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Meaningful Learning The Constuctivist Theory of Learning Meaningful Learning is Active! • Students must be doing something to learn • In this activity students will complete a Constitution scavenger hunt. • They will complete research in the computer lab • Students will present their findings to the class • Students will vote on a final resolution Meaningful Learning is Constructive! • Students must connect new information to previous knowledge • Students will become acquainted to the Constitution through exposure to the primary document in the scavenger hunt and through lecture in class. • The textbook will outline the debate surrounding the Philadelphia Convention • Students will use this previous knowledge and connect it to the new information they uncover during research • Students will construct their opinion on the proper role and way to organize government Meaningful Learning is Intentional! • Students will learn with a specific goal in mind. • The Constitution is the organizing document that has governed our country for over 200 years. It’s essential that students are exposed to this document. Their specific goal is to uncover how this document came to be while also discovering the backbone of American government: compromise. Meaningful Learning is Authentic! • Meaningful learning occurs in situations that are real for students. • Students will form some opinions that they may carry with them the rest of their lives. The issue of the role of government will help them determine their political ideals. They will share these ideals in ongoing blog entries. Learning about the Constitution is also an important civics lesson. Every citizen should be well acquainted with this document. Meaningful Learning is Collaborative! • Others are involved in helping students learn. • Students will work in groups to aid each other in their exploration of the Constitution and research of a particular state. Students will also debate in small and large group settings on the role of government. • The teacher will provide scaffolding in the form of lectures and helpful websites.
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