Tuesday, January 12, 2016

We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution {Must Read Mentor Text for Social Studies}

Happy Tuesday, Everyone! Sorry I am a day late posting this week's Must Read Mentor Text.
This week's book is a great one for Social Studies! If you teach about United States government and the Constitution, then this is definitely one you want to check out! It's called We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States. The illustrations and forward are by David Catrow. It's very simple- it takes you through each segment of the preamble with adorable kid-friendly illustrations to go along with it.
The Preamble to the Constitution can be tough for kids to understand, and this book is a great way to introduce them to it. As we read the book together, I like to have my students write down what each segment means on sticky notes to help with understanding. Then we compile the sticky notes in our Social Studies Notebooks to reference later. 
After we've read the whole book and analyzed the Preamble, I have the students make posters for each section to explain what it means. Then we put the posters around the room so we can refer to them during our New Nation and Government unit. 
And I always LOVE to play the Schoolhouse Rock song about the Constitution because that reinforces everything we've talked about. And it's so catchy! Your students will have the Preamble memorized after you play the song a few times! :) You can find it by searching on YouTube. 
If you would like more resources for teaching about the Constitution and Government, please check out our articles with flip books and comprehension questions. Just the click the image below. 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great week!


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