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Celebrate Constitution Day
Celebrate Constitution Day

September 17th has been designated as Constitution Day in the hope that future generations will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of our nation's founding document. Use the activities, lesson plans and resources below to help you celebrate Constitution Day and Constitution Week.

General Resources    •    Grades K-3     •     Grades 4-6     •     Grades 7-8    •     Grades 9-12

General Resources

The Annenberg FoundationThe Annenberg Foundation
Free resources and lesson from The Annenberg Foundation
Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government for KidsBen’s Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids
Let Ben teach you how our government works and how to fulfill your civic responsibilities.
Bill of Rights InstituteBill of Rights Institute
A collection of activities for teachers to use on Constitution Day.
Center for Civic Education Lessons for Constitution DayCenter for Civic Education Lessons for Constitution Day
This page has many lesson plans for elementary age students (divided by grade level) – Each lesson plan is in PDF format.
Charters of FreedomCharters of Freedom
Information and images on several important historical American documents
Colonial WilliamsburgColonial Williamsburg
Multimedia, Slideshows, Video, Downloads, Podcasts & Audio, Daily Features & Blogs, Games, Puzzles, iPhone & Mobile, ePostcards, Online Exhibits, Games for Kids.
Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips Colonial Williamsburg Electronic Field Trips
Experience life in the 18th century at America's largest outdoor history museum.

Congress for Kids Congress For Kids-Constitution
This page includes information about the writing the Constitution, the Great Compromise, the Constitution’s signers, the Bill of Rights, and the Amendments to the Constitution.
The ConstitutionThe Constitution
A transcript of the constitution as well as high-resolution images of the actual document.
The Constitution CenterThe Constitution Center
Resources to help celebrate Constitution Day and develop habits of citizenship in a new generation of Americans, presented by the National Constitution Center.
Constitution Day ResourcesConstitution Day Resources
Resources from the Library of Congress
Constitution FactsConstitution Facts
Quizzes, quotes and activities about the Constitution.
The Constitutional DictionaryThe Constitutional Dictionary
A glossary of terms used in the Constitution.
Constitutional Rights FoundationConstitutional Rights Foundation
Requires registration for free lessons and materials.
Constitutional SourceConstitutional Source
Contains many resources and documents relating to the Constitution.
Democracy ProjectDemocracy Project
Great PBS Kids’ web site that allows the student to vote, become President for the day, and see how government affects them.
Free Examination MaterialsFree Examination Materials
The Center for Civic Education has teaching materials for grades 4-5, Jr. High School, and Senior High School, called “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution program”.
Gilder LehrmanGilder Lehrman
This page has specific resources for the Founding Era such as: podcasts, an online journal–“History Now”, curriculum modules, books, documents, and exhibitions.
iCivicsiCivics
A web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy.
Kids in the HouseKids In the House (Website by the Clerk of The House of Representatives)
This has a menu that includes different age levels for learning about our U.S. Government.
Library of CongressLibrary of Congress
Lessons from the national archives using primary source documents
Library of Congress "Civics and Government"Library of Congress “Civics and Government”
Constitution-related primary document collections and lesson plans from the Library of Congress.
Madison's Notes are MissingMadison's Notes are Missing
Travel back in time to the Constitutional Convention, ask questions of the Founders and report your findings in a news story.
National Center for Constitutional StudiesNational Center for Constitutional Studies
U.S.I.Q. The Making of America Game.
National Constitution Center: Interactive ConstitutionNational Constitution Center: Interactive Constitution
An Interactive Constitution based on The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution by Linda R. Monk.
Online Hyperlinked ConstitutionOnline Hyperlinked Constitution
This online constitution provides students with an easy-to-read version of the document in its entirety.
The Patriot PostThe Patriot Post
Includes great links to primary documents relating to philosophical foundations of the Constitution and other historic documents.
Social Studies for KidsSocial Studies for Kids
Some good general information. It does have some commercial ads.
The Supreme Court The Supreme Court
Provides a look at the legal system and allows you to follow Supreme Court cases, look at this site.  Best for secondary students.
United States Constitution: Primary Documents in American HistoryUnited States Constitution: Primary Documents in American History
Links to materials digitized from the collections of the Library of Congress that supplement the study of these documents.
U.S. CourtsU.S. Courts
For high school, click on constitution day.
US HistoryUS History
Virtual Tour of Philadelphia's Historic District (Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, etc).
Utah's We the PeopleUtah's We the People
Contains links to background information and other resources on the Constitution.
Youth Leadership InitiativeYouth Leadership Initiative
Great resource with free login for teachers. Lots of lesson plans on Constitution and other related topics.
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Grades K-3

Quick Constitution Day Activities

The Constitution for Kids K-3
Information written for lower grade students explaining the importance of the Constitution, why it was written and other information students should be aware of. (Includes a link to some coloring pages.)
Schoolhouse Rock: Preamble
Learn about the Preamble in this fun song and then watch more Schoolhouse Rock videos.
Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids K-2
Teaches kids about the federal government.
Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids 3-5
Teaches kids about the federal government.

In-Depth Lesson Plans

Matching Game with the U.S. Constitution (pdf)
This Kindergarten lesson introduces students to the Constitution. Students participate in a matching game to learn what the Constitution is and what it does for them. They will recognize key images related to the Constitution and its history.
The Constitution: The Country's Rules (pdf)
In this first grade lesson, students develop an awareness of the Constitution by exploring what it is and why it is important. Students examine their classroom rules poster as an introduction to the concept of rules and learn that the Constitution is the law of the United States.
Orb and Effy Learn about Authority (pdf)
This Kindergarten lesson introduces the study of authority. Children learn when people are exercising authority and when they are exercising power without authority. Children learn how and why authority is useful in society.
Constitution Day Rap (pdf)
This 1st-2nd grade lesson introduces students to important facts about the Constitution and its history. Students create a thirteen-star flag and read or perform the Constitution Day Rap.
What Is Authority? (pdf)
This 1st-2nd grade lesson introduces the study of authority. Students learn important concepts: authority and limited government. Students also learn the importance of examining and choosing people for positions of leadership.
Lesson Audio (mp3)   Teacher Audio (mp3)
What Basic Ideas Are in the Preamble to the Constitution? (pdf)
This 3rd-4th grade lesson explores some ideas in the Preamble to the Constitution. Students learn that the power to govern belongs to those who have created the government to protect their rights and promote their welfare.

Resources

video Videos

Constitution Day (12 minutes)
Grade K-4
Available for purchase from Library Video Company
Officially called Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, this is one holiday that celebrates two great things: our country's history and its citizens.
United States Constitution (25 minutes )
Grade K-4
Available for purchase from Library Video Company
A recount of the story of the Constitution, the biographies of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, and the great seal of the United States.

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Grades 4-6

Quick Constitution Day Activities

The Constitution for Kids 4-7
Information written for students in grades 4-7 explaining the importance of the Constitution, why it was written and other information students should be aware of. This site includes links to the National Archives as well as other sites with additional information on the Constitution.
Congress for Kids: Constitution
The history of the Constitution of the United States. This site includes information about the writing of the Constitution, the Constitution’s signers, the Bill of Rights, the Amendments to the Constitution and what they mean to Americans, along with much more.
Liberty’s Kids Website
A fun web site that has activities and games related to the animated TV series about the Revolutionary War and the Constitutional Eras. (Note – the TV series episodes can be found at UEN - Pioneer Library – eMedia.)
Constitution Quiz
An online quiz testing knowledge of the Constitution. Gives information if an incorrect answer is given.
What Good is Government Anyway?
Students discover that the writers of the Constitution realized the important aspects of good government in writing the preamble to the Constitution.
Madison's Notes are Missing
Travel back in time to the Constitutional Convention, ask questions of the Founders and report your findings in a news story.
Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids 3-5
Teaches kids about the federal government.
Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government for Kids 6-8
Teaches kids about the federal government.
Constitution Center
A word search with terms dealing with the Constitution.
Schoolhouse Rock: Preamble
Learn about the Preamble in this fun song and then watch more Schoolhouse Rock videos.
Life Without the Bill of Rights?
This activity asks you to consider how life would change without some of our most cherished freedoms.

In-Depth Lesson Plan

U.S. and Utah Constitution Comparison
This lesson is designed to be a compare-and-contrast reading activity using the Utah and U.S. Constitutions.
What Basic Ideas Are in the Preamble to the Constitution? (pdf)
Students will learn that the power to govern belongs to the people who have created the government to protect their rights and promote their welfare.
What Basic Ideas about Government Are Included in the Preamble to the Constitution? (pdf)
This lesson explores ideas in the Preamble to the Constitution. Students read the Preamble and develop definitions for the six key phrases in the document.

Resources

Web site Web sites

The Signers of the Constitution
Includes a picture and information about each signer of the Constitution.
iCivics
Home site to many lesson plans about and how the constitution works.
Constitution Day: EdHelper
This site has many resources from reading articles, games, to worksheets on a 4-5th grade level. You must be registered to download from this site.
Liberty Kids
A fun web site that has activities and games related to the animated TV series about the revolutionary and the constitution eras.
The Democracy Project
Great web site that allows the student to vote, become President for the day, and see how government affects them.
A Constitutional Timeline
Discover two hundred years of constitutional history, as told through a collection of stories and headlines spotlighting some of the people, events and issues that have shaped the Constitution.
Kids in the House
This is a menu by age levels for learning about our U.S. Government.

video Videos

A More Perfect Union America Becomes a Nation (2 hours)
Grade 5-6

A recreation of the summer of 1787. It chronicles how America became a nation. Short segments could be used to give 5th-6th grade students an overview of the Constitutional Convention. Download a Teacher’s Guidebook for this DVD.
The Constitution Video Quiz (35 minutes)
Grade 5-12
Available from UEN’s eMedia
Presents a comprehensive overview of the United States Constitution.  The program documents the Constitution's various stages, from the drafting of the Articles of Confederation to the amendment and voting process.
Liberty’s Kids: We the People (28 minutes)
Grade 5-8
Available from UEN’s eMedia
Show how our nation's Constitution and first government were forged during these trying times and laid the foundations for an innovative compromise on legislative representation.
Constitution Day (12 minutes)
Grade K-4
Available for purchase from Library Video Company
Called Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, this one holiday celebrates two important things: our country's history and its citizens.
United States Constitution ( 25 minutes)
Grade K-4
Available for purchase from Library Video Company
This program tells the story of the Constitution, included are the biographies of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.
We The People’s-America, the Beautiful Mosaic (4:55 minutes)
Grade 5-6
Available from US Courts
Excerpts from naturalization ceremonies conducted by federal judges across the nation show the diversity of America.
Creating the Constitution  (A little over 2 minutes)
Available from TeacherTube
A good, quick overview video from the National Constitution Center. (Members of TeacherTube can skip the pre-roll ads.)
Shh! We're Writing the Constitution (31 minutes)
Grade 1-6
Available for purchase from Library Video Company
Learn how the Constitution came to be written.

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Grades 7-8

Quick Constitution Day Activities

Bill of Rights Day Activities
President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated December 15 as a day to remember the Bill of Rights.
Observing Constitution Day
Short four to six minute introductory game to be used in introducing the constitutional convention. Great class starter used to describe the discouragement or frustration of composing the constitution with the different experiences, opinions and ideas in the constitutional convention. 
The Country’s Rules (pdf)
Originally written for an advanced first grade level, this lesson is easily adaptable to a middle school level. A simple fifteen-minute lesson reinforcing the importance of the constitution as well as the organization of the government, rights granted to citizens, and expected responsibilities.
Constitution Day Rap (pdf)
Originally written for advanced first and second grade levels, this lesson can be adapted to a simple middle school level. This lesson is recommended as a twenty-minute lesson with a flag building activity. Recommended activity adaptations include student stars demonstrating grade level assessment of constitution and citizen rights.
Interactive Constitution
Very user friendly. Grades 7-12.

In-Depth Lesson Plans

From King to Constitution
Lesson designed for teaching the necessary transition from a monarchy to a democracy.  Excellent lesson designed for middle school level instruction including an activity defining the different forms of government.
You Mean I’ve got Rights?
Lesson designed for middle school students instructing the rights guaranteed in the Constitution. Hands on activity in helping students connect rights found in the constitution to real-life situations.
Wanted: A Just Right Government
Lesson plan describing the evolution of the US government from the Declaration of independence to the Constitutional Government.  Included are PowerPoint presentations and activities.
Constitution Costs
A more in depth lesson, instructing students on the value of citizen’s rights, government provided services, and taxation responsibilities with several activity options helping students recognize these values.
Federal System Created by the Constitution (pdf)
Constitution Day specific lesson plan designed as a full lesson for middle school students. Explore the federal system of government as outlined in the Constitution. Compare to other forms of government.
The American Bill of Rights and Responsibilities
This lesson is intended to familiarize students with the Bill of Rights and what responsibilities accompany those rights. It emphasizes the importance of civic responsibilities.
Bill of Rights Institute.org
Lesson plans about the first 5 Amendments to the Constitution for students in grades 7-12.
Happy Birthday, Constitution!
An introduction to the U.S. Constitution that can be used in conjunction with Constitution Day (September 17).

Resources

Web site Web sites

Constitution Primary Source Kit
Pictures of primary sources used to compose or play a role in the writing of the constitution.
Naturalization Test
Take an automated, ten question practice test taken from the actual citizenship test. Test your basic knowledge of the constitution and US Government.
Congress for Kids
Easy to read, interactive constitutional facts.
Constitution Crossword
Crossword puzzle of constitutional information.
To Form a More Perfect Union
Short, informational summary of the Constitutional Convention.
Constitution Overview
Simplified explanation of history and content of US constitution.
Interactive Constitution Timeline
Discover the history of the constitution through an interactive timeline.
iCivics
Interactive games from 0-15 min to 30-60 min. 

video Videos

Field Trips to Yesterday: Historic Philadelphia (4 minutes)
Available from UEN’s eMedia
Short video showing the places of interest during the Constitutional Convention.
My America. America In Its Own Words (22 minutes)
Available from UEN’s eMedia
Children interviews and interpretations of what America is and the freedoms granted it’s citizens
Liberty's Kids: Episode 40 ‘We the People’ (28 minutes)
Available from UEN’s eMedia
Animated dramatization of the Constitutional Convention 
My America. Becoming an Active Citizen (23 minutes)
Available from UEN’s eMedia
Children interviews and interpretations of rights and responsibilities of US citizens. 
My America. What is a Democracy (23 minutes)
Available from UEN’s eMedia
Children interviews and interpretations of democracy. Creative display of different forms of government and the effectiveness of Democracy.
We The People’s-America, the Beautiful Mosaic (4:55 minutes)
Grade 5-6
Available from US Courts
Excerpts from naturalization ceremonies conducted by federal judges across the nation show the diversity of America.
Symbols of America. The Constitution of the United States of America (15 minutes)
Available from UEN’s eMedia
Constitution history and content overview in theatrical, documentary style.
Citizens Rule. Our Founding Documents (15 minutes)
Available from UEN’s eMedia
Live reenactments and descriptions of the constitutional conventions and the democracy process.
Creating the Constitution  (A little over 2 minutes)
Available from TeacherTube
A good, quick overview video from the National Constitution Center. (Members of TeacherTube can skip the pre-roll ads.)
A More Perfect Union America Becomes a Nation (2 hours)
Grade 5-6

A recreation of the summer of 1787. It chronicles how America became a nation. Short segments could be used to give 5th-6th grade students an overview of the Constitutional Convention. Download a Teacher’s Guidebook for this DVD.
The Constitution Video Quiz (35 minutes)
Grade 5-12
Available from UEN’s eMedia
Presents a comprehensive overview of the United States Constitution.  The program documents the Constitution's various stages, from the drafting of the Articles of Confederation to the amendment and voting process.
America Gets a Constitution  (3:09 minutes)
Grade 7-12
Available from the History Channel

A short overview of the creation of the Constitution from the History Channel.

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Grades 9-12

Quick Constitution Day Activities

Creating the Constitution
3 minute video overview of the Constitution. Ideal for sparking a brief discussion of the role and significance of the Constitution for 15 minute commemoration of Constitution Day. This video is part of the “To Sign or Not Sign” (pdf) lesson.
Why Celebrate Constitution Day
This lesson includes an editorial commemorating Constitution Day. The reading examines two competing schools of constitutional interpretation and explains the philosophical basis of the Constitution. Discussion questions follow the reading.
American Gets a Constitution
3 minute video clip that gives an overview of the Constitution and its place in history.
Constitution Treasure Hunt
Treasure hunt with items from the Constitution that students can use a copy of the Constitution to find the answers. From Constitutionfacts.com
Constitution Crossword Puzzles
Eight crossword puzzles of varying difficulty from Constitutionfacts.com
Constitution Word Finds
Word finds on the Constitution from Constitutionfacts.com
The Founders’ Library: Thinking as a Founding Father
Lesson created for Constitution Day about the influences on the founders and writers of the Constitution.
To Sign or Not to Sign (pdf)
Lesson created for Constitution Day focusing on the ratification and the importance of signing your name to a document.
The Constitution Game
Simulation activity to jump start a discussion about the beginnings of the Constitution and the Constitutional Convention.
Interactive Constitution Day Activities
This flash-based module contains three activities: Madison’s Notes are Missing, Constitution Crossword, and What did the Founders Say. Madison’s Notes are Missing requires students to listen to statements by 5-6 participants of the Constitutional Convention on several of the controversies that occurred in writing the Constitution, and then choose which position they agree with.
Bill of Rights Day Activities
President Franklin D. Roosevelt designated December 15 as a day to remember the Bill of Rights.
Interactive Constitution
Very user friendly. Grades 7-12.

In-Depth Lesson Plans

Fundamental Principles (pdf)
Lesson plan from the Center for Civic Education that explores how the framers of the Constitution debated fundamental principles and their connection to current debates over Liberty v. Order, Individual Rights v. Popular Sovereignty, etc…
Wanted: A Just Right Government
Students learn how the U.S. Constitution came to exist by looking at the tensions and differences of opinion that existed among early American states and citizens. Students find out about the Articles of Confederation, why that first “constitution” didn’t work, and how compromise led to the Constitution.
Interpreting the Constitution: What does that mean?
Students learn that the rights in the Bill of Rights have no exact definition and are open to interpretation (by the Supreme Court, of course). Students look at real-life cases involving the 8th and 5th amendments and see whether they come to the same conclusion about each case as the Supreme Court did.
Constitution Costs
Lesson begins with activity on the Preamble and the meaning of each phrase as it relates to government services. Lesson continues to an in-depth discussion of taxation and government benefits.
Brainstorm the Bill of Rights
Students will examine, list, and understand the specific individual rights that are contained in the Bill of Rights and then answer the question, "How does this apply to me?"
Bill of Rights Institute.org
Lesson plans about the first 5 Amendments to the Constitution for students in grades 7-12.
Separation of Powers: What’s for lunch?
Students learn about the three branches of government and find out how the three branches interact with each another.
Bill of Rights: You mean I’ve got rights?
Lesson on the Bill of Rights and other amendments.

Resources

Web site Web sites

Bill of Rights Institute
A collection of activities for teachers to use on Constitution Day.

video Videos

A More Perfect Union America Becomes a Nation (2 hours)
Grade 5-6

A recreation of the summer of 1787. It chronicles how America became a nation. Short segments could be used to give 5th-6th grade students an overview of the Constitutional Convention. Download a Teacher’s Guidebook for this DVD.
The Constitution Video Quiz (35 minutes)
Grade 5-12
Available from UEN’s eMedia
Presents a comprehensive overview of the United States Constitution.  The program documents the Constitution's various stages, from the drafting of the Articles of Confederation to the amendment and voting process.
America Gets a Constitution  (3:09 minutes)
Grade 7-12
Available from the History Channel

A short overview of the creation of the Constitution from the History Channel.
Creating the Constitution  (A little over 2 minutes)
Available from TeacherTube
A good, quick overview video from the National Constitution Center. (Members of TeacherTube can skip the pre-roll ads.)
We The People’s-America, the Beautiful Mosaic (4:55 minutes)
Grade 5-6
Available from US Courts
Excerpts from naturalization ceremonies conducted by federal judges across the nation show the diversity of America.

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