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Constitution Day Resources

Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is observed on September 17 in recognition of the adoption of the United States Constitution and to those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17 because that was the day the Framers at the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. Universities, schools, and other public institutions observe the holiday on the weekday closest to September 17 with opportunities to learn about and honor the oldest, continuously operating constitution in the world. The following materials were researched, reviewed, and developed to for K-12 educators to use in their school and classroom celebrations.

United States Constitution
US Constitution.pdf

Constitution Day Brochure

This brief 4-page fold-over document can be distributed to teachers and parents and includes background information, and a basic set of links to primary sources, lessons and other information related to the Constitution.  There is also a short list of children’s literature.


Children’s Literature for Constitution Day


This is an 8-page list of nonfiction, biography and fiction for children of all ages. These materials emphasize not only the writing of the constitution, but also how it has been applied to many issues in American history such as the Civil Rights Movement, Women’s Suffrage, and issues of property, publishing, religion, child labor and more.

Constitutional Rights Foundation-Constitution Day Resources

(free registration required to download some)

Here is a great selection of hands on activities to learn about the Constitution divided into grade range sections.

Constitution Day Activities

These online games and activities from Scholastic will be great for upper elementary and middle school students.

Constitution Quizzes

These online quizzes about the Constitution and the Framers could be used as motivating whole class background building activities or at the end of a unit of study. 

U.S. Courts – The Federal Judiciary

Here are resources about the role of the courts in America’s constitutional system.



Boston Plays

The Boston Plays are skits about problems the American colonists had with the British government.  Explain that America was once ruled by England and then read the Boston Plays with your students. Share the related amendments from the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights, having students guess which amendment addresses the situation presented in each play. Grades 3-5

Constitutional Convention Play

This original Constitutional Convention play by Matt Dixon works best for middle and high school. It focuses on the major compromises involved in resolving the major differences among the states as the Framers struggled to set up a new central government.

Constitution Day Play: The Tinker Case

Teachers may choose to do this play as a reader’s theater, a radio theater, or a regular play with the different scenes.  It makes the constitution come alive for students because it looks at the document as it applies to issues in contemporary life. The case under study, Tinker v Des Moines is one related to student protest.

The Constitutional Convention

Written by Brenda Covert, this play focuses on the differences among the Framers and how they dealt with those widely divergent perspectives. Humor and gossip make the play vary approachable for students from upper elementary on.

Primary Grade Lessons and Activities
Primary Grade Lessons and Activities

Bill of Rights Coloring Activity


Constitution Day Rap


What Is Authority?


The Constitution: The Country’s Rules


What’s Fair in a Free Country?


Matching Game with the U.S. Constitution


Grades 3-4 Lessons and Activities


Character and Citizenship Education: A Class Citizenship Tree for Elementary Students



First Amendment: What Fair in a Free Country?



Constitution Day: Concentrating on the Preamble (scroll to September 2005)


The Preamble


Preamble Hand Motions



Comparing California’s Constitutional Provisions on Religion to the U.S. Constitution



Levels of Government in California



Grade 5 Lessons and Activities

Picture Sort


Mayflower Compact


Hand motions for the Preamble


How Was the Constitution Used to Organize the New government?


Introducing the First Amendment


Visitor from Outer Space (Choosing Our Most Important Rights)



Grade 6 and 7 Lessons and Activities


Aristotle – In Search of the First Constitution

Aristotle-In Search of Best Constitution.pdf

Hebrews and Western Law

(Requires free registraion to access)


Lessons from the Roman Republic


Meeting at Runnymede: The Story of King John and Magna Carta


Luther Sparks a Protestant Reformation: How It Relates to the First


RevLuther SparksReformation-1stAmend.pdf

England’s Glorious Revolution

Glorious Revolution.pdf

Will You Sign This Petition?


Grade 8 Resources and Activities

Freedom of Assembly: The 1848 Seneca Falls Convention


Persecution of the Mormons


Freedom of Speech and Press: Frederick Douglass



Warm Up/Review Questions Using First Day Covers:  The Thirteenth Amendment


The 14th Amendment and the "Second Bill of Rights"


First Amendment and Political Cartoons

(scroll to the middle of the page)


Visitor from Outer Space


Grade 10 Lessons and Activities

Hebrews and Western Law

(Requires free registraion to access)


Magna Carta: Cornerstone of the U.S. Constitution



Will You Sign This Petition?


England’s Glorious Revolution


Yellow Journalism: William Randolph Hearst


The Sedition Act of 1918


Grades 11-12 Lessons and Activities


Historical Analysis of Constitutional Amendments


Freedom of Assembly: The 1848 Seneca Falls Convention


Warm Up/Review Questions Using First Day Covers: The Thirteenth



The 14th Amendment and the "Second Bill of Rights"


1st Amendment Religion and Public Schools


You Are Free to Exercise


First Amendment and Political Cartoons

(scroll to the middle of the page)


Warm Up/Review Lesson Using First Day Covers: Brown v Board of Education

Brown v Board.pdf

Brown v Board of Education: School Segregation, Equal Protection


Tinker v. Des Moines (1969): Student Speech, Symbolic Speech


Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier (1988): Censorship, Student Press Rights



Arizona’s Immigration Law: SB1070 and State Policing of Immigration


What is Meant by Returning to Fundamental Principles?


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