Constitution Day

I recently did a post about Constitution Day coming up and did a call for resources. Well, in the blog comments recently there was a question if anyone had any great resources for Consitution Day. So I went back to see if anyone posted anything. There are quite a few resources on the DEN site, but I haven’t had a chance to dissect them into who uploaded what.

I also promised to find a prize for those who upload Constitution Day Resources.

So if you have uploaded a Constitution Day Resource to the DEN website, please tell us what the link is or what the document’s name is in the comments below.

Comments

  1. Michele Futch

    This may be a dumb question…. When is Constitution Day?

  2. Danielle Abernethy

    Michele! I’m ashamed of you! Not because you don’t know WHEN Constitution Day is but because you think asking may be a dumb question.
    It’s next Monday. It actually suppose to be the 17th – which is National Citizenship Day. But because the 17th is a Sunday – we’re celebrating on Monday.

  3. Bethany Rosenhack

    Don’t feel bad Michele, I didn’t know either but I was too ashamed to raise my hand!! ;-)

  4. Debbie Bohanan

    Constitution Day Resources

    Unitedstreaming Videos:

    1.America At Its Best: What It Means To Be An American Citizen (15:00)
    •This video contains 11 segments.
    •Description:
    “What It Means To Be An American Citizen” teaches what a citizen is and how we become citizens of the United States. The importance of the privilege to vote is addressed, as well as the privilege to obtain an education. This program models for children the character traits that make up a good citizen and demonstrates how they can cultivate those traits. Children will learn that as citizens they have rights and privileges, as well as responsibilities. The importance of becoming educated and developing one’s positive attributes is stressed. This program teaches about being a good citizen through examples of youth in action. © 2003 United Learning Grades: 3-5.
    2.Citizenship in the Community (17:00)
    •This video contains 8 segments
    •Description: Examine the responsibility of citizens to make their community the best it can be. Learn the ins and outs of citizenship, how to get involved in your community, and the importance of voting. © 2003 100% Educational Videos Grades: K-3

    Websites Resources:
    Constitution Day’s Official Website(click on Educators for activities) http://www.constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday/display/MainS/Home “Resources to help you celebrate Constitution Day – the birthday of your government – featuring over 200 activities, lessons, books, DVDs and more from over 20 different providers.”
    Check out the Save the Bill of Rights Game (You can print a copy at the end of the game): http://www.constitutioncenter.org/explore/ForKids/index.shtml For Kids: Help! The national computer has crashed and we need your to help save the Bill of Rights!
    Celebrate the Constitution Game from Scholastic http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/indepth/constitution_day/ Students match statements to the appropriate section of our Constitution. They identify the Preamble, Articles I-VII, Bill of Rights, and Additional Amendments. Additional Constitution resources can be found at the bottom of the website.
    Constitutional Rights Foundation Constitution Day Resources http://www.crf-usa.org/constitution_day/constitution_day_home.htm Free online resources for teachers in grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
    edHelper’s Constitution Day and Constitution week Theme Unit http://www.edhelper.com/Constitution_Day.htm?gclid=CIeqjLHfnocCFQ4kNAodKDEsvA Theme units for Constitution Day and Constitution week designed primarily for elementary and middle school students. There are some activities that extend into 9th grade.
    National Constitution Day Educational institutions which receive Federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. Since this date falls on a Sunday in 2006, schools can celebrate Constitution Day on Monday, September 18.
    Pub. L. 108–447, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005,/ Dec. 8,2004; 118 Stat. 2809, 3344–45 “Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.”
    http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/socst/constitutionday.html This site contains “a list of Web sites and resources designed to prepare teachers for National Constitution Day. This is not an all-inclusive list, but a sample of major Web resources provided to educators without cost. Contact these organizations directly for further information about their resources.”

    Resources complied by Debbie Bohanan, Technology Coach, South Florida DEN.

  5. Donna Harris

    I found most of my info on constitution day at http://www.eduplace.com, click on Social studies, then current events

    They have some great info on constitution day. Also, I am having students report on constitution day on my school news show and post a link on our schools website.

  6. Michele Futch

    Thanks for the great Constitution Day information. I look forward to trying to implement at least one actitivy, next week.

  7. Doris Cobb

    On this website, the painting tells it all. There is a painting of delegates at the Constitutional Convention and, biographical information about each, with one rollover and click of the mouse!

  8. Michele Futch

    Thanks Donna and Debbie, I haven’t checked it out yet. But, you two make it sound better and better. You really have me interested and intrigued.

  9. Cheryl Woolwine

    Thanks for the Constitution Day information. I will pass on the information to my teachers – I know they will appreciate the sources!

  10. Cheryl Woolwine

    The Constitution Day website has a free video for download, along with other activites for you to use in your classroom.
    http://www.constitutionday.com/

  11. Bethany Rosenhack

    I wanted to thank Debbie Bohanan because I shared her links (and the credit) with my entire school and have received lots of kudos.

    GRACIAS!!

  12. Nancy Keck

    I was having problems finding a “Constitution Day” style Math Lesson for Geometry. I discovered the follwing site-http://mathforum.org/alejandre/magic.square/ben1.html
    I also plan on using C-span classroom for an interview with Chief Justice Roberts-http://www.cspanclassroom.org/constitution/roberts.asp. Finally I plan on playing the song about the Preamble from “SchoolHouse Rock”-http://www.school-house-rock.com/Prea.html

    There is a great electronic field trip site for Philadelphia-Dear Electronic Field Trip Teachers,
    We are very excited to announce that our “Freedom in America” website will debut on Monday, September 18, just in time for Constitution Day! Complying with the federal mandate is as easy as putting groups of your students on computers connected to our website, or trying out one of the
    12 downloadable lesson plans we offer.

    Our “Freedom in America” student section of the website features interactive games and activities that teach as well as entertain. Students can use the website games individually, or in groups of 2, 3, or 4. The students we have tested on these games seem to learn more from doing the activities in groups, which makes fewer computers necessary for you.

    The web games DO require reading. The students will need to pay attention to the opening section of each game, as well as the instructions. The music can be turned off by clicking on the “mute” button in the game, or turning down the volume on your computer. There are 3 levels, and students must complete a level before they can move on and “unlock” the next level of play. After students complete a level, they can print out a completion document to show their progress.

    The teacher side of the website has downloadable lesson plans for grades 5-9. Most lessons can be adapted for younger or higher grades as well. As always, we have included the worksheets and instructional photos/video. The “Your Turn” lessons, which your class can complete along with the show hosts during our live broadcast, are back too. A new addition for our “Freedom in America” website is a teacher resource page, with lots of links to materials such as historic documents, classroom activities, and historical figure biographical websites.

    Have you checked out our “webisodes” yet? Webisodes are short (about 3 minutes long) fun video pieces that you and your students can watch online at our website, or download and watch on iTunes. Each webisode also features discussion questions and links for more information about the topic. Post on our discussion forum and you or one of your students could win a t-shirt! A new webisode debuts each Monday.

    Remember, the website won’t be ready until Monday. Here is what you need to know to access it:
    http://www.bsu.edu/eft/freedom
    User Name: liberty
    Password: bell
    Nancy

  13. Debbie Bohanan

    Thanks for all the great resources for Constitution Day!

  14. Debbie Bohanan

    I love the School House Rock Series! Especially the song, “I’m Just a Bill”.

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