The National Archives like to utilize their Charters of Freedom collection, which includes the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
The featured activity I found is part of the DOCSteach program, which is specifically aimed at using primary sources documents in the classroom. I liked the interactive features here, but I thought that younger students may find the exercise confusing. In fact, I’m not exactly sure what it’s supposed to be.
I found this activity on Senators’ pay during the first Congress to be a little simpler. Current legislative salaries can be found on http://www.legistorm.com, if you would like your students to compare the numbers.
Library of Congress
There are three activities I really liked on the LOC site. I know it’s difficult to find resources for younger students. These lessons should be appropriate for students as young as 6th grade.
I found the layout of the LOC website to be easier to use and their activities divided up in a way that made them easier to read. I didn’t struggle in navigating the site as I did with the National Archives resources above.
Websites of the Senate and House of Representatives
I found these short essays on the Senate web page to be a great quick read, wonderful as short supplementary readings for older students.
It’s a corny name, but the Kids in the House website from the House of Representatives provides excellent resources for elementary, middle and high school teachers.
Other resources to check out:
National Museum of American History: http://americanhistory.si.edu/
The Gilder Lehrman Institute: http://www.gilderlehrman.org/teachers/module.php?module_id=74