Constitution Day Lesson Plans
|National Constitution Day is coming up (September 17th). It can be challenging to come up with something for Constitution Day. For one thing, it kind of sneaks up on you right at the beginning of the school year when you are still getting classroom routines under way. This is why I am bringing it up a bit early here, so you have time to get prepared.|
For another, lesson plans on the constitution tend to be (quite properly) serious lengthy things for older students, not the equivalent of making paper models of the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria for Columbus Day. All educational institutions receiving federal funds are required to teach lessons on the constitution on National Constitution Day (Pub L 108-447), but that doesn't mean that your classroom will actually be studying the constitution at that time, or that it would fit into your curriculum to do so. Accordingly, I'm going to offer you some links to brief lessons that you can jigsaw in on the 17th, and hark back to when it is appropriate.
TCR's U.S. Constitution Thematic Unit is another excellent choice for elementary school classrooms. Here is a sample from the book in PDF format.
If you don't already have a copy, you might like poster of the constitution for your classroom.
Finally, here are the words to Schoolhouse Rock's "I'm Just a Bill," because that is one of the most frequent requests for Constitution Day. Dave Frishberg certainly had a hit on his hands with that one. Here is the whole script, and a link to a YouTube video of it. Here is a lesson plan to use with it.
These are awesome resources from a blogger, I used to follow when I was at a different School.