This fall, the kids are learning some of the basics about Civics… What is the Constitution? What are the Bill of Rights? What is an amendment and how many are there? I found a series of flashcards put together by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services that suits our purposes perfectly. They put together a series of 100 questions for those seeking US citizenship. I printed out the flashcard series and we’ve been going over that information little by little. The first week, we went over the first 5 questions and I use that as a jumping off point to go over the material in more depth:
1. What is the supreme law of the land? ▪ the Constitution
2. What does the Constitution do? ▪ sets up the government ▪ defines the government ▪ protects basic rights of Americans
3. The idea of self-government is in the first three words of the Constitution. What are these words? ▪ We the People
4. What is an amendment? ▪ a change (to the Constitution) ▪ an addition (to the Constitution)
5. What do we call the first ten amendments to the Constitution? ▪ the Bill of Rights
The following week, we went over the next 10 questions. I think these questions are great as a starting point, though for younger kids definitely need more explanation and discussion.
If you use the flashcard series as we are… it takes a LOT of red ink to use the cards above, but then I noticed that they also have the same questions written out on with a white background. Some of the questions go over US basics of US history.
There are also questions on US geography, holidays and more
If the flashcard approach doesn’t appeal, they have the questions listed out in a series:
There is also a 12-minute film for immigrants that is a useful overiew for kids about the important rights and responsibilities of US Citizenship:
We now have a Civics and Government Unit available. Be sure to check it out!