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Constitution Made Easy: Strategies for Teaching the Constitution to Elementary Students

ideas for teaching elementary students about the u.s. constitution

Preamble, Articles, and Amendments, oh my! To be honest, teaching the Constitution to elementary students seems scary. There aren’t many resources available for elementary kids, and it’s just a tough topic for younger kids. It took some time for me to make this unit kid-friendly, but I am so glad I did! Here are some resources you can use to teach the Constitution to kids.

Books for Teaching the Constitution to Elementary Students

We the Kids is a great book for kids.  The entire book is the Preamble of the Constitution.  There is one phrase on each page with bright, colorful graphics.  Reading this book is a great way to break down each phrase of the Preamble for younger kids. My students love the pictures and they recognize the artwork of this famous illustrator.

  The Constitution of the United States is a 48-page book with lots of colorful graphics. This book includes the history behind the U.S. Constitution, plus a brief description of the parts of our Constitution. It’s written for grades 3-5, so the language is easy for elementary kids to understand.

Our Constitution Rocks is an amazing find!  This book is one of the best guides I have seen for younger audiences and it was written by a teenager. It is a thorough guide to the U.S. Constitution.  This is a great resource for kids in junior high on up (or elementary teachers who need a little extra background).

Kid-Friendly Constitution Activities

Since I had trouble finding appropriate Constitution resources for my class, I created my own. These days, I’m much more comfortable teaching this tricky topic. These activities made a huge impact on my students’ understanding of the U.S. Constitution.

Premable activity cards

Elementary students usually have trouble comprehending the Preamble, so I created these sorting cards to help them practice making sense of unfamiliar language. These cards have 2 parts. The first set is blue, and it contains the Preamble, which is broken down into smaller chunks. The red set has the Preamble rewritten in simplified language that is easier for elementary students to understand.

sequence the Preamble with these cards

The first sorting activity my students do is use the blue set of cards and simply put the phrases of the Preamble in order. I do this after we have read and discussed the Preamble with the books listed above. I like to see who can construct the Preamble without any help. My students usually have difficulty doing this on their own, but I like giving them the opportunity to work through it.

preamble matching activity cards

Once the Preamble has been put in order, I have students work in small groups to match the Preamble phrases to their meanings. I try to give my students multiple experiences with this sort so that they become more and more comfortable with the Preamble. These Preamble cards are free to download from my TpT store.

Interactive Constitution Notes

I love teaching my class through guided note-taking. Note-taking can be super boring, so I like to make it more engaging by putting the notes in a lapbook. This lapbook includes a basic overview of the 3 parts of the U.S. Constitution. This project takes up most of the week, but it is well worth the time spent. You can find this lap book here.

interactive lapbook activities for teaching the constitution to elementary students

Teaching the Constitution to Elementary Students

Teaching the Constitution to kids may seem daunting, but there are many ways to do it, including reading books, using matching cards, and creating lapbooks with your class. With these resources, I no longer dread this unit. I hope these activities help you as well!

Love using lapbooks with your students? Check out these lapbook templates for more ideas.

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Hi, I’m Deirdre. Thanks for dropping by. I love supporting 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers with simple and engaging activities. Let me help you make teaching easier.


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