What Basic Ideas Are in the Preamble to the Constitution?

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Introduce young historians to the US Constitution with this upper-elementary social studies lesson. Beginning with a general discussion about the role of government in society, young scholars go on to work in small groups identifying and illustrating the five purposes of the US Constitution as described in the Preamble.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include this lesson as an introduction to a social studies unit on the US Constitution
  • Create a student packet for the lesson using the included worksheets 
  • Have students discuss the purpose of government in small groups before sharing out their ideas during a whole-class discussion
  • Use the pictures students draw to create a US Constitution bulletin board
Classroom Considerations

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  • A series of questions are provided for guiding discussions about the Preamble
  • Lesson includes all supporting materials
  • Supplemental activities are included that extend learning about the US Constitution

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