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Tip of the Week – Constitution Day 2009

Constitution Day is an American federal holiday that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and also recognizes all who have become citizens due to either coming of age or naturalization. It is always observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. The law establishing the holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known simply as “Citizenship Day.”

Part of the law passed in 2004 requires all schools receiving federal funds to provide some sort of US Constitution instruction on that day. To help as you plan your activities, I’ve put together a short list of possible resources.

ReMix America
I’ve mentioned Remix America before and really like it. A great site with sweet resources, they also have created a Constitution Day video contest. Go here first if you’re looking for a truly engaging activity for your kids!

Student rights under the Constitution
A quick overview of some of the Supreme Court cases focusing on the rights of K-12 students
Library of Congress Teacher Page – Civics & Government
Review an early draft of the Constitution with revisions and marginal notations as well as the Declaration of Independence and the Emancipation Proclamation. Read about presidents and the presidency, leaders of the new nation, elections, and inaugurations. Find resources to teach about constitutional issues ranging from women’s suffrage to slavery and desegregation
National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center and its partners provide educators with a wide range of materials and information in support of Constitution Day that you can search by grade level and keyword
Educators and Students – Constitution Day Workshop
The National Archives put together this excellent and engaging activity adaptable for grades 4-12
Justice Learning – Constitution Resources
This site hosted by National Public Radio and the New York Times Education Network has tons of resources
The Constitution for Kids
This site has materials organized by K-3, 4-7 and 8-12 grades
Lessons for Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
The Center for Civic Education has about 20 lessons / activities organized by grade level
Annenberg Classroom : Resources For Constitution Day
You’ll find a variety of resources here
Constitution Day Poster Contest
The Central Plains office of the National Archives put together this contest for five different grade levels
U.S. Constitution Teaching and Learning Resources
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence stuff – some 25 different activities and lessons

Have fun!

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