Constitution Day Classroom Resources

Interesting Resources for Constitution Day! Technology-based lessons to energize your Constitution Day activities! Also, lessons for every grade level to help you meet the requirements of the federal law honoring the U.S. Constitution!

 

The Center for Civic Education offers a selection of 21 free lessons for K-12 students that teach about the Constitution.

One lesson, “Constitution Day Scavenger Hunt with 60-Second Civics” uses one minute audio programs that focus on the Framers of the Constitution. 60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government. Podcasts are available at the Center for Civic Education http://new.civiced.org/60-second-civics

http://new.civiced.org/resources/curriculum/constitution-day-and-citizenship-day

 

From the Constitution Center

CONSTITUTION HALL PASS “CONSTITUTION DAY 2013 THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH” 

Available online beginning Monday, September 9, 2013 Live chat: Monday, September 9 through Friday, September 20, 2013, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST (weekdays only)

Live chat with National Constitution Center education staff and scholars: Give your students a “hall pass” to travel through American history—without leaving the classroom! Constitution Hall Pass video lessons and live chats are a hit with millions of students and teachers nationwide. Our brand-new episode, “Constitution Day 2013: The Legislative Branch,” provides a behind-the-scenes look at how laws are made in the United States. Plus, we’ll explore some famous historic sites which bring the story of the legislative branch to life. Constitution Hall Pass is free, and all you need is an internet connection to participate; tune in athttp://www.constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday

Lots of other resources including an interactive constitution http://constitutioncenter.org/constitution  and Seize the Vote Game: http://constitutioncenter.org/sieze-the-vote/

 

Constitutional Rights Foundation

Mr. Madison Needs Some Help (Upper Elem. – Middle School)

Why was the Constitution necessary? In this FREE unit from CRF’s Adventures in Law and History, students explore the meaning of the Preamble, meet James Madison and help him put together the Bill of Rights, and learn much more in interactive lessons.

http://www.crf-usa.org/images/pdf/members/4b5_mr_madison.pdf

 

Captain Kirk Preamble   http://youtu.be/3b56e0u0EgQ

Captain Kirk, reads the preamble from the US constitution. Enough said.

 

School Wide Plan for Constitution Day Observance K-8

This plan is designed to help a school participate in Constitution Day in a meaningful way, with as little disruption to the regular school day as is possible.  For each grade level, kindergarten through 8th grade, a few lesson options are listed. These lessons are linked to the new Minnesota Civics Standards for the grade.

http://teachingcivics.org/2013/09/04/school-wide-plan-for-constitution-day-observance/

 

TeachingCivics.org from Learning Law and Democracy Foundation

For more lessons, search http://teachingcivics.org/ insert “Constitution” in the Find Lessons bar.

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