Celebrate Bill of Rights Day on December 15!
What is the Role of Government?
The Framers of the United States Constitution knew that the new government they crafted must be more powerful and effective than the government under the Articles of Confederation. They studied history and human nature to create a government strong enough to promote the public good, but not so strong that it would become a threat to individual liberties. Help your students understand the foundation of our Bill of Rights with this lesson plan and activities from our online digital textbook geared to engage your students with history in a totally new way.
Are They Watching You?
Several rights in the Bill of Rights are designed to protect your expectation of privacy. The Fourth Amendment specifically protects your right to be free from unreasonable searches. But what makes a search “unreasonable”? Does it matter who is doing the searching? Play this interactive game and see if you can find all the ways someone is watching you. Is this example a “search” thats violates your Fourth Amendment rights? Challenge yourself to get the fastest time and the fewest clicks! Play now!
Constitutional Principles Videos
Explore a series of 7-minutes videos that are perfect for use on Bill of Rights Day, and every day! Each of the four videos includes a short viewing guide to help guide your students through the content. Explore the topics of Rule of Law, Representative Government, Consent of the Governed, and Separation of Powers. Exciting visuals from current events, an engaging historical narrative, brief scholar interviews, familiar music, and memorable quotes will make these principles come alive for your students!
Constitution Duel Quiz Game
As you take this Constitution Duel you will be asked to answer 15 multiple choice questions to defend your constitutional honor. All questions will come from 4 categories; the Constitution, primary source documents, landmark Supreme Court cases, and historic people. Take the quiz as an individual, or as a team – get your whole class involved and challenge another classroom to a Constitution knowledge duel!
Have fun – and remember to take the quiz more than once, each quiz has different questions!
Fight for Your Rights! SMARTboard Resource
Informative and fun social studies game for teaching the Constitution and the Bill of Rights designed for your SMARTboard. Use with large or small groups, as a warm-up or refresher, on our government, rights, and liberties. Your students are sure to love this resource. Download now so you don’t have to have an internet connection in your classroom!
Life Without the Bill of Rights?
Celebrate Bill of Rights Day with a fun, interactive game – Life Without the Bill of Rights? is a click-and-explore activity that asks you to consider how life would change without some of our most cherished freedoms. Life Without the Bill of Rights invites you to understand the significance of constitutionally-protected rights including freedom of religion, speech, and press, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, and the rights of private property. To guide students through the activity, use our free graphic organizer.
Middle and High School Bill of Rights Lessons
Make sure you have the resources you need to explore the Bill of Rights with your class for Bill of Rights Day! We have complete classroom lessons for both middle school and high school classes that are sure to engage your students! Each lesson includes a warm-up activity, a full lesson, a wrap-up activity, and homework.
Rank Your Rights
Working through this handout helps your students think about which rights they value most and which amendment protects that right.