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U.S. Constitution Resources for Teachers

The U.S. Constitution was adopted by delegates at the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787, so U.S. Constitution Week fall on September 17–23 each year. Use the printables, references, and lessons below to examine the significance of this document in American history. Teach your students about its writing and explore the meaning of democracy with cross-curricular activities for elementary, intermediate, and high school students. There are resources on the Bill of Rights and other constitutional amendments to help educate students of all ages about their civil rights.

Printables

The Bill of Rights and Constitutional Amendments
The Bill of Rights
Unite or Die: How 13 States Became a Nation Reader's Theater
Colonial Times – Everyday Things
USA PATRIOT Act – Security vs. Privacy
"The Great Compromise" & The Constitutional Convention
Our Classroom Constitution
More U.S. Constitution Printables

U.S. Constitution Resources for Language Arts

All About the Boston Tea Party
The Executive Branch Crossword Puzzle
Class Constitution and U.S. Constitution: Background and Preamble
Constitutionally Correct
Jean Fritz's American History Books
More U.S. Constitution Resources for Language Arts

U.S. Constitution Holiday Activities

Slavery & The Civil War – Videos & Activities
President George Washington Biography
Articles of Confederation
The Nineteenth Amendment
President John Adams Biography
President Thomas Jefferson Biography
President James Madison Biography
More U.S. Constitution Holiday Activities

Lesson Plans

Is It Constitutional?
The Declaration of Sentiments & Your Rights

Constitutional Law Resources

U.S. Impeachment
What Happens When People Break the Law?
Civil Disobedience

References

Three Branches of Government Summary
How a Bill Becomes a Law in the U.S.
Assassinations and Attempts in U.S. Since 1865
Know Your Rights
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
The Constitutional Convention and Preamble
Amendments to the Constitution: Voting
More U.S. Constitution References

U.S. Constitution Resources for History Class

Consensus & The Articles of Confederation
Iroquois Confederacy: Seed for the U.S. Constitution
Colonial Times: Heritage Handwriting
More U.S. Constitution Resources for History Class

Related Resources

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Elections – Teacher Resources
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U.S. Presidency Resources
U.S. Presidents' Biographies

Highlights

Videos
Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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