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Holiday: Constitution Day Discuss this eTheme.

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.

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This is a large collection of resources, lesson plans and games devoted to Constitution Day.
This short video (2:46) by Time for Kids explains a brief history of the constitution and the significance of September 17.
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.
This site from Edsitement provides complete lesson plans, interactives, games, and extension activites for Consitution Day. All activities are also in Spanish.
Include this webquest in your plans for Constitution Day.
Use this lesson from iCivics with students to learn about the U.S. Constitution.
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.
Participate in a Consitution Day Duel and several other interactive activities.
Explore the links to learn more about the delegates at the Constitutional Convention. Includes classroom activities and worksheets for teachers.
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.
This site contains many links to resources for teachers to support them in creating meaningful Constitution Day lessons and activities for students. There are ideas for all age groups.
Students will create a mural that illustrates their understanding of the Preamble to the Constitution and what makes good government. Note: This site contains ads.
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

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