The U.S. Constitution

3rd Grade

The Constitution

The Constitution is the highest law of our country, the United States of America. All the other laws we follow as good citizens come from the Constitution also. The Constitution gives the United States a framework of laws. It creates things like the Presidency, the Congress, and the Supreme Court. Each state has its own constitution that is the highest law for the state. But, the United States Constitution is higher. Some things have been added to the Constitution as time has gone by. These changes are called "Amendments," The Amendments list some of the rights of the people. By listing these rights, they are made special, and it is illegal for the government to violate those rights. As of 2006, there are 27 amendments to the Constitution. Not all of them involve rights, but many do. The first ten amendments are very important, they have the special name of the Bill of Rights.

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Constitution Day

The Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787. The Constitution is the most important document in the United States. It establishes the American government and our position as a democracy. The Constitution also lays out our freedoms as Americans. The U.S. Constitution was signed in 1787, and it has been the basis of other democracies around the world. The Constitution is also known as a "living document" because it grows and changes as America and its people grow and change.

Do you know your rights? You can learn about them here, in this special collection of Constitution games, articles, and activities.

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About the teacher...

Hi! My name is Lydia Johnson. I currently teach 3rd grade Social Studies and ELA at Tarver Elementary School. We are currently exploring The Constitution of the United States of America. Hopefully, this is a great way for you to learn something new!

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