Constitution Day is required by Federal law (Public Law 108-447) to be celebrated by all publicly funded educational institutions on September 17th, the day that the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. Before this law was enacted in 2004, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day”. Now, it’s known as “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day” to be exact, and this holiday also recognizes those who have become U.S. citizens.
Here is a great assortment of activities and links to videos, lesson plans, games, words to rap, a slide show, a timeline, and informational sites:
- Download a Constitution Day video to make a DVD for your classroom or school assembly (or show online). Video features kids from elementary school through high school. Great video!
- Art Activity: For young students, paint large flags using long horizontal stokes that cross midline and use ab pattern for stripes. For students a little older, do the same but count the 50 stars and 13 stripes as well as pattern and write a sentence or sentences (i.e. This is my flag.) using proper punctuation.
- Create a constitution for the class listing the class rules, and have all the students, the teacher and any aides sign it.
- Constitution Day, Sept. 17th
- Make a Boston Tea Party booklet. Free printable booklet tells the story of the Boston Tea Party for grades 1-3.
- Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids: Games & Activities for grades K-2.
- Constitution Day Free Lessons to Download for all grade levels.
- “A More Perfect Union” Slide Show
- Constitutional Fun Facts for kids. Great for older students.
- Constitutional Principles: Representative Government video for High School students.
- America’s Founding Documents: Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights