Posts Tagged ‘Bill of Rights’

Free Lessons on the Bill of Rights!

April 25th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, April 25, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Bill of Rights Institute

Age Range: 10-18 (Middle School and High School, with parental supervision)

This website delivers free lessons to help boost students’ knowledge of their constitutional rights and America’s founding principles. The lessons are delivered to your inbox in a free e-newsletter called, The Constitution Courier. Each lesson includes historical content, connections to real life, classroom activities, downloadable PDFs, discussion questions, and suggestions for further reading.

When you get to the site you’ll see a description of the free lessons available and information on how to sign up to get them (simply enter your email address). The lessons cover a wide range of topics including:

*Being an American – Get lessons on The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the U.S. Bill of Rights.

*Current Events and the Constitution – Get a framework for discussing current events in context with history. Each month, students analyze how the Constitution applies to a specific issue or event on the local, state, or national level.

*Bill of Rights In The News – Focuses on issues making headlines that directly relate to the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. It provides current online news articles, discussion questions, and related links and resources.

*Landmark Supreme Court Cases And The Constitution – Spotlights prominent United States Supreme Court Cases past and present and highlights key constitutional issues and controversies. 

*The Constitution and Religious Freedom – Explores the history and importance of religious liberty in the United States from the colonies to today. Focuses on historic individuals, landmark Supreme Court cases, student rights, and current issues related to this First Amendment protection.

*Election Resources – Learn about issues discussed during elections, with a focus on the First Amendment freedoms of speech and press.

*Presidents and the Constitution – Find out about the roles of the President including  Commander in Chief and Chief Executive Officer, and how the President responds to the office as it pertains to the Constitution.

When you are through signing up to get these terrific resources, explore the rest of the site. You’ll find free lessons from past newsletters in the archives that are designed to educate young people about the words and ideas of America’s Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.

This is a great way to implement the advice issued by President John Adams in 1789: “Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.”

 

Free U.S. Constitution Lessons & Activities

September 20th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, September 20, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

ConstitutionOnline.com

Age Range: 11 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

I received an announcement from the Heritage Foundation (a non-profit, conservative research organization) about a new tool for homeschoolers – a free online guide to the constitution complete with a “Teacher’s Companion.”  The guide is designed to be user-friendly, comprehensive, searchable, and contains free lesson plans for students.  It provides a clause-by-clause examination of the Constitution and explains each clause’s interpretation over the years. It includes exercises and quizzes to facilitate understanding of the Constitution’s main concepts.

When you get to the site, you can jump right in, or explore the menu to learn more about this tool. If you prefer to follow an organized guide, click on “Teacher’s Companion” on the menu to explore:  

  • The Legislature
  • The Executive Branch
  • The Judicial Branch, Courts, and Judges
  • The Constitution, Federalism, and the States
  • Amendments and the Bill of Rights
  • Slavery and the Constitution

This resource is completely free and doesn’t require any sort of sign up.

 

Bill of Rights Games!

May 17th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, May 17, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Bill of Rights Institute: Games

Age Range:  11 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

This website provides free, interactive games to boost students’ knowledge of their constitutional rights and America’s founding principles. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of three games that includes:

*Life Without the Bill of Rights – Click on images in an illustration to find out how life would change without the First, Third, and Fourth Amendments.

*Madison’s Notes are Missing – Travel back in time to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and ask the Founders for their thoughts on the Executive Branch of government, how members of Congress should be elected, the basis for taxation and representation, slavery, and find out why some refused to sign the Constitution.  Listen to audio dramatizations as they explain their positions.

*Constitution Duel Quiz – Find out how much you know about the Constitution, Bill of Rights, landmark Supreme Court Cases, and historic Americans!  (Tip: Explore the resources at this site before you take the quiz!)

When you are through playing the games, explore the rest of the site. You’ll find free e- lessons to help educate young people about the words and ideas of America’s Founders, the liberties guaranteed in the Founding documents, and how those principles continue to affect and shape a free society.

 

Learn Civics Lessons in Freeville

February 17th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, February 17, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Bill of Rights Game

Age Range: 10 and up (approximately)

The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia provides this fun, free game that helps students learn about the Bill of Rights. The premise is that the “National Computer” has crashed and deleted parts of the Bill of Rights! Your mission is to navigate through a map of a community called Freeville and identify the rights being used there to restore the document to its original content.

When you get to the site you will see a message that the computer has crashed. Click “Start” and the game map opens. Click on the landmarks to see a picture that depicts one of the 8 missing rights. Then, answer a multiple choice question to identify the missing right and help restore the document.

A correct answer adds the text back into the Bill of Rights that you’ll see displayed on the right hand side of the screen. 

If this game sparks interest in the U.S. Constitution, don’t miss exploring the “Interactive Constitution” housed at the National Constitution Center Museum to learn more.

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

Fun Games & WebQuests Teach Civics! (CSAW)

January 27th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, January 27, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
iCivics

Age Range: 9 -18 (about Grades 4-12, younger students may enjoy aspects with parental assistance)

Bookmark this site now! It’s a fun, interactive gateway into the realm of Civics! The brainchild of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, this free education project teaches students about civics through engaging computer games in which the student “wins” by mastering knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and essential foundational principles of the nation.

When you get to the site you will see some featured games at the top of the page, and a menu of game “Topics” that include: 

*Citizenship and Participation – Play games that teach about immigration, citizenship, voting and more.

*Separation of Powers – Control all 3 branches of government to understand the parts of government and how they work.

*The Constitution and the Bill of Rights – Run your own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law. Try out your persuasive skills by arguing a real Supreme Court case. Take a WebQuest to learn about how our Constitution was created and how it affects YOU.

*The Judicial Branch – Play “Court Quest” and guide people through the court system.

*The Executive Branch – Find out what it’s like to be a U.S. President over a 4-year term of office.

*The Legislative Branch – Become a virtual legislator and try to meet the needs of your constituents.  Play “Law Craft” and find out what members of Congress must do to prepare, write, pass, and enact laws.

In addition to the multi-media games and webquests, you’ll find lesson plans and handouts for teachers and parents that go with the games to enhance learning.

This site wins a ClickSchooling Award for excellence in combining education and technology on the Internet.

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

Congress for Kids 8-18

December 16th, 2010

 

Hi!  It’s Thursday, December 16th, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
CongressForKids.com

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 4-12)

This website claims, “Learning about the federal government doesn’t have to be boring. Congress for Kids gives you access to interactive, fun-filled experiences designed to help you learn about the foundation of our federal government and how its actions affect you.”

I totally agree. You’ll find terrific content written in engaging text accompanied by colorful illustrations, along with informative sidebars, facts, trivia, and suggested activities to further learning.

When you get to the website, use the menu to explore your options that include:

*Quizzes – Find out what you do or don’t know about the U.S. government.

*Independence – Learn about democracy, autocracy, the original 13 colonies, the Declaration of Independence, and the Articles of Confederation.

*Constitution – Take a trip back in time to discover how the Constitution was written, who signed it, and find out about the “Great Compromise.” Learn about the Bill of Rights, and Amendments to the Constitution.

*Legislative Branch – Explore the House of Representatives and the Senate and learn how laws are made and enacted.

*Executive Branch – Learn about the president’s job, the presidential cabinet, the president and Congress, impeachment, and even how the president has fun.

*Judicial Branch – Get help demystifying the role of the Supreme Court in government, and learn how the Justices are selected.
 
*Elections – Find out about the election process, voting, political parties, candidates, conventions, campaigning, the Electoral College, and more.

*Citizenship – Consider the actions and attitudes that constitute good citizenship.

When you’re done exploring these sections, try taking the quizzes again and see how much you retained.

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