Bulletin Boards: License Plate Preamble

Decorate your social studies classroom with a bulletin board printable featuring the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution written on the license plates of all 50 states. Beginning with Alabama, and ending with Wyoming, the introductory text is written in abbreviations (e.g., st8s, s-tab lish, p pul) across the the plates. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Before hanging up the display, have pupils put the cards in alphabetical order and try to decode the words to reveal the message
  • Prompt class members to memorize the Preamble to the US Constitution
  • Feature as a learning display in the classroom
Classroom Considerations

  • Print in color and laminate for continued use

  • License plates are in alphabetical order
  • There are three plates per page; some plates include state nicknames

  • Decoding the abbreviations may prove difficult for some individuals
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