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Celebrate Constitution Day

The Constitution is the most important document in the United States. It establishes the American government and our position as a democracy. The Constitution also lays out our freedoms as Americans. The U.S. Constitution was signed in 1787, and it has been the basis of other democracies around the world. The Constitution is also known as a "living document" because it grows and changes as America and its people grow and change.

Do you know your rights? You can learn about them here, in this special collection of Constitution games, articles, and activities.

ABOTAJustice by the People: Free Constitution Day Activities and Lesson Plans
Bring the Constitution and the jury system to life with this hands-on, multimedia learning experience. Play Make Your Case — a courtroom trial simulation in which students control the action as they experience a real courtroom setting! Find out how the jury system as we know it came about by viewing the Historical Jury Timeline.
Constitution GameConstitution Game
Learn about your rights as an American by playing the Celebrate the Constitution game.
Constitution GameInterview Ben Franklin
Ben Franklin travels to the 21st century to answer your questions! Conduct a virtual interview and write an actual article that you can print out and save.
ObamaThe Relevance of the U.S. Constitution
by Jacob Schroeder and Topanga Sena
Scholastic News Kids Press Corps | August 23, 2011
In this excerpt from the Kid Reporter interview with President Barack Obama, the President tells kids why the U.S. Constitution is relevant and cool in 2011 and which Founding Father he'd most like to meet.

Articles

Kids Make a Law!
Kids Make a Law!
by Zach Jones
Scholastic News Online | September14,2009
Fourth-graders at Wedgwood Elementary School in Seattle, Washington, recently helped make a law that turned the Olympic marmot into an official symbol of their state.
We the People
We the People
by Danny Murphy
Scholastic News Online | September17,2008
To celebrate Constitution Day 2008, Scholastic News talks to former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor about the Constitution and being the first woman on the Supreme Court.
We the People: The Preamble
We the People: The Preamble
Scholastic News Online | The first sentence of the Constitution is called the preamble. It explains the purpose of the Constitution and sets the stage for the first 7 articles and the first 10 amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, that follow.
The Articles of the Constitution
The Articles of the Constitution
Scholastic News Online | September14,2006
The main body of the Constitution is made up of seven articles. The Articles explain how the government works. They also carefully describe the rules for electing government officials, like Senators and the President.
Bill of Rights
Bill of Rights
Scholastic News Online | September14,2006
The United States Constitution has 27 Amendments. The first 10 Amendments to the Constitution are called the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights was ratified, or approved, in 1791. It outlines the basic rights and freedoms of American citizens.
At Home With the Constitution
At Home With the Constitution
by Karen Fanning
Scholastic News Online | September14,2006
As one of America's most treasured documents, the U.S. Constitution has always attracted its fair share of admirers.
The Interview: Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
The Interview: Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.
Scholastic News Online | September14,2006
Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. talks to Scholastic News
Constitutional Expert: Benjamin Franklin
Constitutional Expert: Benjamin Franklin
Scholastic News Online | September14,2006
If it wasn't for Ben Franklin and George Washington, the Constitution may never have been signed into law. Ben Franklin re-enactor Ralph Archbold talks to Scholastic Kid Reporters about how the Constitution almost didn't happen.
Constitutional Expert: U.S. Senator Robert Byrd
Constitutional Expert: U.S. Senator Robert Byrd
by Alonzo Webb
Scholastic Kids Press Corps | September14,2006
Scholastic Kid Reporter Alonzo Webb talks with U.S. Senator Robert Byrd about a new law that establishes Constitution Day on September 17 every year. The law was written by Senator Byrd and was passed by Congress in 2004.
Constitutional Expert: Caroline Kennedy
Constitutional Expert: Caroline Kennedy
Scholastic News Online | September14,2006
Caroline Kennedy has written or edited three books about the Constitution, and has a new book coming out this fall, A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children. She is the daughter of former President John F. Kennedy.
The U.S. Constitution
The U.S. Constitution
Grolier Online | September14,2006
The United States Constitution is a system of basic laws and principles that defines the rights of American citizens and sets limits on what the government can and cannot do.

Lesson Plan for Grades 3-5: Celebrate the Constitution
Scholastic News Online | Students in grades 3-5 explore the various parts of the U.S. Constitution, then use their newfound knowledge to create their own classroom constitution.

Lesson Plan for Grades 6-8: Celebrate the Constitution
Scholastic News Online | Students in grades 6-8 explore the various parts of the U.S. Constitution in a fun game, then complete a worksheet to apply their newfound knowledge.

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