Constitution Day Resources

Constitution Day is September 17

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The United States Congress enacted a provision of law requiring every educational institution receiving federal funds to “hold an educational program” on September 17 of each year in observance of “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.” The definition of "educational program" is left up to individual institutions.


This resource list will give you some activities you can incorporate in your school or classroom.




Websites

Scholastic.com games, interviews, articles, lesson plans K-8


Center for Civic Education lessons for K-12


K12.com lesson plans. Lessons for K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 10-12


Free Tech 4 Teachers suggestion


Constitution Day - from Constitutionfacts.com - information, quizzes, word finds, games, printables, and info about an art contest (entries due Oct. 1)


Constitutioncenter.org Includes a 2:32 movie giving the basics of the creation of the Constitution from The History Channel on the intro page. Grades 4 and up.


Constitutioncenter.org Hall Pass video series - this year's video is on the legislative branch, but previous years' videos are also archived there. Videos are 18-20 minutes. Most appropriate for MS-HS


Constitutioncenter.org Lesson plans


Library of Congress - Documents form the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention. This is most appropriate for older students








Books to teach the Constitution - list from Scholastic.com

Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School by Mark Teague
Ike the dog sends letters to his owner, Mrs. LaRue, in an attempt to return home from obedience school.
Classroom Tip: Use this book as a Read-Aloud. It provides students with a humorous example of persuasive letter writing.

Encyclopedia of The Presidents And Their Times by David Rubel
This book is a wonderful reference tool for studying U.S. and presidential history.
Classroom Tip: Use this as a reference tool to assist students when conducting research.


House Mouse, Senate Mouse by Cheryl Shaw Barnes
This book teaches children about our nation's Capitol and takes them through the legislative process -- from the basic research of a bill through committee consideration to its signing at the president's desk.
Classroom Tip: Use this book as a Read Aloud to help students understand the legislative process.


If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution by Elizabeth Levy; illustrated by Richard Rosenblum
This unique presentation takes young readers into the locked rooms of the Philadelphia State House at the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.
Classroom Tip: Use this as a resource to introduce the concept of Democracy and the purpose of the Constitution.


Kids’ Letters To President Bush by Bill Adler; illustrated by Chuck Rekow
This collection features letters to the President in which kids ask political, personal, and poignant questions; give advice; and tell the President about themselves.
Classroom Tip: Highlight a persuasive letter from this collection to use as a model.


Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz
Students can review a copy of the Constitution in this “life-like” account of history.
Classroom Tip: Give students an independent review of the Constitution.