Students can use these resources to analyze the U.S. Constitution and develop a classroom agreement of their own.
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
About Constitution Day
Constitution Day, which Congress made an official holiday in 2004, is normally observed on September 17, the date on which the world’s oldest written constitution was signed into law in 1787. All public schools receiving federal funding are required to provide educational programs on the history of the Constitution during the holiday. When it falls on a weekend, schools and other institutions observe Constitution Day on an adjacent weekday.
The Constitution of the United States
In 1787, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and America’s other founding fathers signed the United States Constitution at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. With its seven articles, the Constitution established the written foundation of America’s democratic government, outlined the basic freedoms and rights of U.S. citizens, set limits on what the government can and cannot do, and separated the powers of the federal and states’ governments. Since the Constitution was put into effect in 1789, it has been amended 27 times and has influenced the constitutions of other countries.
Teach your students about the important history of the U.S. Constitution with lesson plans, interactive learning activities, writing prompts, helpful articles, and more.
This civics, history, and language arts program teaches middle school students about U.S. Constitutional liberties through lesson plans, games and printables.
Students will learn more about the U.S. Constitution through a fun game, then complete a worksheet to apply their understanding.
Students reflect on their values as a class and community to build a classroom constitution.
Third grade teacher and blogger Alycia Zimmerman describes how her students draft and ratify their own classroom constitution.
Online Learning Activities
Students can find out if they’re “Constitution Whiz Kids” by testing their know-how with Scholastic’s interactive learning activity.
If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution and Shh! We're Writing the Constitution Writing Prompts
These two book-related essay prompts will ask students to reflect on how rules play a role in the classroom and the country as a whole.
History of the Constitution
Read these helpful articles with background information on the history of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
This article describes how the U.S.Constitution came to be with a play-by-play through history.
Use this digestible summary of the the main body of the Constitution, which is made up of seven articles.
Discover the importance of the Bill of Rights, or the first 10 Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
Clear, concise, and in-depth summaries of the first 10 amendments and how they relate to students' lives. Plus, the origins of the Bill of Rights.
Read up on the genesis of the Constitution, in addition to how it aggregated power, created three branches of government, and more.
An overview of the articles of the U.S. Constitution, along with expert commentary.
Check out this outline of the important dates leading to the creation of the Constitution.
Learn how the Constitution helped unify and strengthen America's original 13 states in this recounting of history.
Find out how the 14th Amendment defines citizenship in the United States.
Interviews with constitutional experts and reporting done by the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.
A founding father talks to Scholastic Kid Reporters about how the Constitution almost didn't happen.
Scholastic News talks to the senator who wrote the law establishing September 17 as Constitution Day.
Scholastic News talks to Caroline Kennedy, daughter of John F. Kennedy, about the importance of the Constitution.
Kid Reporter Nick Berray talks to Cathy Trost of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., about Freedom of the Press and the First Amendment.
Sandra Day O'Connor, a former Supreme Court Justice, tells Scholastic News about the document that binds our nation together