Elementary (K-2)

The President's Roles and Responsibilities: Understanding the President's Job
Identify and describe the various roles of the president of the United States
Understand how the president communicates with the public
Recognize ways that young citizens can actively participate in a democracy
Express their views in a letter to the president

The Constitution for Kids
Nice explanation with clip art: Basics, History, Bill of Rights, Making Changes, How it All Works

Ben's Guide to Government For Kids (K-2)
Interactive site that goes from nation to community, includes interactive and printable activities.

The Classroom Constitution
Building a classroom constitution (From Scholastic).



Intermediate (3-5)

The Preamble to the Constitution: How Do you Make a More Perfect Union?
"How does the language of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution reflect historical events and the goals the Founders had for the future? What does the Preamble mean"

Compromise to Create a Constitution
Students will understand the concept of compromise.
Students will understand the Great Compromise during the Philadelphia Convention that almost led to failure to create a Constitution.

The Preamble to the United States Constitution: A Dissection
Students will understand the purpose of the Preamble to the Constitution and be able to explain the meaning of its key phrases.
Students will memorize the Preamble to the Constitution.

Ben's Guide to Government For Kids (3-5)
Topics include citizenship, branches of government, electoral process, and more. Interactive and printable activities and games.

The Constitution for Kids
Nice explanation with illustrations: Basics, History, Bill of Rights, Making Changes, How it All Works


Congress For Kids: Constitution
Introduction, Delegates to the Constitutional Convention, The Work Begins, Writing the Constitution, The Great Compromise, Signing the Constitution, Ratifying The Constitution, Bill of Rights, Powers of the Federal Government, The Three Branches of Government, Checks and Balances, Amendments, Women - The Right to Vote

The Constitutional Convention Play

A Roadmap to the US Constitution
Discusses Constitution, Origins, Creation, Issues, Cases

A Living Document/Is it Constitutional
Lesson plans from Scholastic.



Middle (6-8)

Constitution Costs
"This lesson helps students understand the basic services provided for Americans in the US Constitution and the necessity of a system of taxation to fund those services. Students will debate the pros and cons of having governments fund and provide particular services."

The Constitutional Convention: What the Founding Fathers Said
"What was the nature of the debates held during the Constitutional Convention? In what ways do the debates represent "a model of cooperative statesmanship and the art of compromise"?"

The Constitutional Convention: Four Founding Fathers You May Never Have Met
"What is the connection between regional politics and the positions of Ellsworth, Hamilton, Paterson, and Randolph during the drafting of the U.S. Constitution? What other factors motivated these four Founding Fathers as they developed their positions in the debate?"

The Complexity of Slavery and the Creation of the Constitution
Define key vocabulary regarding the issues of slavery of the Founding Era, which resulted in the Three-Fifths, Fugitive Slave and Slave Importation clauses of the U.S. Constitution.
Analyze statements by the delegates of the Constitutional Convention to understand the motives behind slavery and the creation of the Constitution.
Analyze contemporary issues and the factors that influence a person’s stance on those issues.
Identify the perspectives that come into play in one’s own stance on a contemporary issue.

Ben's Guide to Government for Kids (6-8)
Interactive site, topics include state vs. national government, how laws are made, branches of government, and more.

The Constitution for Kids
Basics, History, Bill of Rights, Making Changes, How it All Works

White House Kids: Constitution

The U.S. Constitution Power Grab Game
Balance of power (checks and balances) game.





High (9-12)

Constitution Costs "This lesson helps students understand the basic services provided for Americans in the US Constitution and the necessity of a system of taxation to fund those services. Students will debate the pros and cons of having governments fund and provide particular services.

James Madison: From Father of the Constitution to President
How was Madison involved in the creation and implementation of the Constitution? What events during Madison's presidency raised constitutional questions? What were the constitutional issues that arose during his presidency? What positions did Madison take on each of these issues? Did his thinking evolve and, if so, what factors influenced his thinking and actions?

The Constitutional Convention of 1787
Was the Philadelphia Convention of 1787, called for by Congress to recommend amendments to the Articles of Confederation, necessary to preserve the Union?
Why was the question of representation such an important issue to the delegates at the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and what led them to eventually compromise on the question?
Why was creating the office of the presidency such an important and difficult task for the delegates at the Constitutional Convention of 1787?

The Complexity of Slavery and the Creation of the Constitution
Define key vocabulary regarding the issues of slavery of the Founding Era, which resulted in the Three-Fifths, Fugitive Slave and Slave Importation clauses of the U.S. Constitution.
Analyze statements by the delegates of the Constitutional Convention to understand the motives behind slavery and the creation of the Constitution.
Analyze contemporary issues and the factors that influence a person’s stance on those issues.
Identify the perspectives that come into play in one’s own stance on a contemporary issue.

Why Celebrate Constitution Day?
"This lesson includes an editorial commemorating Constitution Day. The reading examines two competing schools of constitutional interpretation and explains the philosophical basis of the Constitution. Discussion questions follow the reading."

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
Offers a variety of resources, from primary source documents to interactive timelines.

Ben's Guide to Government (9-12)
Interactive site with historical documents, branches of government, how laws are made, and more.



All Grade Levels

The Constitution of the United States of America
(from 2005)

Constitution Day
(from 2007)

The Constitution of the United States of America
(from 2009)

Center for Civic Education: Constitution Day
(Collection of resources arranged K-12 - Games and Activities)

Crossword Puzzles
Basic through advanced

Test Your Knowledge
Quizzes

Treasure Hunts

Word Finds

Constitution Day Activities 2010
(Variety of quotes, facts, and activities.)

Sunnylands Classroom

"As you know, federal law requires that all high schools, colleges and universities that receive federal funds educate students about the Constitution on September 17. The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands has created the Sunnylands Constitution Project, a collection of classroom-ready digital resources, to help schools celebrate Constitution Day."

Full Text of the Constitution

BORDC Resources
Printable lesson plans.

US Constitution Workshop (Grades 4-12)