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Constitution Day Scavenger Hunt with 60-Second Civics

Lesson Overview 

Fifty-five delegates were present at the Constitutional Convention, which was held in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787. Most students can identify George Washington, James Madison, and maybe even Alexander Hamilton. But what about the other fifty-two delegates? Who were they? How did they influence the convention? In this lesson students will familiarize themselves with the delegates by listening to a series of 60-Second Civics podcast episodes devoted to the Framers of the Constitution. This lesson can be used as an introduction to any social studies or history unit about the creation of the Constitution. As students go through this and subsequent units, they should pay attention to the role these delegates or Framers played not only at the convention but in the first decades of our nation’s history. 

Suggested grade levels: Fifth–tenth grades (upper elementary, middle, and high school)

Objectives: By the end of this lesson students should be able to
  • identify the fifty-five delegates to the Constitutional Convention and the states they represented;
  • compare the similarities and differences between the delegates; and
  • discuss the political work the delegates went on to do after the convention.

60-Second Civics Podcasts on the Framers of the Constitution

Introduction to the Framers of the Constitution

President and deputy from Virginia

George Washington

John Langdon
Nicholas Gilman

Nathaniel Gorham
Rufus King
Elbridge Gerry
Caleb Strong

William Samuel Johnson
Roger Sherman
Oliver Ellsworth

New York
Alexander Hamilton
John Lansing
Robert Yates

New Jersey
William Livingston
David Brearly
William Paterson
Jonathan Dayton
William C. Houston


Benjamin Franklin
Thomas Mifflin
Robert Morris
George Clymer
Thomas Fitzsimons
Jared Ingersoll
James Wilson
Gouverneur Morris

George Read
Gunning Bedford, Jr.
John Dickinson
Richard Bassett
Jacob Broom

James McHenry
Daniel of St. Tho. Jenifer
Daniel Carroll
Luther Martin
John Francis Mercer
John Blair
James Madison, Jr.
George Mason
James McClurg
Edmund Randolph
George Whythe

North Carolina
William Blount
Richard Dobbs Spaight
Hugh Williamson
William R. Davie
Alexander Martin

South Carolina
John Rutledge
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
Charles Pinckney
Pierce Butler

William Few
Abraham Baldwin
William Houston
William Pierce

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