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Planet X


Subject: Civics
Grade: 3-5, 6-8

Brief Description
Students work together to create a Bill of Rights for a colony they are founding on a distant planet.


Students consider their own priorities in terms of rights. Students practice negotiation skills.


Bill of Rights, collaboration, negotiation

Materials Needed

pencils, paper

Lesson Plan

The entire lesson, Activity 1- Planet X, is available online as part of Cool Planet for teachers Developing Rights activities. The site also contains additional related activities and extension activities.


Students will be evaluated on their ability to work together to create a list of reasonable rights and responsibilities.

Lesson Plan Source

Cool Planet for teachers

Submitted By

Linda Starr

National Standards

Social Sciences:





Originally published 09/21/2001
Last updated 10/31/2007