Our Constitutional Connection

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
3
4
5
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
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 primary documents help youth understand the role of the Constitution for the United States. They overview the three branches of government described in the first three articles and learn that government officials are serving with their time and talent for the common good. With the goal to look for traits of trustworthy officials, youth use the Internet to research their own state officials. They gather data and summarize what they find.

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

This lesson looks at the three amendments to the Constitution that extended voting rights to more citizens. Youth discuss the effectiveness and purpose of voting, and they take action to make a difference, such as making colorful posters reminding adults to vote or raising awareness of the history of voting rights.