5 Declaration of Independence Videos for Kids
Are you looking for high-quality video clips to include in your Declaration of Independence Unit? Browsing YouTube for good educational videos can be very time-consuming. So many videos seem great at first… until you notice an incorrect fact or a biased point of view. So frustrating!
In order to save teachers time, I am compiling lists of excellent kid-friendly history videos.
Here are 5 Declaration of Independence videos that you can feel good showing to your students.
Too Late to Apologize: A Declaration by Soomo Publishing
My Rating: age 8+
Notes: This video is hilarious and engaging! Perfect for an anticipatory set.
The Declaration of Independence (as read by Max MacLean)
The Declaration of Independence read by a professional actor with inspiring music in the background
My Rating: age 10+
Notes: Students could follow along with the video as they read a transcript of the Declaration of Independence. The narrator does a nice job of conveying the emotions behind the words.
Liberty’s Kids: The First Fourth of July
PBS’s animated episode about fictional kids who experience the events surrounding the Declaration of Independence
My Rating: age 8+
Notes: Upper elementary students will love watching this, and learn a lot too! The main downside? There are ads throughout the video. You could buy the episode for a few dollars from iTunes (Episode name: The First Fourth of July).
What you might not know about the Declaration of Independence by Kenneth C. Davis
Ted-Ed’s brief explanation about how Jefferson’s original draft of the Declaration blamed King George III for the slave trade and how that part was taken out
My Rating: age 8+
Notes: Thomas Jefferson, a slave owner, denounced slavery as “a cruel war against human nature”in the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence. Monticello’s website has a fascinating page called Paradox of Liberty where you can read more about Jefferson and slavery.
America the Story of Us: Declaration of Independence
History Channel’s documentary clip about the significance of the Declaration of Independence
4 minutes, (or you can watch the entire Revolution episode which is 43 minutes long)
Notes: This clip comes from a longer episode which you can find on Amazon Prime.
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In this lesson, students learn about 8 key events leading to the Declaration of Independence by reading task cards around the room and answering prompts on a timeline.
Here are the events on the timeline:
- The Stamp Act
- The Boston Massacre
- The Boston Tea Party
- The Intolerable Acts
- The First Continental Congress
- Lexington and Concord
- The Second Continental Congress
- The Declaration of Independence
After that, students complete a reflection where they answer the following questions:
- If you lived in the 1700s, would you have declared independence from Great Britain?
- Do you think that the colonists ever overreacted to one of the British laws or actions?
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More Declaration of Independence Resources
I hope you enjoyed these timesaving Declaration of Independence videos for kids.
Need more than a video?
Check out my interactive 3-week unit about the Declaration of Independence. My favorite part of the unit is the simulation where students act as patriots, loyalists, or neutralists. As part of the simulation, they form congresses and experience “taxation without representation”. They love it!
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