Thursday, September 15, 2011

Happy Constitution Day!

I have mixed feelings about celebrating Constitution Day.  On one hand, it's frustrating to fit in any "extra" lessons when the curriculum is so demanding these days.  On the other hand, I never miss an opportunity to celebrate my country!

In honor of Constitution Day, I thought I'd attach some interesting links related to our country's constitution.

First, I'm attaching one of my former blog entries:  Developing Class Rules.  I think this is a good introduction to the little ones, since this is a "watered down" version of  what our founding fathers did so many years ago. I even had my students sign the final copy of our class rules... but only if they thought the rules were fair.  (Which they all did, they developed the rules!)

Jr. Achievement Constitution Day lessons by grade level -  I can't speak for all grade levels, but the K-2 level is very age appropriate.

The Constitution for Kids - this resource is very much in a language that children can understand, with links to pictures of the constitution.

Constitution Quiz - I qualify as a "Constitution Whiz Kid".  I doubt my second graders would do quite so well, but this would be fun for older kids.

Center for Civic Education - I found several age appropriate lessons and materials at this site.

Scholastic -There are several links to information about the Constitution on this site.

Ben's Guide to the US Government - Our good friend Ben Franklin explains the US Government.  Gotta love Ben!

Utah Education Network.  Tons of links here, many of them are by grade level.

Printable resources - coloring pages and word finds, along with a few other sheets.

Seven Quick Facts About the US Constitution - I love simplicity.  This sums up the key parts.

USA Patriotic Holidays - Click the image to download my freebie... this helps students sort out the different Patriotic holidays!

Which Patriotic Holiday - This is a sorting game for the children to talk about the differences of each USA holiday, and remember which is which.  It includes Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Constitution Day and Veterans Day. Click the image to see the product.


Tomorrow the children have been encouraged to wear red, white, and blue.  The whole school will come outside to the flagpole for the Pledge of Allegiance.  My class will be having some conversations about how the country's constitution was made.  Then I'll have a few choices of word finds and coloring sheets that will hopefully spark conversations about our country and the constitution.  We'll finish up by signing our school's promise with a quill pen, just like our founding fathers did over 200 years ago.

What are your plans?

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