Our Constitutional Connection

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
3
4
5
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Democracy
Focus Question 

 What is a citizen's responsibility to participate in civil society? 

 

Photo Credit:  We the People by Stefan Ogrisek is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

Students view the language of citizenship and philanthropy in the Constitution. They define philanthropy and identify philanthropic activities within the home, school, community, state, and nation, including voting. They become familiar with the roles and services provided by federal, state, and local governments and discuss the importance of electing officials who are trustworthy and committed to the common good. 

Service Experience 
Students will create colorful posters that will encourage citizens in their community to “get out” and vote. They will then distribute them in key locations where they will be visible reminders to voters.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Our Constitutional Connection
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

Literature and art will be used to describe how the Constitutional Convention resulted in the writing of a new Constitution for the United States. Students will use Articles I, II and III to describe how the federal government is constructed and the work of the three branches of government. Once students understand the three branches of government, they will investigate the three levels: national, state and local. Students will then use the Internet to research their state officials and will design a brochure or newsletter about a state official representing their district. Students will understand how government officials give of their time and talent for the common good and will discuss the importance of electing trustworthy officials.

Unit: 
Our Constitutional Connection
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
3
4
5

Students learn about three amendments to the Constitution that extended voting rights to more citizens. They will discuss the importance of expressing opinions through voting and try to make a difference by reminding adults to vote with their colorful posters. Students will accompany an adult to the polls to view the process in action and reflect on the process.