Welcome to US Constitution and Government
Before You Begin US Constitution and Government
We are excited for your family to begin US Constitution and Government.
All of our history courses are thoughtfully designed to be open-and-go! You do not need to read or prepare anything on a daily basis.
It is, however, extremely useful to spend a few minutes getting an overview of the course. Here are a few highlights to help you have a successful start.
Required Items Needed for This Course
The US Constitution and Government Course Set which includes the Course Book and Mystery on Constitution Island. To complete the course, you also need one copy of US Constitution Student Journal per student in grades 4–8.
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Digital Items Needed for This Course
With purchase of the course set, you also receive free access to the audio biographies and US Constitution Student Journal answer key. Both items can be found here. (For access to the audio of Mystery on Constitution Island, see the inside cover of your purchased physical copy of the book.)
How This Course Works
About This Course
This semester course contains 32 lessons, each approximately 45 minutes. We designed this course to be flexible. You can teach it to a large class of students or to only one child. You can teach one lesson a week for 32 weeks or twice a week for 16 weeks, using the second semester to study your state’s history. If you need shorter class periods, each lesson can easily be split into two parts. This flexibility allows for the course to meet the needs of every family or class.
The US Constitution and Government Course Book contains the lessons and directs the teacher or parent when to use Mystery on Constitution Island and US Constitution Student Journal It includes the teacher’s instructions, activities, audio biographies, and mini books. Additionally, History Case Files are also included in the course book to walk students through how to critically think about bias, truth, facts, and primary sources.
Blue text indicates instructions to you. Regular text is what you read to children. Questions to ask students are underlined.
Mystery on Constitution Island
Mystery on Constitution Island, written especially for this course, is a unique and fun way to learn about the Constitution. The lessons in the course book will direct you when to read each chapter. Purchase of this book also comes with access to the free audiobook. Access to the audio is found on the inside cover of the physical copy of this book.
Each student in grades 4–8 needs a copy of the consumable US Constitution Student Journal. The course book prompts which pages to complete each lesson. The student journal incorporates the full text of the founding documents and original coloring and activity pages. Each student completes his or her own student journal, which serves as a treasured keepsake when the course is finished.
US Constitution Activity Book
This optional activity book for grades K–3 allows for younger students to join in and learn along with their older siblings. The US Constitution Activity Book is not integrated into the course, nor does it follow the scope and sequence of the course. It simply has fun activities about colonial times and Founding Fathers for younger children to enjoy.
These short audio biographies are inspirational accounts of the lives of important men and women during the framing of the Constitution and constitutional amendments. The recordings of the biographies can be accessed online here. Once you open the audio online, you can stream the audio or download it. To download on a PC, right-click and choose “Save Audio As.” On a Mac, click the three dots and select “Download.”
Optional Erasable Pens
Completing the Student Journal is even more fun, colorful, and creative with this set of six erasable colored pens! The set comes with a red, green, light blue, dark blue, purple, and black pen that all have an eraser and The Good and the Beautiful logo. We highly suggest a set for each student.
The Good and the Beautiful commissioned and produced the powerful video above featuring Claire and Dave Crosby in celebration of this release! Be sure to view this stunning rendition of America the Beautiful with your family and share it with others. We hope it instills feelings of wonder and gratitude for this land in which we live.