Constitution Day is next Wednesday!

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, Howard Chandler Christy 1940

Constitution Day is an American federal holiday that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution and also recognizes all who have become citizens due to either coming of age or naturalization. It is always observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. The law establishing the holiday was created in 2004 with the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd. Before this law was enacted, the holiday was known as “Citizenship Day.”

Part of the law passed in 2004 requires all schools receiving federal funds to provide some sort of US Constitution instruction on that day. To help as you plan your activities, I’ve put together a short list of possible resources. Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!

Constitution Lesson Plans
United States Constitution Historical Society
Student rights under the Constitution
The Learning Page – We the People Document Set
National Constitution Center
Education World ® Lesson Planning: Constitution Day
Educators and Students – Constitution Day Workshop
Justice Learning – Constitution Resources
Constitution Day
The Constitution for Kids Lesson Plans (K-12)
Lessons for Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
Annenberg Classroom : Resources For Constitution Day
Education K-8 Project : Constitution Day
U.S. Constitution Teaching and Learning Resources

You might also find some resources over at Social Studies Central’s Economics, Geography & Government page.