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 reflect on their values for the class and the community in a classroom constitution.
Here are resources for bringing the Constitution into your classroom.
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
Use these two essay prompts alongside If You Were There When They Signed the Constitution and Shh! We're Writing the Constitution.
History of the Constitution
Read these helpful articles with background information on the history of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
An article from the New Book of Knowledge discusses the history of the United States Constitution, including the ratification and amending of the document.
A short summary of the Bill of Rights for students. The United States Constitution has 27 Amendments, and the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution are called the Bill of Rights.
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.
An article from Grolier Online that covers the genesis of the United States Constitution, in addition to how it aggregated power, created three branches of government, and more.
Grolier Online shares text from the articles of the U.S. Constitution, along with expert commentary.
Scholastic News highlights the important dates leading to the creation of the U.S. Constitution.
Scholastic News shares how the Constitution helped unify and strengthen America's original 13 states.
How one can claim citizenship in the United States, as defined by the 14th Amendment
Interviews with constitutional experts and reporting done by the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.
Scholastic News Online talks to the senator who wrote the law establishing September 17 as Constitution Day.
Interview with President Obama: Why is the Constitution important to kids today? If you could sit down with one of the Founding Fathers, which one would it be?
In celebration of Constitution Day (September 17), Newseum Director of Exhibits Cathy Frost answers questions from Kid Reporter Nick Berray about her job. She also explains the importance of the First Amendment.