Lesson Plan

Comprehending the Consitution

Help your students access and understand the Consitution!
Erin W.
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My Grades Pre-K, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

1- Explain why the Constitutional Convention was convened and why the Constitution was written.

2-Describe the rights found in the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Amendments to the United States Constitution.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 4 – 6
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1 Hook

Using ReadWriteThink's online KWL chart, ask students what they already know about the purpose and content of the United States Constitution.  You can project this KWL chart to do 1 as a whole class, or you can students do them individually on ReadWriteThink's free website.  Here's the link to the KWL tool: http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/kwl_creator/

2 Direct Instruction

Have students watch short but informative videos on the US constitution.  These videos will complement information in your textbook about the US constitution.  There are a number of videos on this PBS site, I think these two are the most helpful introductory videos:




3 Guided Practice

Great, engaging games on this website to make the constitution more interesting to students:


4 Independent Practice

After researching more constitution facts on the congressforkids website, have students return to their KWL chart and update what they have learned.  Alternatively, students could create a timeline of how the constitution was created using readwritethink's timeline tool:  http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/timeline_2/