You and your 5th grade Social Studies class are going on another adventure! You will need a metal detector and several shovels! When you get to the site, you begin to graze the metal detector over the area...back and forth...back and forth...back and BEEP BEEP BEEP! You hit the jackpot! The class starts digging, shoveling out mounds of dirt, until CLANK! Metal on metal! What have you found? It is a time capsule! As you take off the lid, you begin to pull out large, slightly worn sheets of thick paper, one by one. As you look closer, you discover that these are very important, historic documents written and signed by our Founding Fathers, when our government was being created. You take out the Preamble to the Constitution for further examination.
What do you already know about our U.S. Government? What do you know about the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution? What would you like to know more about?
Discuss these questions with your "elbow" partner and answer them in your interactive journal. Write ideas about what a government should be like. Add ideas about what you think would be too little and too much government.
This is a 5th grade Government and Civics WebQuest lesson. This WebQuest is to help students learn about the form and function of government and how our Founding Fathers came up with our United States Constitution. It is designed to help students understand that the fundamental values and principles (i.e., liberty, justice, individual human dignity) of American representative democracy are expressed in historical documents (i.e., the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, including the Preamble and the Bill of Rights).
You will learn about how our United States government started and the beliefs of our Founding Fathers. You will learn about the form and function of government and how our Founding Fathers came up with our United States Constitution. You will understand that the fundamental values and principles of American representative democracy are expressed in historical documents, like the Preamble. You will examine, learn, and develop an understanding of the Preamble through video, discussion, a writing prompt, a matching game, and a puzzle. You will make a notebook that shows what you have learned.
* = questions to be answered in your interactive notebook
1. Watch the School House Rock video below, twice. Listen carefully to unfamiliar words, and try to understand their meaning using context clues. See if you can begin to sing along with the video, the second time watching it.
* What did you learn from the video? Did you catch anything the second time you played the video, that you did not notice the first time watching it?
2. Complete the "United States Preamble to the Constitution" worksheet. Complete the chart by writing the meaning to each quote in your own words. Using the link below, open up the online dictionary to look up unfamiliar terms to determine their definition and meaning.
*Were there any terms you already knew the meaning of? List them. Were there terms you had to look up the definition for? List them.
3. Listen and follow along to the video recording of We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. Listen for the reading of tricky words found in the Preamble AND for the explanations of these tricky words.
*What did you learn from the video? Which parts of the Preamble do you think you could explain?
4. Take out the blue and red cards from the Zip-lock bags. The blue cards are exact quotes from different sections of the Preamble. The red cards are simpler, everyday versions of the quotes. Practice reading the blue cards and matching them with red cards. Then, mix them up, read the red cards, and match them with blue cards.
*Which was more difficult (reading red cards and matching them with blue OR reading blue cards and matching them with red)? Why do you think so?
5. Use crayons, markers, and other supplies to decorate the "Preamble Scramble" puzzle, creating designs that help you remember the meaning of each section. Cut out each puzzle piece. Scramble the pieces, and have fun learning the Preamble as you put it back together! Once it is complete, practice reading the Preamble from beginning to end. Good luck!
Responsibility and Effort
|Student was often off task (wasting time, talking, going to other sites, etc.)||Student was sometimes off task and/or did not complete all parts||Student stayed on task most of the time, completing all parts||Student stayed on task and used their time wisely, completing all parts|
|Participation in Discussion||Student did not participate in discussion||Student participated minimally||Student usually participated and contributed ideas in discussions||Student was an active participant and contributor to discussions|
|Completed Interactive Notebook||The notebook contains one or fewer questions completed as assigned||Some questions were completed or attempted||The student answered most or all questions in their notebook||All questions were thoughtfully completed as assigned|
Student only completed one or two sections
|Some sections are completed or attempted||Most or all sections are completed or attempted||All sections are thoughtfully completed as assigned|
"Preamble Scramble" Puzzle
|One part of the assignment were completed (color, cut, assemble, etc.)||Some of the assignment was completed or attempted||Most or all was completed or attempted||All parts were completed and effort was put in|
You found the time capsule, discovered historic documents inside, and examined the Preamble to the Constitution very closely!
What did you learn from this WebQuest? Can you recite the Preamble from memory, either by speech or song? Could you explain the meaning behind the different sections of the document?
Questions for your interactive journal: What is your favorite part of the Preamble? What would you like to know more about/what are you confused about? Why was the Preamble created? What do you think would happen if there was not a Preamble.
We will continue to explore different historic documents written and signed by the Founding Fathers of our country! For now, think about the way the Preamble's words are found in our government and community. Do you see liberty and justice around you, that reflect the Preamble?