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Constitutional learning is in the cards

three students standing at table matching slips of paper

Students in Mr. Hanifin’s 5th grade social studies class at Harry Hoag School have been learning about the U.S. government and the Constitution. An early December afternoon found them testing their knowledge by playing Constitution Cards, a term/definition matching game.

The students assembled into small teams and had a certain amount of time to turn over slips of paper and match terms from the Constitution with definitions. They used study guides they had earlier completed during the game, which also built on previous lessons about the structure and function of the U.S. government.

“Making an exercise into a game works well, because the students are competitive,” Mr. Hanifin noted.

2 students standing at table matching slips of paper

worksheet with student-written definitions of Constitutional terms