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In May of 2005 Congress passed a law stating that "every school and college must teach about the Constitution on September 17th, the day the document was adopted in 1787."  The following sites have excellent resources, lesson plans, and book lists to help you prepare meaningful experiences for your students as they celebrate their citizenship and learn more about the American Constitution.

Constitution Day Websites

The following websites have created specific material and collected links to resources developed for Constitution Day celebrations.

  • The California Regional Service Learning Network funded the creation of the following website that is filled with excellent recommended lessons, resources, activities, and booklists for Constitution Day.
     iPod
  • They also give away a free iPod to two students who post the top comments on the Speak Out section of their website.  Contest begins Sept. 2, 2013 and ends November 29, 2012 at 11:59 EST


  • Center for Civic Education

     The Center for Civic Education has an excellent collection of lessons organized by grade level.

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Videos and Live Programming

  • Discovery Education Streaming has many outstanding video clips, songs, and projects that are perfect for instruction on Constitution Day. Navigate to http://www.discoveryeducation.com and login.  In the search box at the top of the page, type in the word Constitution. Sort by age, grade, standard, or media type. They have close to 200 videos, one animation and many images.  Many have blackline masters and teachers' guides. You'll also find excellent articles and digital copies of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. Two of the videos also include student role playing projects and research. (Gambling and Judicial Review and You the Jury)   

  • There are 32 video clips from theNew Annenberg Classroom site including some conversations with three supreme court justices, Sandra Day-O'Connor, Stephen Breyer, and Anthony Kennedy.

    You can also view a list of their  videos organized by topics.

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Online Quizzes and Lessons

  • The Congress for Kids web site has three short quizzes about general information about how our government works. After students take the quizzes they can take a tour of the federal government. After each section of the tour, there are interactive puzzles for students to test their learning. (Click here for an excellent index of the activities on this site.)

  • Scholastic News.Com has an online "Do You Know Your Rights" Game for students to test their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.

  • Scholastic also hosts an online "Constitution Quiz."  (There is a link to a print version as well.)

  • Visit Scholastic.com in collaboration with the National Constitution Center for an online scavenger hunt that introduces students to portions of the U.S. Constitution.

  • Can your students pass the U.S. Naturalization test? Have them take this sample test at The National Constitution Center

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Linda Foote
Instructional Technology Specialist
Poway Unified School District
2006

Last Updated on:
09/09/2013

 

 

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