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Constitution Day, Grades 6-8

Understanding the People and the Ideas that Created the U.S. Constitution

Found In: language arts, social studies6-8

Lesson Plans

Connecting the Separate Powers ( PDF, 78 KB 1 pg.)
Students in grades K-6 gain an understanding of the concept of separation of powers through role playing and questions and answers.

Constitution Day Workshop
Students in grades 4-12 analyze primary source documents to learn about the content, impact, and perpetual relevance of the U. S. Constitution to the daily lives of American citizens.

Amending the Constitution ( PDF, 1.12 MB, 4 pgs.)
Students in grades 7-12 explore the Constitutional amendment process, why the process should be taken with care, and how amendments have shaped the U.S. Constitution into the document we know today.

Additional Lesson Plans

Constitution Lessons (Grades K-12)
This ABA site has sections of lesson plans on rules, laws, and government; separation of powers; Constitutional rights; and representation, voting, and elections. Some lessons included PDF handouts.

Constitution Lesson Plans (Grades K-12)
Lessons include teacher instructions.

Observing Constitution Day
Activities, lesson plans, and information

Activities

Annual Constitution Day Poster Design Contest
To compete, K-12 entrants (including homeschoolers) design a poster showing how they benefited from the freedoms embodied in the U.S. Constitution. Entries must be postmarked by October 1st, 2013.

U.S. Constitution Course
The U.S. Constitution course comes in two versions. The basic course takes 15-20 minutes. The basic course plus extra materials takes 30-45 minutes.

Background Resources

United States (U.S.) Constitution Day 2013
A series of free educational resources and Internet links to help educators develop student lessons to celebrate U.S. Constitution Day.

The Constitutional Convention
Provides the story of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention and the framing of the Constitution.

America's Founding Fathers - Delegates to the Constitutional Convention
Brief biographies of each of the Founding Fathers who were delegates to the Constitutional Convention

THOMAS (Library of Congress)
Find legislative information from the Library of Congress, plus a teachers’ section has lesson plans and activities.

The Articles of Confederation

The Federalist Papers

Constitution of the United States

Printables

Coloring Pages

Pictures of the Documents - US Constitution Online
6 printable coloring pages of the US Capitol, White House, Supreme Court, and more.

Download Images

Charters of Freedom
High-resolution images of the Charters of Freedom documents.

Puzzles

Crossword Puzzles
Eight puzzles test your knowledge of the most important legal document ever created.

Word Searches

Constitutional Terms: Younger Students ( PDF, 20 KB, 1pg.)
http://www.usconstitution.net/constteach.html

Quizzes

Real or Fake (Grades 6-12)
True or false questions about the Founding Fathers.

Which Founding Father Are You? (Grades 6-12)
Discover who you are most like: Franklin, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, Adams, or Washington.

Constitution Quiz (Grades 6-12)
Test your knowledge of the Constitution. Questions change periodically.

Constitution Quiz (Grades 6-12)

Video

Check your school or local library for:

A DVD History of the US Constitution (1619-2005)
This 4-volume video series is divided into 47 chapters, each one a five to seven minute stand-alone presentation. Intended for grades 7-12.

last updated: August 28, 2013

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