Monique Gorman and Heather Lauden – Winner, Best Constitution Lesson Plan

As educators, we understand that not all children think, process, or learn alike. Therefore, at Grapevine Faith we have the unique opportunity to offer STEAM to our students. We are passionate about teaching students that scientific principles and artistic expression work together with such incredible harmony to reach all types of learners. The genius, Leonardo da Vinci said it best, “To develop a complete mind: study the science of art; Study the art of science.”

We hope you will enjoy our Constitution lesson plan coming from two subject area perspectives.

Thank you,
Heather Lauden and Monique Gorman

Click Here For Their Winning STEAM Constitution Lesson Plan!

Our Interview With Monique & Heather

Was this the first time you entered the contest?
Monique: No, I have entered the contest multiple years.
Heather: yes!

How did you hear about the contest?
Monique: A fellow co-worker had scheduled you to come and speak to our students.
Heather: Through getting to know Cathy/Janine after a presentation at our school

What inspired your work?
Monique: We have had the privilege of having past winners, and wanted to try again.
Heather: We thought it would be fun to write a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) lesson plan about a topic that is usually only taught in social studies or history classes.

What did you learn while creating your entry?
Monique: Teamwork on a lesson plan can be enriching and fun at the same time.
Heather: How the original documents are stored and preserved.

How do you plan to spread the word this year to your peers about the importance of the U.S Constitution?
Monique: We teach about the importance of our Constitution at Grapevine Faith.
Heather: By teaching our lesson plan in our STEAM classes and also sharing our lesson plan with other teachers, such as social studies and language arts.

How do your friends respond to history or talking about the Constitution?
Monique: Positively
Heather: They realize how interesting it actually is and are reminded of its importance and applicability to our freedom, even (and especially!) today.

What do you love about U.S. History and the forming of our government?
Monique: That the Bible was fundamental.
Heather: I love the fact that our government was founded on democratic, “we the people” processes.

Which U.S. historical site would you like to visit?
Monique: Plymouth and/or Jamestown
Heather: Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Which American historical figure is most influential/inspirational to you?
Monique: Ronald Reagan
Heather: Abraham Lincoln

Who is your greatest role model?
Monique: My family (Dad, Mom, and older brother)
Heather: Jesus

What in your life are you most passionate about?
Monique: Teaching and creating
Heather: My family and of course, inspiring kids through teaching.

How do you spend your free time?
Heather: Any kind of craft, sewing, etc. Spending time with my family.

What are your plans for the future?
Heather: To retire with my husband and travel.

If you could do one super impactful thing to help people, what would it be?
Heather: Prove to people that they are important and that they are seen and loved by at least one other person.

Why is the Constitution relevant today?
Heather: More than ever, with what is going on overseas, we should be thankful for our freedom and the rights, as well as protection that we have as Americans. We all have the constitution to thank for that!

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