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Standard 3

Students will understand the rights and responsibilities guaranteed in the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Objective 1

Assess the underlying principles of the US Constitution as the framework for the United States’ form of government, a compound constitutional republic.

  • Ben's Guide to the Branches of Government
    Use this link to find out the different branches of our national government.
  • Ben's Guide to US Government for Kids
    Explore branches of the government, how laws are made, the difference between National and State government, etc.
  • Ben's Guide: How a Bill Becomes a Law
    This website shows the many steps it takes to make a bill into a law.
  • Comparing the Articles and the Constitution
    A kid-friendly page comparing the Articles of Confederation with the Constitution.
  • Constitution Day Resources
    Online resources and lesson activities to help you celebrate Constitution day on September 17th.
  • Constitutional Convention and Great Compromise
    Mr. Nussbaum has collected links to learn more about the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
  • Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure
    This web page explains the following concepts: Federalism, Congressional Powers, Presidential Powers and Judicial Powers
  • Constitutional Topic: Checks and Balances
    This webpage lists how each part of government checks the other and describes the separation of powers in our national government.
  • History in Quilts
    Throughout history, women and sometimes men have used the art of quilting for many diverse purposes: to keep warm, to decorate their homes, to express their political views, to remember a loved one. Heighten your students' awareness of how quilts have reflected and continue to reflect the lives of the people who create them, and of how quilts record the cultural history of a particular place and time. This theme of History in Quilts contains two separate lessons that can stand alone or be taught in conjunction with one another.
  • Symbols of U.S. Government
    This site will help students identify and show respect for national symbols such as the U.S. flag and the bald eagle.
  • The Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline
    The Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline is an online experience highlighting some of the key dates and events that mark more than 200 years of our constitutional history. These timeline entries, taken as a whole, tell the evolving story of the U.S. Constitution and the continuing role that it plays in our lives.
  • The Constitution for Kids: 4th through 7th Grade
    This webpage has been created to written to give the basics of the U.S. Constitution in language for students.
  • The First Amendment: What's Fair in a Free Country?
    After completing the lessons in this unit, students will be able to summarize the contents of the First Amendment, and give an example of speech that is protected by the Constitution and speech that is not protected by the Constitution.
  • The Preamble to the Constitution: How Do You Make
    This page contains 5 EDSITEment lessons in which students investigate the purposes of the U.S. Constitution, as identified in the Preamble to the Constitution, and study fundamental values and principles as they are expressed in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution.
  • UEN Civics: Government, Citizenship, Elections
    Find out the basics of Government, Citizenship, and Elections with this extensive UEN collection of Social Studies websites.
  • Understanding Primary Sources: The Mayflower Compact
    In this lesson students will examine the text of the Mayflower Compact to understand the writers' intent and the context in which it was written. Then they will create their own classroom compacts.
  • What is a Republican Government?
    This lesson will help you understand why the Founders thought a republican form of government was best. You will also learn about civic virtue and the common welfare.
  • What Responsibilities Accompany Our Rights?
    This Center for Civic Education lesson plan will discuss some important questions about the responsibilities of citizens.


UEN logo http://www.uen.org - in partnership with Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).  Send questions or comments to USBE Specialist - Robert  Austin and see the Social Studies website. For general questions about Utah's Core Standards contact the Director - Jennifer  Throndsen.

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