foundations of Democracy- authority, privacy, responsibility, and justice. 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 »
Vocabulary Art
Students will define terms in their own words, cut out a picture that shows the meaning of the term, and explain in writing how the picture fits the term. read more »
Vocabulary Maze
In this game students identify relationships between vocabulary words in We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution: The Citizen and the Constitution or Foundations of Democracy. read more »
What's In a Name?
Students create an acrostic using the name of a character in a story, a person in history, the title of a book, etc. 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 »
Public Policy: Facts, Myths and Values
This lesson introduces students to public policy and the facts, myths and values that surround it. Students will read an article entitled, Public Policy: Facts, Myths and Values, by Jerri Cockrel. 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 »
First Amendment Graffiti
Students will read a short biography of someone to fought for First Amendment rights, then write a short essay and create a class graffiti. read more »
Public vs. Private
Students analyze real life examples of public and private services within their neighborhood and school community. read more »
Coming to America
Using what they have learned about life in the American colonies, students will create an advertisement to entice Europeans to come to the America. read more »
Emotional Timeline
Students create an emotional timeline depicting the events leading up to the American Revolution and indicating whether they were positive or negative from the perspective of both the colonists and the British. read more »
Loyalist vs. Patriots
Students will write a persuasive letter from the point of view of a loyalist or a patriot. read more »
Preamble Collage
Students will study the preamble and then create a collage depicting the government's purpose. read more »
Writing Roulette
Students write a news article about the main character in A Tugging String: A Novel About Growing Up During the Civil Rights Era by David Greenberg. 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 »
Responsibility Collage
Students will use their understanding of civics topics and vocabulary to create a collage. read more »
Fairness Memory Game
Students will play a memory game matching situations and solutions dealing with justice. read more »
Act on It
Students will use their understanding of power and authority to demonstrate appropriate vs. inappropriate actions. read more »
Growing Responsibility
Students will use their understanding of responsibility to nurture a plant. read more »
Justice, Authority, Responsibility Links
A class paper chain grows as students exhibit positive behavior related to justice, authority, and responsibility. read more »
Responsibility Grid
Students use their understanding of responsibility to complete a graphic organizer. 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 »
Shopping Bag Grab
Students learn the importance of choosing good leaders and making informed decisions. read more »
Declaration Translation
Students work in partners to demonstrate the literal and figurative meanings of words in the Declaration of Independence. read more »
Responsibilities of a President
Students create a badge (like a scout badge) for each of the responsibilities belonging to the President. read more »
Foundations of Democracy Journal
This journal provides writing and drawing prompts and other activities for each of the Foundations of Democracy concepts. read more »
Foundations of Democracy Journal for Second Grade
This journal provides writing and drawing prompts, relevant vocabulary, and other activities for each of the Foundations of Democracy concepts. read more »
I am an American Immigrant
Students read about the immigrant experience from a child's point of view then write a poem. read more »
Digital Storytelling
Students will demonstrate what they have learned by using images to create a movie. Free basic software is provided. read more »
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Students will examine the United Nations' Declaration of Human Rights and find examples of rights being violated throughout the world. read more »
Take a Stand
Students gain experience in sharing, discussing, and defending their opinions. 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 »