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Do the Preamble (Un)Scramble

Middle School President's Day Activities: Do the Preamble (Un)Scramble

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What better way to celebrate President's Day than reflect on the opening words of our US Constitution? Most of us have read the Preamble before, but how many of us have stopped to ponder what it means? A great activity for the whole family, this energetic memory game will help you better understand this fundamental part of American life. It'll also give your middle schooler practice in memorizing text, a skill that will come in handy during speech class!

The Preamble reads as follows: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

What You Need:

  • Several copies of the Preamble to the Constitution (you can find it online or type it up and print it out yourself)
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. A week before President’s Day, hang one of the copies of the Preamble on the refrigerator or other prominent spot in the house. Ask everyone in the family to read it over and memorize it as best they can.
  2. On President’s Day, cut the remaining copies of the Preamble into sections (break it up according to the commas).
  3. Now it's time to play a friendly game of Preamble (Un)Scramble. Give each member of the family a cut up copy of the Preamble, and race to see who can place the segments in the correct order first. The first one to unscramble the segments wins!
  4. After the game, have a family discussion about the importance of the Preamble, bringing up any other fun presidential facts you can think of, too!
Updated on Feb 1, 2010
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