Preamble & Ratification of the Constitution

preambleRead the Preamble. Play “what’s the missing word”. Write Preamble on whiteboard, have kid close eyes, then erase a word. See if kid can tell you what word you erased. Continue until kid can say Preamble by memory.

**If you have an Ipad or Iphone, you can buy an app to help you learn about the Preamble to the Constitution here.

Federalists V. Antifederalists

Once again, Education-Portal has a great video on this topic. Sadly, they don’t allow for embedding, so watch it here.

— The Antifederalists felt that the Congress had overstepped. Congress was supposed to have modified the Articles of Confederation, not create an entirely new document.  Because of this, they were against ratification of the Constitution.

  1. ratification

    making something valid by formally ratifying or confirming it; “the ratification of the treaty”; “confirmation of the…

— The Federalists wanted the Constitution ratified.  Three men; John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison, wrote 85 essays to help convince the American people that the Constitution was good.  Those essays are now known as the Federalist papers.

Votes to RatifyThe people wanted a Bill of Rights added to the Constitution.  Leaders promised that would be the next thing they worked on, after the vote. Only nine states were needed to ratify the Constitution, Delaware was the first, New Hampshire the ninth.  Virginia was the 10th state to ratify the constitution.



Other Resources:

Enchanted Learning has a printable book.

“Mrs Clark’s 4th grade” has a presentation at Slideshare.

There is a power point at which you can view for free on the site, but have to pay to be able to download.

And of course, no lesson on the Preamble would be complete without SchoolHouse Rocks!



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