Lessons

ForTeachers_No Animals Allowed.pptx

"No Animals Allowed" Grades: 3-5

Translation: Spanish, Mandarin

Early learners receive an introduction to the 3 branches of government. Through a set of scenarios, the class stretch their developing critical thinking skills to decide the difference between a rule and a law.

No Animals Allowed is the most requested lesson in the Judges in the Classroom collection!


Lesson Plan

TeacherCopy_2021_No_Vehicles_Allowed.pptx

"No Vehicles Allowed" Grades: 6-8

Translation: Spanish, Mandarin

Objectives:

  • Identify the purpose and function of law.

  • Discover the intent of lawmakers.

  • Analyze practical applications of a law.

  • Appreciate that laws may be subject to different interpretations.

Lesson Plan

Salem Witch Trials Grades: 5-8

Translation: Spanish

Students across the state have dressed like those who stood accused of being witches in Salem, Massachusetts. By role playing through a provided script, students learn about the importance of a jury, the the 3 branches of government, and the Bill of Rights plus reading scripts for students to reenact trials.

  • Students will compare and contrast this historic court case with and without the Bill of Rights.

  • Focus on Amendments 6 and 7.

Source: developed by San Diego County Superior Court Judge Joan Weber’s Salem Witch Trial Mock Trial program, adapted for remote delivery.

Preparation materials are available for the teacher to use in the classroom before the visit. On the day of the visit, the lesson will include the opportunity for students to reenact the trial with assigned "actors" reading from a provided script.
The visiting judge will engage students in a discussion to challenge their critical thinking skills as they learn about provisions of the U.S. Constitution.

Riley vs. California Grades 9-12 (adaptable for lower grades)

"The Cellphone Case" is one students can relate to. The visiting judge will take students from its origins in San Diego, where it started with a traffic stop, and ended at the U.S. Supreme Court. Students will learn how it was argued that the warrantless search and seizure of digital contents of a cell phone during an arrest was (and is) unconstitutional.

Available in Spanish

SLIDES: CLA 19th Amendment Presentation

Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment Grades 5-12

This lesson walks students through a 100-year timeline that was the Suffragette Movement with a colorful presentation (See end of document for speaker notes). An Ice Breaker exercise is included to challenge student's understanding of the law. This lesson may be tailored to fit flexible timeframes.

Source: California Lawyer's Association