Constitution Day, September 17

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The Constitution begins with three famous words, “We the people,”  and was signed on September 17, 1787  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  It was signed by the Founding Fathers and because of the Constitution, we enjoy many of the rights and freedoms we have today.  Here are some interesting facts:

  1. The first national Thanksgiving Day was originally created by George Washington to give thanks for the Constitution.
  2. The U.S. Constitution is the oldest and shortest of all the national constitutions.
  3. Benjamin Franklin was the oldest delegate.  He was 81 years old at the time.
  4. When Pearl Harbor was bombed, the Constitution was moved to Fort Knox for safekeeping.  Now it is at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
  5. There have been 27 amendments to the Constitution out of the more than 11,000 that have been introduced in Congress.

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Teaching Older Kids About 9-11

This site, National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, contains the following  information:

  • 9-11 History
  • Exploring 9-11:  The World Before & After
  • Timeline of Events
  • Origins & Impacts
  • Explore the designs and learn about the planning of the museum
  • Photo Albums of the Memorial & Museum
  • Growing collection of artifacts & oral histories
  • Education Resources (see below)

This site, Education Resources for Teachers & Students, contains the following information:

  • For high school educators:  a discussion guide and activities to download
  • 9-11:  Stories of Survival and loss
  • The Spirit of Volunteerism:  9-11 and Beyond  (a short film)
  • Teaching Guide with take-home pages to download
  • Scholastic Kid Reporter Articles

Video: September 11 Memorial Video Tribute

FREE Online / Computer Graded Tests for Children’s Biographies of U.S. Presidents

Want to make test time easier for the teacher?  Here is a great way with FREE online tests for children’s biographies of U.S. presidents.  Students read the easy-to-read biography online and then take the online test.  These tests are graded by the computer for free, are also printable, and the grades can be printed out by the teacher.  Here are the biographies that have tests available at this time:

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Barack Obama
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • George Washington
  • James Madison
  • James Monroe
  • John Adams
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Ronald Reagan
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Thomas Jefferson

Teachers will need to log in and register their class so students can take the online tests.  Remember there is no cost for anything!