Constitution Month LESSONS
Teachers, request a lesson commemorating Constitution Month delivered by a judge. The following lessons highlight the judicial branch of government, the role of the judiciary, and the origins and importance of the U.S. Constitution.
Constitution Month: No Animals Allowed
"No Animals Allowed" is the most requested lesson for elementary school classrooms. For Constitution Month, the lesson introduces very young learners to the concept of governance, the difference between a rule and a law, and introduces the foundation of the U.S. Constitution.
Links to PowerPoint Slides: K-3 | 4-8
Constitution Month: "We Are All Equal" Grades 6-12
Introduce students to the origins of the Constitution, the founding fathers who wrote it, and the three equal branches of government it established (with emphasis on the judicial branch). Key points: Manga Carta, Revolutionary War, Federalism, Articles 1-3, Bill of Rights, Founding Fathers, Judicial Review. An optional 10-minute activity is included.
"The First Amendment" Grades 6-12
Freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and the right to petition the Government for a redress of grievances are center-stage for this lesson on the Constitution and the First Amendment. This lesson takes students through milestone cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court, including a few important cases argued recently. Source: Judges in the Classroom