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FC: The Constitutional Convention and the First President


10 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions.

Grade: 3rd Grade

Weeks: 2

Pages: 122

Standards: 3.6a, 3.10, 3.10d, 3.10e, 3.11, 3.13, 3.19, 3.20

File Type: pdf

Slide Deck Included: Yes

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Product SKU: PEDFC312


In this topic, students will learn about the origins of the U.S. Constitution and its first 10 amendments, the Bill of Rights. First, students will learn about some of the difficulties the US experienced following the revolutionary war and how leaders from all the colonies met in Philadelphia to draft a new set of rules for the government. They will read about the big debates that took place during the convention and why some Americans wanted to include a Bill of Rights. Finally, they will look at the role George Washington played as the nation’s first president.

10 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions

Lessons are developed using all the sources and readings that are in the social studies course frameworks provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.

What does it include?

  1. Detailed lesson plans aligned with the standards and frameworks
  2. Activities that include all the materials provided in the frameworks
  3. Assessments aligned to the new LDOE field test.
  4. Lesson activity workbook/worksheets
  5. Slide deck


  • 3.1 Create and use a chronological sequence of related events to compare developments and describe instances of change and continuity. 
  • 3.2 Explain connections between ideas, events, and developments in U.S. history. 
  • 3.3 Use a variety of primary and secondary sources to:
  • 3.3a Analyze social studies content. 
  • 3.3b Explain claims and evidence.
  • 3.3cCompare and contrast multiple sources. 
  • 3.4 Construct and express claims that are supported with relevant evidence from primary and/or secondary sources, content knowledge, and clear reasoning in order to: 
  • 3.4a Demonstrate an understanding of social studies content. 
  • 3.4b Compare and contrast content and viewpoints.
  • 3.4c Explain causes and effects.
  • 3.4d Describe counterclaims. 
  • 3.5 Compare life in the United States in the past and present.
  • 3.6 Identify and describe national historical figures, celebrations, and symbols. 
  • 3.6a Describe the achievements of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
  • 3.10 Recognize functions of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. 
  • 3.10d Compare and contrast representative democracy (republic) and monarchy.
  • 3.10e Explain how our founding documents protect individuals’ rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
  • 3.11 Identify and describe basic principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.
  • 3.13 Describe civic virtues: voting, running for office, serving on committees, and volunteering.
  • 3.19 Create and use maps and models with a key, scale, and compass with intermediate directions.
  • 3.20 Describe the geographic features of places in the United States.

Framing Question

How did the U.S. Constitution get written?

Supporting Questions

  1. What difficulties did Americans experience during and after the Revolutionary War?
  2. What did the state leaders who met in Philadelphia in 1787 do?
  3. Why did some Americans want a Bill of Rights?
  4. What did James Madison, John Jay, and Alexander Hamilton do to help Americans understand the Constitution?
  5. What did George Washington accomplish as the first president?




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