Welcome to Kid Learn with Professor Bananas!

Welcome to Kid Learn with Professor Bananas!
All About the U.S. Government - Section 1 - The Republic
Lesson 1 -
A Republic
Lesson 2 -
The Constitution
Lesson 3 -
The Preamble of the Constitution
Lesson 5 -
Coming Soon!
Lesson 6 -
Coming Soon!
Lesson 7 -
Coming Soon!
Lesson 8 -

Coming Soon!

Tour the Continents with Professor Bananas - Lesson 1

All About the U.S. Government

Lesson 3 - The Preamble of the Constitution

The Preamble of the Constitution

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.

The above text is the Preamble, or beginning, of the Constitution.


The Constitution was written in 1787. It is over 200 years old! We actually have old copies of what was created. The master copies, as we learned, are stored at the National Archives Building in Washington D.C.

From May to September 1787 a group of men known as the Framers met. The Framers talked about what should be in the Constitution. The United States was a brand new country. The United States had a government that did not work very well. The Framers met to find a new way of running the country. This meeting is called The Convention. Some of the Framers are famous to us toda, such as James Madison, Ben Franklin, and George Washington.

At that time there were only 13 states. The men came from all the states except Rhode Island. Each state had ideas for the new government. The Framers had many debates. They talked a lot. They make a lot of speeches. By talking about it, they came up with a plan that everyone could agree with. They had to have a lot of compromises. Only by agreeing could all the arguments be worked out. Ben Franklin said the he was not sure if the plan was perfect. He said that it was probably as perfect as it could be.

This map of the United States by W. Faden shows what the US looked like
around the time the Constitution was written.


After the Convention, the Constitution had to be approved. Actually, only nine states had to agree to, or ratify, the Constitution. But everyone wanted all 13 states to agree. Two states took a long time to decide to agree. These states were Rhode Island and North Carolina. In the end, they did agree. Once the first nine states agreed, we say the Constitution was "ratified." New Hampshire was the ninth state to ratify.

What We Learned in This Lesson:

* The Preamble of the Constitution is the beginning of the Constitution and states its purpose..
* The men who wrote the Constitution are called the Framers.
* To ratify something means to agree to it.
* When the Constitution was written, there were only 13 states, and only nine had to ratify (agree) with it.
* New Hampshire was the ninth state to ratify the Constitution.

Untitled Document

Downloads For Your Workbook:

Lapbook Page 1 & Lapbook Page 2 - Download the lapbook. Review the 7 Articles from last lesson and complete. Paste into your notebook.


- an introductory part of a document, stating its purpose and aims.

- all future generations.

- the joining of people to protect and further their rights and interests.


Welcome to Kid Learn with Professor Bananas!


Creative Commons License
Kid Learn with Professor Bananas by kidlearnonline.org is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Based on a work at kidlearnonline.org. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at kidlearnonline.org.
Unless otherwise stated on the kidlearnonline.org website.