First Amendment Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Della McGuire

Della has been teaching secondary and adult education for over 20 years. She holds a BS in Sociology, MEd in Reading, and is ABD on the MComm in Storytelling.

This lesson plan ask students to break the First Amendment down into its component parts and then find a current event that represents each of the six major protections. Students will present their examples to the class in a lively discussion.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson plan, students will be able to:

  • Define the elements of the First Amendment
  • Identify examples of the First Amendment in action from current events
  • Describe connections between current events and components of the First Amendment


1 - 2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.


Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience in an organized manner, using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.


  • The Constitution
  • Amendment
  • Bill of Rights
  • Establishment of religion
  • Prohibiting
  • Abridging
  • Assemble
  • Redress of grievances



  • Pass out the First Amendment: Lesson for Kids text lesson.
  • Have a student volunteer read the introduction and 'The Constitution' section. Then, discuss the term 'amendment'.
    • In what ways have the rules changed or 'been amended' in your house as you've gotten older?
      • Later bedtimes, extended screen time, and overnight playdates might be some examples of how their families' rules have been amended as they've gotten older.
  • Now, have a student read 'The First Amendment' section, then discuss the Bill of Rights.
  • Have a student read the 'What Does It Say? section. Discuss the meanings of the terms listed in each phrase to ensure students know what they mean.
    • Congress shall make no law:
      • respecting an establishment of religion
      • prohibiting the free exercise of religion
      • abridging the freedom of speech
      • abridging the freedom of the press
      • abridging the right of the people peaceably to assemble
      • abridging the right of the people to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' and allow the students to ask any remaining questions.
  • Distribute the lesson's printable worksheet to assess understanding.

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