Learn more about the history of our U.S. Constitution, the history surrounding the Constitutional Convention, and its relevance as a living document to our lives today, and why we should observe and celebrate the anniversary of its signing. Lesson plans, interactive activities and videos are included within the websites.
This booklet explains the principles of the constitution. It is written for higher grade levels, but would also serve as a good resource for teachers looking for discussion ideas and background information.
Students learn that The Bill of Rights does not have definite rules. They are open to interpretation. Looking at some Supreme Court cases, students are invited to decide how the rights should be applied.
This Interactive Timeline contains a wealth of historical information. The broadband version is highly interactive and engaging, with many images, audio, and video clips. Some content may be too advanced for younger students, but provides good background informatin for teachers. Also links to the Interactive Constitution.
What does the Preamble to the Constitution mean? How does the Preamble express the fundamental values of our Constitution? These lessons are designed to help students understand the purpose of the Constitution as described in its first paragraph.
These sites cover the history of the Constitution of the United States. Includes information about the Constitution's signers and the Articles of Confederation, a document that some consider the original constitution. Classroom activity ideas are included. There are links to eThemes Resources on the branches of government and the Bill of Rights.
These sites are about the rights and responsibilities of members of society. Includes ideas for getting children involved in their communities and for understanding their rights. Includes links to eThemes Resources on historic documents, communities, the democratic process, and elections