Founding Fathers Activity I-VI

(Earning potential of $24 FunBucks with 6 available activities) 

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   completed activity and

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Add a Challenge: Write a 2 to 3 paragraphs explaining the changes you have made and why you have made those changes. Write about how those changes would affect people in today's society.

I. Writing Your Own Bill of Rights
Introduction:  Learn about the Bill of Rights and re-write history from your own perspective. Use any of the links below or your own materials to research about the Bill of Rights. You can visit the library, or search online for your information. View the video we have provided as an introduction to the research or as a conclusion to reinforce what the student has learned.
Materials:

Steps:

  1. Investigate the Bill of Rights by watching the video we have provided, reading the material in the different links, or using your own material.

  2. Think about what the bill is missing. Is there anything you would like to see in it today? How would those changes affect today's society?

  3. Write Your Own Bill of Rights. You can add anything at all you would like to see in the current bill.

  4. You can make it look like the current Bill of Rights, or you can modernize it to your liking. Be super creative!

Video of Glass Armonica

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Add a Challenge: Record your performance and submit it to us along with your written activity(the students face does not have to be visible in the video. You can record just the hands and the wine glasses).

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II. Benjamin Franklin's Glass Armonica...Can You Do It?
Introduction: Did you know that one of our founding fathers was also an inventor. Learn about Benjamin Franklin's Glass Armonica invention and then try it your self.
Materials:

Steps:

  1. Do some research on Benjamin Franklin and his Glass Armonica. Find the answers to the questions below.

  2. Who was Benjamin Franklin?

  3. When did Franklin build his first Glass Armonica?

  4. What inspired him to build it?

  5. How did Franklin feel about his invention? Was he proud? or not?

  6. What was the original name that Franklin assigned this instrument

  7. What is the meaning of the word Armonica?

  8. Which composers of that time were mesmerized by the Armonica? What did they do to honor it?

  9. After your research is complete write one to two paragraphs about you have learned. Now its time to perform!

  10. Make your own Armonica following the instructions below (Scroll down).

III. Madison's Notes Are Missing News Reporting Activity
 
In this interactive game you will become a reporter and travel back in time to the Constitutional Convention. You will ask questions of the Founders and report your findings in a news story. At the end of writing your story, print a copy of your newspaper.
 
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IV. The Constitution Duel

 

Do you want to find out how much you really know about the Founding documents, landmark Supreme Court Cases, and historic Americans! Well here is your chance. This interactive activity will tell you how much you really know

(great for reviewing what you have learned, and knowing what you have yet to learn).

V. Explore All Things Hamiltonian

Did you know that Alexander Hamilton was homeschooled by his mother until age 12? 

That's right! He was a homeschool student just like you.

 

Visit this interactive website of Alexander Hamilton where you will get to learn about him and his life.

 

Take a virtual tour, examine actual letters he wrote, view his timeline, and even take your own Hamilton IQ quiz.

How to Use Google Maps Street View
VI. The Search for George Washington Essay
Introduction: There are many monuments, memorials, statues, cities, states, schools, parks, and streets in the United States that are named after George Washington. Pick two states (not your own), and find two new Washington memorials that you have never seen or heard of before.
Steps:
  1. You can research on the Internet and/or look at different maps. You can also use Google Maps to view your monument(If you are unaware of how to use Google Maps, watch the tutorial video).
  2. Write an essay talking about the memorials you have found.
  3. Explain what they symbolize? When were they built? How are the memorials different or similar? What do they tell us about George Washington?
  4. Add a picture of the memorials you have found to your essay report, and submit it.

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