#CelebrateWithDE – Constitution Day

On September 17, 1787, the Constitution of the United States was signed at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Defining the structure of the country’s government and carefully laying out a balance of power, the Constitution is a living document that relies on an informed and engaged citizenry to maintain its influences on our society. So, on Constitution Day, we hope you’ll set time aside to help your students understand the document and its impact and to commemorate the signing.


Constitution Day Virtual Field Trip

Streaming On Demand Beginning September 15th

Celebrate Constitution Day on September 15th with a 30-minute virtual field trip the U.S. Senate! Join us on Capitol Hill as we learn about the unique role that the Constitution established for the Senate, and how the work of the Senate preserves American democratic principles. Your students will meet U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Chairman, Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ranking Member Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with Senate Historian, Dr. Betty Koed, and get an up close and behind-the-scenes look at the upper house of the United States Congress.


Featured Resource

Content Collection: The Constitution
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Assorted Resources

Celebrate Constitution Day by exploring a set of curated resources about the history, purpose, and legacy of the Constitution of the United States.


Learn

There are many ways to access information about the Constitution within Discovery Education: video, images, songs, audio files of the Articles, and more. Challenge your students to select two pieces of media from the list below (search “constitution” in Discovery Education for more resources or a specific grade focus) and see how far they can get with the strategy 25 You Didn’t Know. Once they have completed as many items on their list as possible individually or with a partner, have them team up to collaborate on and complete their lists.
 
Understanding the Constitution:
Creating the Federal Government

Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook,
Grades 3-5, 6-8, Full Video

This series takes a close look at the United States Constitution, how it works, and how the country’s founders forged this framework for government.
 
The Constitutional Convention
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook, Social Studies Techbook, Math Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Explores the origins of the U.S. Constitution and the Constitutional Convention of 1787.
 
Lodge McCammon Songs: We the People
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Explains the Preamble and Articles I, II, and III of the U.S. Constitution. Includes a teacher’s guide.
 
U.S. Government: The First 200 Years:
The Citizens & Their Government

(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Addresses the balance of influence American citizens have on their government as specified in the Constitution.


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Taking a virtual field trip to the Library of Congress will be a much richer experience now that your students know something about the Constitution. In 2016, Discovery Education visited the Library of Congress just as the new Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, was starting her tenure. The event includes interview clips with Dr. Hayden and a tour of the exhibits. After the experience, use Tweet, Tweet!, or another summarizing strategy, and have students write to celebrate Constitution Day.
 
Constitution Day 2016 Virtual Field Trip
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Take your students on a virtual field trip to celebrate the day. This VFT explores the largest library in the world, the Library of Congress, and interviews some of the key historians and educators who are responsible for the management and maintenance of the Library of Congress.

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