Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

In this lesson plan which is adaptable for grades 5-12, students use BrainPOP resources (including an online social studies game) to explore the Constitutional Convention.

 

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Explain how the United States founders determined what should and should not be included in the Constitution.
  2. Identify the key compromises that the founders agreed upon.
  3. Compare and contrast primary sources from the Constitutional Convention.
  4. Explain how the Constitution continues to change even in modern times.

Materials:

  • Internet access for BrainPOP
  • Interactive whiteboard

Preparation:

You can use this lesson to introduce students to the Constitutional Convention, or use it to reinforce concepts they have already learned.

Lesson Procedure:

  1. Have students open the Vocabulary to familiarize themselves with the terms they will need to know as they explore this topic. Invites students to discuss with a partner what they already know about the vocabulary words and type in their own definitions .
  2. Show the Constitutional Convention Movie to the whole class. Allow students to revise their vocabulary definitions based on what they learned through the movie.
  3. Challenge students to play Time Zone X Game: Constitutional Convention and place the events in correct chronological order.
  4. Have students open the Primary Source activity and compare and contrast Alexander Hamilton's version of the Constitution and the version that was passed at the convention. (Click on the images to see Hamilton's document and the transcription of it.) How might our country be different if Hamilton's version had passed?
  5. You may want students to use the Make-a-Map Tool to create a visual representation of what they've learned about this topic.