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We the Signers
Of the Constitution


Explain to children that our Constitution sets out rules and guidelines for the government of the United States. Share that a group of men long ago worked together and finally agreed on those rules and signed their names to the document. Then invite children to dress a teddy bear or other stuffed animal in red, white, and blue, and bring it in to school. Ask each child to recite a rule for the animal to follow in class. Write that rule on a paper strip as the student shares it. For example, one student might write,

"Listen quietly when the teacher reads a story."
Let each child "sign" his rule, just as the framers of our Constitution signed their document so many years ago. Display the paper strips together and title them the "Teddy Bear Constitution."


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