Understanding the People and the Ideas that Created the U.S. Constitution.
By Phil Nast, retired middle school teacher and freelance writer
Found In:language arts, social studies, preK-2, 3-5
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 Rap and What is Authority? ( PDF, 1.14 MB, 18 pgs.)
Students in grades 1-2 learn important facts about the Constitution and its history and two very important concepts: authority and limited government. Scroll to "Lessons".
What Basic Ideas Are in the Preamble to the Constitution? ( PDF, 1.02 MB, 10 pgs.)
Students in grades 3-4 explore some ideas in the Preamble to the Constitution. Scroll to "Lessons".
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.
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
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, 2016.
United States (U.S.) Constitution Day 2017
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
Find legislative information from the Library of Congress, plus a teachers’ section has lesson plans and activities.
Pictures of the Documents - US Constitution Online
6 printable coloring pages of the US Capitol, White House, Supreme Court, and more.
Charters of Freedom
High-resolution images of the Charters of Freedom documents.
Eight puzzles test your knowledge of the most important legal document ever created.
Constitutional Terms: Younger Students ( PDF, 20 KB, 1pg.)
last updated: September 11, 2017
A Brief Overview of Constitution Day
Constitution Day, which Congress made an official holiday in 2004, is normally observed on September 17, the date on which the world’s oldest written constitution was signed into law in 1787. All public schools receiving federal funding are required to provide educational programs on the history of the Constitution during the holiday. When it falls on a weekend, schools and other institutions observe Constitution Day on an adjacent weekday.
The Constitution of the United States
In 1787, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and America’s other founding fathers signed the United States Constitution at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. With its seven articles, the Constitution established the written foundation of America’s democratic government, outlined the basic freedoms and rights of U.S. citizens, set limits on what the government can and cannot do, and separated the powers of the federal and states’ governments. Since the Constitution was put into effect in 1789, it has been amended 27 times and has influenced the constitutions of other countries.
Teach your students about the important history of the U.S. Constitution with lesson plans, interactive learning activities, writing prompts, helpful articles, and more.