"No Animals Allowed" Grades: 3-5 Translation: Spanish, Mandarin
This is a lesson for early learners who may not yet be familiar with the Constitution. This lesson is popular with elementary school classrooms. On this visit, the judge provides a lesson on the 3 branches of government and through a set of scenarios introduces students to the differences between a rule and a law.
Lesson Plan
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"No Vehicles Allowed" Grades: 6-8 Translation: Spanish, Mandarin
  • 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 | Presentation

Salem Witch Trials Grades: 5-8 Translation: Spanish

A lesson on 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. Students will apply and analyze the Bill of Rights, with a 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.
Lesson Plan (includes scripts)
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 5-12 Translation: Spanish

"The Cellphone Case" is one students really relate to. The visiting judge will take students from its origins in California to the U.S. Supreme Court where it unanimously held that the warrantless search and seizure of digital contents of a cell phone during an arrest is unconstitutional.

Lesson Plan | Presentation

SLIDES: CLA 19th Amendment Presentation

Centennial Celebration of the 19th Amendment Grade: 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