Posts Tagged ‘Bill of Rights’

Celebrate the U.S. Constitution

November 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Thursday, September 17, 2015, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Constitution Center

(constitutioncenter.org/learn/educational-resources)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

On September 17, 1787, the course of history was changed when thirty-nine brave delegates at the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution. This website not only provides information about the Constitution but also lesson plans, educational videos, games and activities to supplement your studies.

When arriving at the link, browse around the page for various links to educational resources or click the “Resources” link in the upper menu at the top of the page to select from: 

  • New Interactive Constitution – Students in grades 8-12 will discover what constitutional experts have to say about articles and amendments of the Constitution.
  • Videos – Videos from past Constitution Days explain: 
    • The Bill of Rights
    • The Legislative Branch
    • The Presidency
    • Freedom of Expression
    • The Judicial Branch
  • Preamble Kit – downloadable classroom kit with lesson plan and more to explore the importance of the Preamble for elementary and middle school students
  • Lesson Plans – include: 
    • Preamble Challenge Lesson Plan
    • To Sign or Not to Sign lesson
    • Bill of Rights Lesson
    • Founders Library-Think Like a Founder
    • Separation of Powers
  • Activities and Resources – fun ways to spark your children’s interest in the Preamble

When you are finished with the featured sections, use the sidebar menu to find even more links to lessons, games, and resources for your Constitutional studies. If you are looking for even more inspiration, select the red, white, and blue “National Constitution Center” button in the upper tool bar to visit the home page of the National Constitution Center, then hover over the “Learn” text link where you find links to additional lessons, activities, games, and much more.

This site is bookmark worthy as a go-to resource for civics, citizenship, and constitutional studies.

Learn Civics with Fun and Games

August 7th, 2014

 

It’s Thursday, August 7, 2014, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

iCivics

 

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

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.

From the home page, select the large green “Teach” image, then select “Games” on the next page. Some of the featured games “Topics” include:

  • The Constitution – Run your own firm of lawyers who specialize in constitutional law or the Bill of Rights.
  • 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.
  • The Executive Branch – Find out what it’s like to be a U.S. President over a 4-year term of office.
  • The Judicial Branch – Play “Court Quest” and guide people through the court system.
  • Citizenship & Participation – Play games that teach about immigration, citizenship, voting and more.

In addition to the multi-media games and web quests, 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.

Free CD of K-12 History Lessons & More!

August 8th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Thursday, August 8, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

AmericanHeritage.org

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12) 

This website, sponsored by the non-profit, non-partisan American Heritage Education Foundation, provides FREE K-12 lesson plans to teachers, students, and families in all 50 states.

As explained at the website, AHEF is “dedicated to the understanding and teaching of America’s factual and philosophical heritage to promote constructive citizenship and Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility among our students and citizens…AHEF is inclusive of individuals of every race and creed and every religious or non-religious persuasion.”

When you get to the website, you’ll see some explanatory text with hyperlinks to the lessons for elementary, middle school, and high school.  Simply click on the link for the grade level of interest and a new page opens to a menu of lessons with activities that include:

FOR ELEMENTARY GRADES:

  • Colonial America
  • Declaration of Independence
  • U.S. Presidents
  • The Great Seal, Motto, Flag, etc.
  • The History of Thanksgiving Day ~ and more!

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL:

  • Colonial America: American Revolution
  • U.S. Constitution
  • Bill of Rights
  • Gettysburg Address
  • What is an American? ~ and more!

FOR HIGH SCHOOL:

  • The Mayflower Compact
  • Federalist Paper Number 47
  • The First Amendment
  • Entrepreneurs in History
  • American’s Creed ~ and more!

Each lesson is available in English and Spanish. You can access it online through a downloadable pdf file. You can print the lessons out and use them offline as well.

You can also order a CD of these lessons absolutely FREE! Instructions are at the website here: http://www.americanheritage.org/contact_us.html

Note: A binder of the lessons for each grade level is also available for a fee of $19.50.

These free AHEF lessons and activities can be enjoyed regardless of homeschool methodology.

 

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.

 

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