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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.


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

U.S. Constitution Resources for Language Arts

All About the Boston Tea Party
Class Constitution and U.S. Constitution: Background and Preamble
The Executive Branch Crossword Puzzle
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
Articles of Confederation
President Thomas Jefferson Biography
President George Washington Biography
Assassinations and Attempts in U.S. Since 1865
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
President John Adams 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


Three Branches of Government Summary
The Constitutional Convention and Preamble
President James Madison Biography
How a Bill Becomes a Law in the U.S.
Know Your Rights
Amendments to the Constitution: Voting
More U.S. Constitution References

U.S. Constitution Resources for History Class

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

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December Calendar of Events
December is full of events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: World AIDS Day (12/1), International Volunteer Day (12/6), Hanukkah (begins at sundown 12/6), Handwashing Awareness Week (12/6-12), Computer Science Education Week (12/7-13), Human Rights Day (12/10), Winter Solstice (12/22), Christmas (12/25), Kwanzaa (begins 12/26), Visit the Zoo Day (12/27), and New Year's Eve (12/31). Plus, celebrate Bingo's Birthday Month, Universal Human Rights Month, and Write to a Friend Month all December long!

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