Founding Fathers Finally Can Smile Again!

Hello Dear Reader.

For my first blog it has to be my all time favorite classroom story. It was Constitution Day 2010 and life was good. I had a very smart, funny, outgoing class. We had just learned numerous facts about the US Constitution and our government. To help cement the ideas I had the children actually become part of the three branches of government. Their jobs became the classroom jobs of the week and connected to what the actual politicians do. For example, the legislatures had to make up some more classroom laws/rules. The judicial branch members had to enforce these rules and determine if they were fair.  I was the executive branch of course. (Hey, I earned the right-lol) I did pick a student to be my VP though. It was so much fun seeing all my Senators and Congressfolks out there and the kids learned a lot.

On Constitution Day I used the same idea to have the kids become the Constitutional Delegates. They had to wear signs around their necks telling everyone what state they represented from the original participants. What a day. The bell rang and I walked the kids to the front of the school to be picked up.

One boy refused to remove his sign at the end of the day. My Virginia Delegate was still wearing his sign proudly when he jumped into his Mom’ s car announcing loudly, “Look Mom! Today I learned that I am a Virgin!”


About onceuponaclassroom

I am a second grade teacher in West Phoenix, Az. I grew up in Long Island, NY but have lived in Az since I was eighteen years old. I have been teaching for 12 years. I also teach drama in our school's Fine Arts program.
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2 Responses to Founding Fathers Finally Can Smile Again!

  1. LOL! That’s hilarious Mary! What a good story too about the actual role plays you had them do.

    • Yes Carrie! lol! I am still laughing a year later on that one! Yeah, to my first comment! Glad the Mom probably did not hear nor understand the kids comment. I can only imagine what I would have thought if my child said that to me. ;0)

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