This year marks the 226th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. This document establishes the basic structure of our government, the responsibilities of each branch of government, and the basic rights afforded all Americans.
- School House Rock: The Preamble -- song & video
- We The Kids, by David Catrow
- NEA resources (lesson plans, activities, worksheets)
- American Bar Association lesson plans:
- Case of the professional tap dancer (individuals’ rights in conflict): tap_dancer.html
- Constitution Center:
- American Bar Association:
- Lesson plans: constitutionday/all_lessons
- Excellent video from Chicago students on why the Constitution is important to them: youtu.be/gIEZrfne16 (this YouTube video works in BUSD)
- Discover Kids Magazine (a helpful page to project)
- Scholastic News -- articles, activities, interviews:
- Constitution Day resources: teacher.scholastic.com/
- Center for Civic Education
- Lesson plans: new.civiced.org/resources/
Federal law requires that all schools receiving federal funds hold an educational program for their students on September 17th.
Tomorrow I'll share resources for middle school and high school students, grades 6 - 12. They will include more primary resources. I'd love to hear about resources you like to share with students to help them think about the importance of our constitution.
©2013 Mary Ann Scheuer, Great Kid Books