Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17 each year in the United States. This day is set aside to remember the day that the United States Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787. In 2004, a law was made that requires all educational institutions that receive federal funds to celebrate or teach about the Constitution on this day. Here are four engaging Constitution Day Activities that you can easily use in your upper elementary classroom.
4 Constitution Day Activities
1. Reading About the Constitutional Convention
Start your Constitution Day lessons with this reading activity. This mini-book gives students an overview of the writing of the Constitution in 1787. The reader will introduce students to the important people and events of the Constitutional Convention.
2. Constitution Facts & Figures
This fill in the blank activity is a great way to give your students an overview of the U.S. Constitution. This stacking flap book goes great in an interactive notebook, a social studies journal or even as a simple foldable. You can use this activity as an outline for your lesson, having students fill in the blank as you teach, or they can work together to find the answers.
3. Preamble Puzzles
Learning the words and meaning to the Preamble of the Constitution is an activity that you cannot go wrong with. These important words lay the foundation for the rest of this governing document. These Preamble puzzles will have students connecting the words of the Preamble to their meaning. It is activities like this that truly help the students understand the Constitution, not just know about it.
4. U.S. Constitution Flip Book
Let your students pull all of their learning together with this U.S. Constitution Flip Book. If you are short on time, this also makes a great overview activity too! In this flip book, students will learn about the Constitution’s creation and its structure. In addition, students will learn about amendments and how they effect the Constitution. A great overview and summary for Constitution Day or any U.S. Government lesson.
Upper Elementary Constitution Day Activities
All of the Constitution Day activities are high on fact content but low on teacher prep. Since upper elementary students are able to do all of the prep work, you can just copy the pages you want to use. Then fill your day with lessons and activities that provide your students with facts and a better understanding of the Constitution.
You can find all of these Constitution Day activities in my store. The first 3 activities are part of this U.S. Constitution Interactive Notebook set. While all of these activities work well as part of an interactive notebook, they do not have to be put into a notebook. This resource includes both a printable version and digital version of all activities.
You can find the Constitution flip-book in this set:
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