Preserving the Bill of Rights
These resources from the Bill of Rights Institute teach students constitutional principles by examining primary source documents and significant Supreme Court cases. In addition, each unit features expanded classroom activities engaging students with the Bill of Rights and the responsibilities of citizenship. Students will understand the connection between current events and the Bill of Rights when they participate in activities such as writing letters to their elected representatives; serving in a mock jury; creating public service announcements; and writing model laws.
For more resources from the Bill of Rights Institute, go here.
Bill of Rights Booklet
The ABOTA Foundation provides a Bill of Rights booklet pdf for elementary and middle school students. It contains the text of the Bill of Rights and a space for students to be able to paraphrase what each amendment means.
For more resources from the ABOTA Foundation, go here.
Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government
This resource from the U.S. Government Publishing Office offers three levels of learning: Apprentice, ages 4-8; Journeyman, ages 9-14; and Master, ages 14 plus. Go on Learning Adventures to explore topics such as Federally Recognized Tribes; Federal vs. State Government; Branches of Government; How Laws Are Made; Election Process; Songs, Symbols and Structures of U.S. Government; and Historical Documents, including the Bill of Rights. You’ll find lots of activities, lessons and games.
For more resources from the U.S. GPO, go here.
- Constituting America: Count down to Bill of Rights Day with this Tuesday series. Learn more.
- George Washington’s Mount Vernon: Join Mount Vernon experts for education happy hours. Learn more.
- Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History: EduHam Online, the free Hamilton Education Program, is available online. Learn more.
- iCivics: A new professional development library. Learn more.
- James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation: Apply for a $24,000 graduate fellowship. Learn more.
- National Archives: Check out a special DocsTeach page for National History Day. Learn more.
- National Constitution Center: Sign up for live interactive classes on the Constitution. Learn more.
- National Constitution Center: Free, online teacher workshops available. Learn more.
- NewseumED: Free professional developments webinars. Learn more.
- Street Law: Apply for its 2021 Supreme Court Summer Institute. Learn more.