Constitution Day Ideas

During my daughter's Girl Scout meeting, I was perusing TpT looking for something that I could use for Constitution Day. For the past year or so (or however long we've been required to teach about the Constitution on Sept. 17), I've done a Constitution search with my students. I had a worksheet that they used to find various things in the Constitution. It was okay. Kind of meh for the kids. Since I always seem to forget about Constitution Day until the last minute, I don't have time to find something else. So I'm thrilled that I have two days to think about it!

I think that I will begin by watching the "We the People" episode of Liberty's Kids. Not having seen this particular episode, I'm not exactly sure what to expect. Has anyone seen/used that episode?

Since I have nearly an hour for each section of social studies, I needed to find more to do.


The first product that I stumbled upon was Deb Hanson's Constitution Day Readers' Theater script. What really drew me to this particular product was that it had 26 parts! How many times have you read a readers' theater with only a few parts?! This had enough for everyone! I did end up deciding that some of the vocabulary would be a little much for my large population of IEP kids, but I'm definitely keeping it in mind for next year.


I also checked out this {Constitution Day unit from Teacher's Clubhouse}. I think that there are some smaller activities that will work for my class, such as the board game and I Have, Who Has. I also liked the mini-book.

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5 comments

  1. Thanks for calling out my Constitution Day Readers' Theater, Diane! I can definitely appreciate that it would be a little difficult for a 5th grade group that included a sizable number of IEP students...but hopefully it will be of use to you in future years. I've started working on a Halloween Reader's Theater now...that should be a better fit for your class! :)
    ~Deb
    Crafting Connections

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  2. Thank you for sharing these resources. I'm with you. I always tend to wait until the last minute for this. I definitely feel it's important, but it always seems to sneak up on me.

    Mary
    Fit to be Fourth
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  3. I'm right with and forgot alll about Constitution Day until the end of the day announcements....

    I love the Reader's Theater and I put it on my wish list (which will make it's way into my shopping cart). Have you checked out Brainpop.com? It's a subscription based resource, but it is worth the money if you have it in the budget. They have a great short movie about the Constitution with follow up resources (printables, quiz, interactive quiz). I'm planning on showing that tomorrow afternoon.

    And for Liberty's Kids-- my kiddos LOVE that show... I can't remember that episode exactly, but I'm sure it's good and it will capture your kids attention. Have fun tomorrow!
    Kristin
    Fifth Grade Ramblings

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  4. I had no idea about the Constitution Day requirement - that's one of those things that you don't learn in college! Fingers crossed for a great lesson tomorrow. Thanks for hosting this linky!

    - Sarah Beth
    Miss White's Classroom

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    1. I think it's fairly new, maybe within the past year or two... Can't wait to see how your craftivity goes!

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