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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
Unite or Die: How 13 States Became a Nation Reader's Theater
Colonial Times – Everyday Things
"The Great Compromise" & The Constitutional Convention
USA PATRIOT Act – Security vs. Privacy
Our Classroom Constitution
The Bill of Rights
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
Jean Fritz's American History Books
Colonial Times: Heritage Handwriting
The Executive Branch Crossword Puzzle
More U.S. Constitution Resources for Language Arts

U.S. Constitution Holiday Activities

Slavery & The Civil War – Videos & Activities
Assassinations and Attempts in U.S. Since 1865
Amendments to the Constitution: Voting
Articles of Confederation
President George Washington Biography
President James Madison Biography
The Nineteenth Amendment
More U.S. Constitution Holiday Activities

Lesson Plans

The Declaration of Sentiments & Your Rights
Is It Constitutional?

Constitutional Law Resources

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

References

Three Branches of Government Summary
Know Your Rights
President Thomas Jefferson Biography
President John Adams Biography
How a Bill Becomes a Law in the U.S.
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
The Constitutional Convention and Preamble
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
Constitutionally Correct
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

Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

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.

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 (and now in print!), 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.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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