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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
Colonial Times – Everyday Things
Unite or Die: How 13 States Became a Nation Reader's Theater
The Bill of Rights
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
Class Constitution and U.S. Constitution: Background and Preamble
The Executive Branch Crossword Puzzle
Colonial Times: Heritage Handwriting
Constitutionally Correct
More U.S. Constitution Resources for Language Arts

U.S. Constitution Holiday Activities

Slavery & The Civil War – Videos & Activities
President Thomas Jefferson Biography
Articles of Confederation
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
The Nineteenth Amendment
President George Washington Biography
Assassinations and Attempts in U.S. Since 1865
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
Amendments to the Constitution: Voting
Know Your Rights
President John Adams Biography
President James Madison Biography
How a Bill Becomes a Law in the U.S.
The Constitutional Convention and Preamble
More U.S. Constitution References

U.S. Constitution Resources for History Class

Consensus & The Articles of Confederation
Jean Fritz's American History Books
Iroquois Confederacy: Seed for the U.S. Constitution
More U.S. Constitution Resources for History Class

Related Resources

Popular Civil Rights Resources
Elections – Teacher Resources
U.S. Government Resources for Teachers
U.S. Presidency Resources
U.S. Presidents' Biographies

Highlights

Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

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

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports 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.

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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