Unit Overview 

Students investigate the rights and responsibilities that are built into the fabric that formed the United States. They explore the roles of the three branches of government, the importance of having a public voice, the issues in the “Bill of Rights” and the essential qualities of the Core Democratic Values. The unit motivates individual students via cartooning, singing, and dancing.

Service Experience 
In Lesson Two: No Joke—My Voice Counts, the students create editorial cartoons and share their opinions through humor and illustration for the benefit of other students at the school. In Lesson Three: Dancing and Singing through the Bill of Rights, the students present the “Bill of Rights” through a song with creative movement. They present to a retirement community or another classroom in the school. In Lesson Four: Kid-Friendly CDVs, the students create posters that instruct about the Core Democratic Values. The posters are displayed around the school to share their knowledge and creativity with other students and visitors to the school.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
We the Kids - The Three Branches and Me
Lesson 1 of 4
Grades: 
3
4
5

This lesson explores the U.S. Constitution and investigates the responsibilities of living in a civil society. Students learn the roles of the three branches of government, especially the structure and responsibilities of our judicial system. Students learn about the importance of conflict resolution in a civil society.

Unit: 
We the Kids - The Three Branches and Me
Lesson 3 of 4
Grades: 
3
4
5

In this lesson, students analyze the Bill of Rights and explore the importance of the issues involved. The students employ their musical and kinesthetic intelligences in a creative performance singing and dancing to learn and teach the Bill of Rights. They perform the Bill of Rights in familiar vocabulary to their parents and members of the community (senior citizens).