Bonus Lively Lesson: Constitution Day

Working on your weekly lesson plans? This bonus Lively Lesson will provide you Discovery Education content and lesson plan ideas.

Celebrate Constitution Day by exploring the history, purpose, and legacy of the Constitution of the United States, and get ready for our Virtual Field Trip from the National Constitution Center on September 17. Discovery Education has you covered with with engaging activities and digital resources in our Constitution Day Content Collection to help your students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of our nation’s highest law.

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Conversation Starter:

Which of our Constitutional Rights do you think is most important?

In this short clip, Mr. Beanbody illustrates the Bill of Rights, also known as the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution.

 

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K-2: And the Award Goes To…

After viewing the selected film segments, challenge your students to think of five to six adjectives to describe the people who authored the Constitution. As an alternative, they can list five to six virtues upheld by the Constitution. Be sure to explain the meaning of adjective to younger students. Direct the students to use these adjectives (or virtues) to make awards to assign to fictitious authors of the Constitution. Click here to access the full Constitution Day Content Collection and all K-5 lesson starters.

3-5: On This Day

Begin class by writing the date September 17 on the board. Tell students that this is an important day for the United States and display the “Constitution Day” event on Discovery Education Streaming. Read aloud—or call on a volunteer to read aloud—the description of the date from the event. Write key words like Constitution on the board. Invite students to describe why this date matters. Have students answer the following questions in their journals: What do you already know about this event? Why is this event important to us today? How might our lives be different if this event did not occur? What questions do you have about this important event? Then, as a class, view the “Constitution Day Celebrations” video segment. Click here to access the full Constitution Day Content Collection and all K-5 lesson starters.

6-8: In Full Bloom

Prior to class, preview the video segments and the songs for this activity and write questions that address the various levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. For example, for “Remember,” write, “When is Constitution Day?” For “Understand,” write, “Why did the framers write the Constitution?” For “Apply,” write, “What are some rights that are mentioned in the Constitution that apply to your life?” Click here to access the full Constitution Day Content Collection and all 6-8 lesson starters.

9-12: Scrambled Please

Prior to class, print copies of the transcript of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights from the “Constitution of the United States” encyclopedia article on Discovery Education Streaming. Split the copies into sections and distribute copies to groups in class, trying to make the sections somewhat even in length. Begin class by viewing “The Fabled Birth of the Constitution” video segment. Click here to access the full Constitution Day Content Collection and all 9-12 lesson starters.

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