Welcome to Constitution Land, the review game that popped into my head with five minutes left in my planning period yesterday! Don’t you just love when that happens? You spend the majority of your planning period on the verge of something cool, and then with five minutes left, the idea strikes and you frantically scribble down the idea before your students come into your classroom. Please tell me I’m not the only person this happens to! Fortunately, Google Slides was there to save the day!
We’re wrapping up our US Constitution unit … which is probably my favorite unit of the year! This year, as is typical of me, I tried something new. My students completed the US Constitution HyperDoc and were able to work more at their own pace. Last year, my students completed 5 instructional videos(they completed videos this year, as well), a study guide, and a few formative assessment activities. However, they were tied to my schedule. I assigned video 1 on a specific day, then I assigned video 2, etc. There’s a lot of “I” in that sentence, isn’t there? More on how I’m letting go of the reins more this year, coming soon.
I love the Constitution unit, but am always looking for different ways that my students can interact with and review the content in a fun way. Enter Constitution Land!
I blogged a few weeks ago about a game template I created using Google Slides – I seriously LOVE Google Slides! I incorporated that template in Constitution Land for Constitutional Amendment Dice.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the game:
–> Students can play this game in teams or individually
–> Teachers students choose a founding father game piece to represent their team
–> Players start on the “start” space and roll the (regular) dice
–> They move the number of spaces they roll and must either answer a question about the Constitution or roll the Amendment Dice
–> Students must answer the question correctly to remain on their square … if they don’t, they must go back to the start space!
Students can check the other team or their opponent by locating the correct answer in the answer deck.
I plan to print 4-5 copies of this game. My students will play the game in groups while I walk around providing help and monitoring their progress.
My students are excited to play this game! Yes, you read that correctly. They’re EXCITED to review their knowledge of the Constitution.
If you’d like to play Constitution Land with your students, click here and use the code teachingwithtech for a discount!
Thanks for reading 🙂