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ACTIVITIES

"I HAVE A DREAM" MOBILES


Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream"
speech with a mobile that inspires you to think about your own
dreams.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: History, Being an Active Citizen

AMENDMENT COOTIE CATCHERS


This clever twist on the classic cootie catcher tests your knowledge of
the first 10 amendments.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: Civics, Government, Bill of Rights, Free to Be You

AMERICAN FLAG PINWHEELS


Show your patriotic pride with this festive stars-and-stripes-covered
pinwheel.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: Civics, Fourth of July

ART OF THE AMERICAN SOLDIER


FAMILY GUIDE
This guide highlights works of art that tell the story of the American
soldier through the eyes of combat artists.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
STANDARDS:
FOR: Families
TAGS: History

ART OF THE AMERICAN SOLDIER


STUDENT GUIDE
This guide highlights works of art that tell the story of the American
soldier through the eyes of combat artists.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: History

BEN FRANKLIN KITES


Celebrate one of America's most famous Founding Fathers with a
craft inspired by his kite experiment.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Families
TAGS: History

BILL OF RIGHTS BINGO


Get more familiar with the Bill of Rights with this simple bingo game.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: Civics, Government, Bill of Rights, Free to Be You

BROWN V. BOARD OF EDUCATION


WORD PUZZLE
Learn about a landmark Supreme Court ruling with this word puzzle.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: History, Breaking Barriers

CHERRY TREE SUN CATCHERS


Make a dazzling sun catcher inspired by the fabled story of George
Washington and the cherry tree.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: History, Fourth of July

CIPHER WHEEL
Use this cipher wheel to create your own secret code!
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Families
TAGS: History

CONSTITUTION WORD PUZZLE


Learn about basic terms from the Constitution with this word puzzle.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: Civics, Government

DESIGN YOUR OWN DOLLAR BILL


This activity is perfect for commemorating Tax Day.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: Government
DESIGN YOUR OWN FLAG
As you learn about the symbolism and importance of our America's
flag, you can design your own flag.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: Civics, Fourth of July

EARTH DAY BINGO


Get inspired about going green with this bingo game.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: Civics

EARTH DAY COOTIE CATCHERS


This clever twist on the classic cootie catcher offers ideas for being an
eco-friendly, active citizen.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: Civics

ELECTION 2012 STUDENT GUIDE


Follow this guide and see how your voice can be heard.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: Civics, History, Current Events, Government, Destination White House: Presidential
Elections

FALA PINS
Decorate your own Fala pin and wear it proudly to show your support
for the country!
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: History

FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY STUDENT


GUIDE
This guide examines the stories of seven individuals who fought for
freedom by pursuing their dreams and standing up for their rights.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: History

FOUNDING FATHERS WORD PUZZLE


Learn about the signers of the U.S. Constitution with this word puzzle.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: History

FREDERICK DOUGLASS MINI-POSTER


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JAMES MADISON MINI-POSTER


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FOR: Educators
TAGS: Civics, History, Government, Bill of Rights
LADY LIBERTY HATS
Celebrate freedom by fashioning your own Lady Liberty hat.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: History, Fourth of July

LIBERTY BELL SUN CATCHERS


Make a dazzling sun catcher to commemorate the Liberty Bell and the
constitutional ideals it symbolizes.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: History, Fourth of July

LINCOLN HATS
Emulate our 16th president with your own version of his signature top
hat.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: History

MODEL WHITE HOUSE


Make a mini model of the home of the nation's president.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: Government, Destination White House: Presidential Elections

PATRIOTIC WREATHS
Decorate and customize a wreath for Independence Day, Flag Day,
Memorial Day, or Veterans Day.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: Civics, Fourth of July

PREAMBLE SCRAMBLE
Have fun getting to know the phrases of the Preamble while you
unscramble the puzzle.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: Civics, Government, Bill of Rights, Free to Be You

PRESIDENT MASKS
Discover your alter ego as President Abraham Lincoln or George
Washington as you decorate your own presidential mask.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: History

PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN TEAM


Your team is about to set off on a historic journey: running a
presidential campaign!
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Civics, Government, Destination White House: Presidential Elections

RATIFYING STATES WORD PUZZLE


Learn about the states that ratified the Constitution with this word
puzzle.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: Civics, Government

ROMAN CHARIOTS
Do as the Romans did with these miniature gladiator-style chariots!
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Families
TAGS: History

SPIES, TRAITORS & SABOTEURS


STUDENT GUIDE
This "training manual" for the Constitutional Intelligence Agency will
equip you with the skills to become one of our top agents.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: History

SPRINGSTEEN AND FREEDOM OF


EXPRESSION CRAFTS
Celebrate freedom of expression by designing your own album cover
and making a guitar pin!
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Families
TAGS: Civics
SPRINGSTEEN AND FREEDOM OF
EXPRESSION STUDENT GUIDE
Explore how Bruce Springsteen uses music to voice his beliefs and
express his opinions.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Civics

TAX DAY COOTIE CATCHER


In honor of Tax Day, this cootie catcher offers helpful tips on
managing your personal finances.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: Government

THANK-A-VET POSTCARDS
Honor veterans for supporting and defending the Constitution and
protecting our freedom by thanking them with a special postcard.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: Civics

THE CONSTITUTION HAPPENED HERE


This interactive resource celebrates constitutional and local history in
Philadelphia and beyond through student-generated multimedia
content.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: History

TOWN HALL WALL: "UNDER GOD"


UNDER DEBATE
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the phrase "under God" be removed
from the Pledge of Allegiance?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: A HELPING HAND?


This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the federal government expand its
control over the economy to restore economic health?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: A MATTER OF


MATRIMONY
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should same-sex couples have the right to
marry?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: AN ALIEN NOTION


This Town Hall Wall asks: Should non-citizens have the right to vote in
local elections?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: AN EVOLVING


DEBATE
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should "intelligent design" be taught in
science classrooms alongside the theory of evolution?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: AN INDECENT


PROPOSAL
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should Congress stiffen the penalties for
television and radio broadcasters who violate FCC indecency
standards?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: ARMED CONFLICT


This Town Hall Wall asks: Do America's cities have the right to ban
handguns?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: BIRTH OF A NEW


PRECEDENT?
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should we amend the Constitution to let
foreign-born U.S. citizens become president?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: CAPITAL CRIMES


This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the death penalty be abolished as
cruel and unusual punishment?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: CAPITAL GAINS


This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the District of Columbia be given a
vote in the House of Representatives?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: COLLEGE EXAM


This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the Electoral College be abolished
in favor of a popular vote for president?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: COMING TO


AMERICA
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should illegal immigrants be allowed to
become citizens?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: DEFICIT DILEMMA


This Town Hall Wall asks: Will additional government spending hurt or
help the economy?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: DEFINITION OF


MARRIAGE
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the Constitution be amended to
prohibit same-sex marriage?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: ELECTORAL


MANDATE
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should American citizens be required to
vote?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events
TOWN HALL WALL: EQUAL
MEASURES
This Town Hall Wall asks: Is the U.S. Constitution colorblind?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: PICTURE PERFECT


This Town Hall Wall asks: Should states require voters to show photo
identification to vote?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: PRIMARY


CHOICES
This Town Hall Wall asks: Should states move up their 2008
presidential primaries to shorten the primary election season?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: RELIGIOUS TEST


This Town Hall Wall asks: Should American Muslims be allowed to
build a mosque and community center near the site of Ground Zero?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events
TOWN HALL WALL: SCHOOL COLORS
This Town Hall Wall asks: Is racial balancing in public schools
constitutional?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: SPY STORY


This Town Hall Wall asks: Does the president have the authority to
order domestic surveillance without a court-issued warrant in times of
war?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: THE CHOICE IS


YOURS
This Town Hall Wall asks: Tell us which party you'd like to control
Congress after November's midterm elections.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

TOWN HALL WALL: WAR OF WORDS


This Town Hall Wall asks: Should the president or Congress have the
final say about the war in Iraq?
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Current Events

UNCLE SAM HATS


Celebrate freedom by making your own Uncle Sam hat.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students, Families
TAGS: Government, Fourth of July

VOTING RIGHTS WORD PUZZLE


Learn about the history of voting rights with this word puzzle.
GRADE: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
STANDARDS:
FOR: Educators, Students
TAGS: Government, Destination White House: Presidential Elections

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH MINI


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WE THE CIVICS KIDS LESSON
3: THE BILL OF RIGHTS
Lesson three continues to develop the students’ 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 the students to apply the principles
in the Bill of Rights to present day situations.

RESOURCE DOWNLOADS
 Lesson 3 - The Bill of Rights [PDF]

 Worksheet - The Bill of Rights Cards Page 1 [PDF]

 Worksheet - The Bills of Rights Cards Page 2 [PDF]

 Worksheet - Writing a Petition [PDF]

 Teacher Materials - Lesson Plan [PDF]

 Teacher Materials - Literacy Link Bookmark [PDF]

 Teacher Materials - Teacher to Teacher Lesson [PDF]

 Teacher Materials - Bulletin Board - Student Voices [PDF]

Grade: 4, 3, 2, 1
Standards:
For: Educators, Families
Tags: Civics, Government
WE THE CIVICS KIDS LESSON
2: THE CONSTITUTION
Lesson two examines 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.

RESOURCE DOWNLOADS
 Lesson 2: The Constitution [PDF]

 The Three Branches of Government [PDF]

 The Three Branches of Government [PPT]

 Worksheet - Branches of Government Flip Book 1 [PDF]

 Worksheet - Branches of Government Flip Book 2 [PDF]

 No Animals in the Library Activity Sheet [PDF]

 Teacher Materials - Bookmark [PDF]

 Teacher Materials - Lesson Plan [PDF]

 Teacher Materials - Bulletin Board - Student Voices [PDF]

 Teacher Materials - Teacher to Teacher Lesson [PDF]

Grade: 4, 3, 2, 1
Standards:
For: Educators, Families
Tags: Civics, Government
We The Civics Kids
View Resource
This series of lessons teaches students about the election process and encourages
them to be active citizens in the community.
http://constitutioncenter.org/learn/educational-resources/lesson-plans/we-the-civics-kids

Resource provided by National Constitution Center

Standards
Common Core

Grade
3, 4, 5

Subject
Voting, Elections, Politics

Resource Types
Lesson Plans

Teaching Strategy
Analysis, Case Study, Small Group Discussion

Civic Days
Election Day

Keywords
campaigning, candidates, citizen, citizenship, community, elections, office, politics, presi
dent, vote, voters, voting