September 14, 2005
Since Congress has passed a law requiring every school that receives federal funds to celebrate Constitution Day on (or around) September 17, here’s a practical idea for your classroom.
The Constitution was originally written as a set of rules for the thirteen colonies to follow. Do you have a list of class rules in your classroom? Now that students have been in school for a few weeks and learned your rules, together you can write a new Constitution for the class! Explain simply what the founding fathers had in mind and review the class rules. Ask for suggestions and even vote on whether or not they should be used. Use a large piece of oak tag to write the Class Constitution. Perhaps this will ensure that your students are more mindful of the rules, since they helped write them.