Introduction to Laws, Rules, and Government

How Citizens Influence Public Policy (Grades 4-6)
Explores the ways in which individual citizens influence public policy, and the significance of civic engagement.

It's My Life (Grades 3-12)
This basic activity forces participants to acknowledge how the law influences their lives, and how the Constitution provides a framework for such laws.

No Vehicles in the Park (Grades K-12)
Examines a very simple law with many possible intended and unintended consequences, and teaches participants the characteristics of good laws, or rules, how to interpret laws, or rules, as well as possibilities for changing laws, or rules. Also available in Spanish and French

Original Intent of Evolving Constitution? (Grades 9-12)
This article from Insights examines two schools of thought regarding interpretations of the Constitution. Discussion questions are included.

Rules, Rules, Rules (Grades K-12)
Teaches participants the value of the law, as they explore the instability and frustration that comes with constantly changing rules of a very basic game. Use it to lead a discussion about the function and significance of the U.S. Constitution.

Teen Curfew Debate (Grades 9-12)
Participants debate a proposed teen curfew during a mock city council session, learn about the role of city government, and individuals in determining policy.

What Does the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution Mean (Grades 7-12)
Participants analyze the text of the Preamble, and compare it to preambles of state constitutions.