1-2-3 Teach Some Constitution Day Activities With Me
Constitution Day Bulletin Board: I’m back! I took the summer off for a much-deserved rest, but am now in the swing of things again and excited to share my latest creation.
don’t know about you, but when it came to being a fount of knowledge about our Constitution, I was sadly lacking expertise.
So, in 2004, when our government declared September 17th Constitution Day (also Citizenship Day), all public schools had to teach something about the Constitution.
I, along with many of my teacher friends thought, “Where will I find the time to squeeze that activity in with all of the other ‘have-to-get-done’ lessons?”
Try not to misunderstand me, I love being an American resident and am amazingly thankful for our nation’s opportunities, feeling honored for sure; yet as an instructor confronted with something more to add to an all around full plate, one can’t resist the urge to feel a bit overpowered, with the possibility of “What on earth am I going to find that my initial rudimentary understudies will understand?” All while thinking, ” and when will I get time to prepare this?”
No worries. I put in the time so you don’t have to!
“Find Me a Fact” is an easy-peasy, no prep, “print and go” activity you can simply run off and pass out.
If you don’t know much about the Constitution, no problem.
I’ve spent hours researching factual information about the Constitution, then compiled 8-pages of easy-to-understand background information, plus interesting and fun facts for you.
Students simply pick a “Topper”. I designed these semi-circular “glue ons” complete with Constitution-themed clip art.
There are 9 designs students can choose from, and are just the right size to top a full sheet of writing paper.
The graphics come in both black & white, as well as color, so that teachers can quickly & easily make an example to share.
I’ve also included 4 kinds of writing paper templates.
Pick the one that best suits your students’ writing abilities, or have them complete their assignment on a sheet of notebook paper.
You can use my background information to make your own example, or share it with your students as a non-fiction read.
I designed an Uncle Sam “I want you…” poster that can be used to introduce the lesson. (The poster lists what you want students to do.)
Afterwards, you can use Sam as the center for your bulletin board display, as completed projects make an awesome student-made bulletin board for Constitution Day, that’s sure to get lots of compliments.I’ve also included several posters to scatter around your display to add some extra pizzazz.
Simply run off the patterns.
Students choose a “topper” then they color, cut and glue this to their completed assignment, which is to find 3 facts about the Constitution.
You can use my list of educational and very helpful website LINKS about the Constitution, to steer your kiddos in the right direction.
This can be done as a homework assignment, or be part of your class computer lab.
There’s also a worksheet that students fill out to help them navigate finding their 3 facts, as they provide URL links and explain how they know these facts to be true and the websites they used reliable.
There are also 7 “danglers”, which are a bunting-like decoration that’s glued to the bottom of their paper.
You can skip this step, but I really think the borders add extra pizzazz and take just a few minutes more time.
To reinforce lessons learned about the Constitution, students share one of their facts with their classmates the next day.
As an extension to the lesson, after hearing everyone’s answer, children can choose their favorite or most interesting fact that they learned, and jot it down on yet another worksheet.
Yippee! Fun, fast, educational, easy and a bulletin board to boot.
Woo Hoo and Happy Constitution Day to you!
It’s a sweet, little apple craft, which is a super-fun way to practice counting.
There are several options to help your students count from 1-10, as well as skip count by 2’s,3’s, 5’s, or 10’s.
Well that’s it for today thanks for stopping by.
It’s the perfect day to be putzing with crafty things, as the sky is electric with lightning, and a gentle rain whispers as the rivulets cascade down my windowpane.
Wishing you a wonderful week and a blessed Constitution Day.
“To teach is to learn twice.” -Joseph Joubert
Searching for some fast thoughts for Constitution Day exercise thoughts that will keep understudies locked in? We have you covered with an educator made rundown old enough fitting books, recordings, and exercises for upper rudimentary!
We, the rudimentary educators of schools across the United States, will invest energy on Constitution Day to instruct our understudies about the objectives of the Constitution, the Founding Fathers, and the basic job the Constitution has played in the improvement of our country.
The start of the school year is an active time for educators. Among the rushing about of getting together and preparing assets, home visits, becoming more acquainted with understudies both by and by and scholastically, arranging that huge last hurrah for Labor Day weekend, also setting up and enhancing your study hall and setting aside a little ‘me’ effort to unwind, you abruptly recollect that you need an arrangement for Constitution Day.
Constitution Day is on September 17, only a couple of brief a long time after a large portion of us have begun the school year, so you don’t have opportunity attempting to arrive up with groundbreaking thoughts for this public occasion.
As Constitution day approaches, relax! We have some time tested assets: exercises, books, and recordings that will assist you with observing Constitution Day with very little quarrel.
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Constitution Day Lesson Ideas
We should start by discussing three books that you could use in your group this year. A portion of these will just take a solitary class period to peruse, yet there are some on this rundown that might expect you to place several days or spread the substance out longer than a month. We are sure that regardless of which one you pick, understudies will gain proficiency with a ton.
We the Kids, by David Catrow
This is my undisputed top choice for Constitution Day. It’s a fast, simple read… essentially the words to the Preamble, joined by clever pictures to take a gander at and examine. It has an extraordinary presentation and a speedy rundown with the importance of the words in the Preamble. (In case you are searching for a movement to go with it, this one sets pleasantly with my Preamble Stretch Book.)
Constitution Q and A (175+ Fascinating Facts for Kids), by Elizabeth Raum
This one is pristine, and it looks incredible. The delivery date is August 17, 2021, and it very well may be pre-requested so you possess it in energy for Constitution Day. The book is equipped towards kids ages 8-12 with fun realities. We as a whole realize that children love fun realities! Since there are more than 175 fun realities in this book, it very well might be one that you spread over the course of the month or even the entire school year. Peruse only a couple of realities daily, or post them in a unique spot on an announcement board or on the way to the study hall. This is an extraordinary method to imbue Constitutional information over time in a basic, simple way.
What Is the Constitution?, by Patricia Brennan Demuth
This next one is likewise going to two or three days to get past, however it is a decent age-proper choice for educators in upper elementary. The age range idea for this text is 8 to long term olds. Maybe than being an outline of a specific piece of the Constitution, this book is an in the background look that plans to examine a portion of the issues over which the Founding Fathers battled the most. It would require a few days to peruse resoundingly, however could be begun on Constitution Day.
Contingent upon what you have anticipated your class, a video might be a decent alternative for your group on Constitution Day. I have utilized both of these on Constitution Day before. I love them since they are short..easy to fit in, and a pleasant method to start off an exercise.
These recordings could without much of a stretch enhancement one of different exercises or books on this rundown, or be a short conversation action all alone
#3| Activity: Make a Class Constitution
Displaying your class after the cycle presented by the Founding Fathers during the Constitutional Convention, make a class constitution. Attempt to observe the strategies and rules of the first Constitution composing measure. Allow understudies to examine the cycle while making a report that could influence them throughout the span of the school year.
#4| Activity: Play Constitution Checkers
Utilizing dollar store checker sheets or by printing the sheets gave, play a game of Constitutional Checkers with understudies to audit the significant minutes that occurred during the composition of the Constitution. This asset accompanies a perusing section about the Constitution that understudies can peruse prior to playing a round of checkers that moves them to review a portion of the significant realities while they play. Constitution Checkers can be an independent movement, or you can match it up with one of the books or recordings recorded previously!
#5| Crafty Activity: Make a Preamble Stretch Book
At the upper rudimentary level, the preface is regularly the emphasis of conversation on Constitution Day, and this Preamble Stretch Book might be only the sort of asset you need to make it additional good times. Stretch books are really one of my number one things since they are practically puzzling commonly (they seem as though a certain something, however are genuinely another). The Preamble Stretch Book gives space to understudies to analyze the Preamble of the Constitution line by line with space to rehash each segment in present day terms. For additional with regards to this asset, watch this YouTube Video I made with regards to the Preamble Stretch Book. It’s old, however it will reveal to you all that you need to think about this pleasant action.
Note: Although it isn’t utilized as generally at the rudimentary level, I do likewise give a Bill of Right Stretch Book for more seasoned grades to use in mix with the Preamble Stretch Book.
Ideally this little rundown of books, recordings, and Constitution Day exercises will be by and large what you need to get ready for Constitution Day among the wide range of various errands you need to kick your school year off effectively.