Constitution Day is Monday, September 17, 2012. On December 8, 2004, Public Law 108-447 was signed into law, requiring schools receiving federal funds to inform and instruct all students on the importance of the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787.
Colorado is taking an active role in complying with this law and the education of students across the state. CDE is aware of the importance and implementation of the social studies content standards regarding the Constitution but special recognition will only serve to enhance our State social studies and allow students to see that being an informed citizen goes beyond the social studies curriculum and classroom.
Constitution Day Online Resources
- Annenberg Classroom: A guide to the U.S. Constitution – What it means, what it says? This site includes numerous lessons on the Constitution.
- Ben's Guide to the United States Government: Maintained by the U.S. Government Printing Office, this site offers activities and related websites related to the Constitution and the U.S. government for grades K-12.
- Bill of Rights Foundation: Constitution Day Activities and Lesson Plans for Middle and High School students
- Center for Civic Education: Lessons for grades K-12 are available for free download from the Center's website. The lessons are adapted from the Center's We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution and Foundations of Democracy curricular materials.
- Constitution Facts: Contains crossword puzzles, famous quotes, and dates to remember concerning the development and ratification of the Constitution.
- The Constitutional Rights Foundation: Provides lessons and activities for teachers to teach about the Constitution for all grade levels
- Landmark Supreme Court Cases: Provides resources and activities to support the teaching of landmark Supreme Court cases.
- Library of Congress: Patriotic Melodies includes twenty-seven patriotic songs with background information concerning the origin. Audio is available for downloading.
- Library of Congress: American Memories Collection Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789.
- National Archives: The National Archives Experience: The Constitution provides photos of the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution of the United States, and the Bill of Rights, as well as activities for observing Constitution Day such as meeting the Founding Fathers and signing the Constitution.
- National Council for the Social Studies
- School House Rock: includes amusing audio and text for ten history related topics such as The Preamble to the Constitution and our Three-Ring Government. Additionally, most of the Schoolhouse Rock videos can be found on YouTube and iTunes.
- Sunnylands Classroom offers a rich set of teaching aids on the Constitution. Educators can find award-winning films and supplementary lesson plans; “Ask a Supreme Court Justice,” featuring answers from Supreme Court Justices.
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