September 17, 1787, is the birthday of our Constitution.
In order to celebrate the anniversary of the signing of one of America's founding documents, schools are required by federal law to incorporate the Constitution into instruction. To support you in implementing this, we've assembled a list of links to websites that provide a variety of activities ranging from games, primary sources, and videos for you to choose from.
Activities for Grades K–2
Using hands-on activities for Constitution Day, students learn about the Founding Fathers' impact on America's beginnings and discover the basics of what the Constitution contains.
Activities for Grades 3–5
To celebrate Constitution Day, students learn about one of our founding documents through online readings discussing the fundamentals of the Constitution and by playing online games to discover more about the branches of government established by the Constitution as well as the Preamble.
Activities for Grades 6–8
Through readings, videos and online games, students learn more about the founding principles of the Constitution and determine which constitutionally protected rights are illustrated in everyday situations.
Activities for Grades 9–10
Using videos from the National Archives students can learn more about the ratification and amendment processes of the Constitution. They also can play online games to determine what situations would violate constitutional rights.
Activities for Grades 11–12
Students use a primary source to analyze the development of the Preamble to the Constitution. Online games and videos give students the chance to learn more about the founding principles of the Constitution and the rights contained in it.
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