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We the Kids
(U.S. Constitution)

Share with children the book We the Kids: The Preamble to the Constitution of the United States by David Catrow. Explain that the "preamble" is the beginning part of a much longer document. Let children repeat the word aloud to gain familiarity.


  • give each child a strip of paper with the word "preamble" on it. Have children copy the word onto their own strip of lined paper.
  • cut the letters in the word "preamble" apart and mix them up. Children can refer to the original paper strip and place the letters in the correct order.
  • write each letter from the word "preamble" on an index card. Collect numerous small objects for each letter. Example: a pumpkin for P, a plastic egg for E, and so on. Let children spread the letter cards on the floor, choose an object, and place it on the letter with which its name begins.



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