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.
Listen and Read Activities
Early readers learn all about the U.S. Constitution through the words, images, and audio of this engaging read-aloud.
Online Learning Activities
Students can find out if they’re “Constitution Whiz Kids” by testing their know-how with Scholastic’s fun interactive learning activity.
Constitution Articles and Interviews
Interviews with constitutional experts, news about Supreme Court decisions, and information on the Bill of Rights and U.S. Constitution
An article from the New Book of Knowledge discusses the history of the United States Constitution, including the ratification and amending of the document.
Scholastic News Online talks to the senator who wrote the law establishing September 17 as Constitution Day.
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.