5th Grade Constitution Resources

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9/11 and Civil Liberties
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This lesson explores the challenges the United States faced as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and examines the governmentâ"s response through the lens of protection and civil liberties. Students will consider the balance between security and liberty in the United States.

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Social Studies
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Center for Civic Education
Date Added:
09/12/2022
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Bill of Rights
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Students will investigate one of the amendments to the Constitution to find out how it was important for the time, how it protects citizens and how it applies to our current needs.Enduring Understanding:The U.S. Constitution reflects our national beliefs about people, rights, and government.

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Social Studies
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Utah Lesson Plans
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01/14/2022
CW Conversation: Building the Nation
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Join our panelists Thomas Duckenfield, Trustee for the Nomini Hall Slave Legacy Project, Dr. Andrew Levy, Author of The First Emancipator: The Forgotten Story of Robert Carter, the Founding Father Who Freed His Slaves, and Gerry Underdown, Actor Interpreter with Colonial Williamsburg, as they discuss those that physically built the nation, those that built the nation with enlightened ideas, and their combined lasting legacy.
This is part of our national conversation series, US: Past, Present, Future. Learn more at colonialwilliamsburg.org/us.

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Social Studies
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Colonial Williamsburg
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09/13/2022
Checks and Balances
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The Founders designed a system of checks and balances into our Constitution so we'd avoid abuses of power that had been experienced under British rule. Join James Madison and John Marshall for a discussion along with 21st century politicians to learn if that system still functions as intended.

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Social Studies
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Colonial Williamsburg
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09/13/2022
Declaration of Independence
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Since 2005, the "Past and Present" podcast from Colonial Williamsburg has taken you behind the scenes to meet interpreters, chefs, tradesmen, musicians, historians, curators, and more. We offer two versions of our podcast: one that's audio-only and one that includes a slideshow. In this episode: Hear the Declaration of Independence read in its entirety by renowned Thomas Jefferson interpreter Bill Barker.

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Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
Simulation
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Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
Discover the U.S. Capitol  -  Student Activity Guide
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With engaging activities related to locations in the Capitol as well as American history in general, Discover the U.S. Capitol is intended for upper-level elementary-school-aged students who can use it before or after they visit the Capitol.

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History
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Activity/Lab
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U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Date Added:
08/11/2022
History Moments: Why Did We Need a Bill of Rights?
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Thomas Jefferson explains the importance of the Bill of Rights.
Colonial Williamsburg's Center for Teaching, Learning, and Leadership provides American history and civics materials nationwide. For more great videos, lesson plans, interactive games and more, create a free account on the Colonial Williamsburg Education Resource Library: resourcelibrary.history.org.

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Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
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Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
LIVE! from History: An Evening with the Presidents
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Can’t make it in-person? Join our special livestream of the Sunday presentation of "An Evening with the Presidents.” Join Washington, Jefferson, and Madison this President’s Day weekend for a special LIVE! from History online evening event. The Presidents will explore how their administrations navigated party, faction, and the extensive differences that challenged America during their times. Recognizing that throughout our history, the United States has been a nation divided politically with different opinions and points of view. This was as much the case in our infancy as it is today. Hosted by Barbara Hamm Lee.

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Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
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Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
LIVE from History: George Mason
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Join George Mason, author of the first draft of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, on May 27, 1776. Hear about its creation, his opinion on the necessity of a bill of a rights, and the debate that ensued.

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Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
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Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
LIVE from History: James Lafayette
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After spying for the Marquis de Lafayette, James was not given his freedom and continued to fight for years after to gain it. He fought for even longer to ensure the freedom of his family. Looking back on his life, James Lafayette talks on the challenges he faced being a newly freed Black man in a lawfully unequal society.

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Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
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Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
LIVE from History: Myrtilla
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Meet Myrtilla, an enslaved mother and houseservant owned by Thomas Everard. She has lived in Williamsburg all her life and seen many changes take place throughout the city, including whispers of revolution. Come hear her perspective on the what has happened and what the Declaration of Independence means for herself, her children, and others in her condition.

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Social Studies
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022