Constitution Day - September 17

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  1. wig

    wig Devotee

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    I put together a wiki with activities and lessons for Constitution Day. Please feel free to add to it.
     
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    Wonderful idea!! :rolleyes:
     
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    Wow - thank you! We are required to teach a lesson and this will be helpful :)
     
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    www.edhelper.com has one as well. I use their Constitution Play - the kids love it - we practice the play, then perform it for the 3rd and 5th grade classes, closing with Schoolhouse Rock's preamble song.
     
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    Please, please, please -- for any teachers who don't really understand the Bill of Rights, teach it really lightly and don't get overly creative.

    I have a JD, and was mortified by the "Classroom Bill of Rights" my oldest (first grade) son brought home last year. It completely missed the point of what the Bill of Rights actually is, and focused instead on rules to enforce classroom discipline. Please do not do this. If any teachers feel compelled to assert their authority, please do it under more general purpose of law discussions, not exercises on the BOR.

    That said, wig, your wiki looks really good. I like a lot of the exercises. I don't really think students need quite so many games and activities to appreciate the Constitution (I think the subject matter's interesting on its own), but I may be over-optimistic about student interest. ;)
     
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    That is a very interesting comment, 3Sons. I agree that it shouldn't be used to enforce discipline. It deserves study on its own. I don't think they really 'get it' until about 5th grade when they study American history.
     
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    Well, no one can use everything there is on the wiki. I just gathered what I could find. Games would not be my choice to TEACH the Constitution, but they are links I would put on my page for the students to play on their own.
     

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