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The Constitutional Dictionary
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This document is a glossary of words, phrases, and concepts used in the United States Constitution. Note that some words are defined only as they apply to the Constitution itself. The page does have advertisements as well, so it is best used as a teacher resource.

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History
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
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The U.S. Constitution On-Line
Date Added:
01/03/2023
The Constitution for Kids: The Constitution for Kids: 4th through 7th Grade
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This webpage explains the basics of the U.S. Constitution at an upper elementary and middle school level. It includes the following sections: Basics, History, Amendments, Slavery, Women, Bill of Rights, How it all Works. The page does have advertisements as well, so it is best used as a teacher resource.

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History
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
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The U.S. Constitution On-Line
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The Constitution for Kids
Date Added:
01/03/2023
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 Science
Social Studies
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Activity/Lab
Simulation
Provider:
Colonial Williamsburg
Date Added:
09/13/2022
The Delegates Who Didn't Sign the U.S. Constitution
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In all, 70 delegates were appointed to the Constitutional Convention, but out of that 70 only 55 attended, and only 39 actually signed. Some simply refused, others got sick, still others left early.

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History
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
ConstitutionFacts.com
Date Added:
01/03/2023
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.

Subject:
History
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
Date Added:
08/11/2022
Every Four Years: Qualifications for the Office of President and Electing the President
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Students will examine aspects of Article II of the Constitution for specific information related to the requirements for and method of electing the president.

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History
Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Date Added:
05/10/2024
The Executive Branch
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In this one-minute video, students learn about the executive branch of the United States government. A host explains the qualifications and expressed powers of the presidency, and students consider what informal powers the president has.

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Social Science
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Nearpod
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Nearpod
Date Added:
11/02/2023
The First Amendment
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Why do we have the First Amendment, and what freedoms does it guarantee? In this one-minute video, students learn about the five freedoms outlined in the amendment. A host explains each of them and identifies some of their limitations.

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Social Science
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Nearpod
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Nearpod
Date Added:
11/02/2023
George Washington's Farewell Address 1796
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One of the most significant documents in Constitutional History, George Washington's Farewell Address, is a letter written by the first American President, George Washington, with the help of Alexander Hamilton, to "The People of the United States." Washington wrote the letter near the end of his second term as President.

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History
Social Science
Social Studies
Material Type:
Reading
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ConstitutionFacts.com
Date Added:
01/03/2023
Guidance on Government: Federal Edition (Lesson Plan)
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A Short Activity for Fifth Grade
Question: How does the U.S. Constitution organize the government?
Note: The "Guidance on Government: Federal Edition" Powerpoint, also available in eMedia, was created to accompany this lesson plan.

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Social Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Primary Source
Provider:
University of Central Florida
Date Added:
11/09/2023
Guidance on Government: Federal Edition (PowerPoint)
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A Short Activity for Fifth Grade
Question: How does the U.S. Constitution organize the government?
Note: The "Guidance on Government: Federal Edition" lesson plan, also available in eMedia, was created to accompany this PowerPoint.

Subject:
Social Science
Material Type:
Primary Source
Provider:
University of Central Florida
Date Added:
11/09/2023