Constitution Day, September 17th

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President George W. Bush signed a bill on December 8th, 2004 which designates every September 17th as Constitution Day. The United States of America has been celebrating Constitution Day for the past eight years with the simultaneous recitation of the Preamble.

An Overview of the U.S. Constititution

An Overview of the U.S. Constituiton This is a good website that will introduce you to our Constitution.

Parts of the U.S. Constitutiton

There are three parts of the Constitution

The Preamble - The preamble is the one-sentance introduction to the Constitution. It begins the Constitution by stating the goals of the Constitution.

The Constitution - Is the ultimate law of our country and describes how the governement will operate. Three separate branches of government and checks and balances are important ideas in the Constitution.

The Amendments - The first 10 amendments, additions to the Constitution, are called the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights preserve the rights of the people, including the freedom of speech and religion, the right to a speedy trial, and others. Othe amendments have been added, so far there have been 27 amendments to the US Constitution.

The Premable

 
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Listen to the Preamble of the Constitution of the United States

The Constitution of the United States

 

BrainPop Moives, www.brainpop.com (ask Mrs. Martell for the user name & password)

U.S. Constitution - A basic overview of the Constitution, focusing on its seven key principles.

Branches of Government - Find out how powers are separated between the Legislative, Judicial, and Executive branches of government.

 

The Amendments

The first 10 amendments are called the Bill of Rights and protect the people's rights.

BrainPop Moive, www.brainpop.com (ask Mrs. Martell for the user name & password)

Bill of Rights - An explanation of the Bill of Rights and what each amendment says.

Save the Bill of Rights Interactive Game
Find the missing freedoms and see where they are located in the Bill of Rights!

Take a Look at Primary Sources

Pictures of The Original Constitution - Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4

National Archives

Site contains many photos, scanned documents, maps and printable Document Analysis Worksheets
http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/constitution-workshop/index.html#worksheets

US White House Kids

About the Constitution - links to images, facts http://www.immigrationdirect.com/us-constitution.jsp

Learn More About our Constitutiton

The Constitution of the United States from Enchanted Learning
Site includes Intro to Constitution, Read the Constitution, Read the Bill of Rights, Read all the amendemtns, Timeline, Glossary, worksheets and printables.
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/history/us/documents/constitution/

Glossary from Constitution Facts.com
http://www.constitutionfacts.com/index.cfm?section=funZone&page=glossaryOfTerms.cfm

US White House Kids

About the Constitution - links to images, facts http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids/constitution/

Constitution Text http://www.whitehouse.gov/kids/constitution/transcript.html

Ben's Guide to Government

Ben's Guide to Government, 3 -5 http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/documents/constitution/index.html

About the Constitution http://bensguide.gpo.gov/3-5/documents/constitution/about.html

Trivia http://bensguide.gpo.gov/9-12/documents/constitution/trivia.html

The Constiution for Kids

The Constitution for Kids, written for K - 3 http://www.usconstitution.net/constkidsK.html

The Constitution for Kids, written for 4 - 7 http://www.usconstitution.net/constkids4.html

Text of the Constitution (for older kids) http://bensguide.gpo.gov/9-12/documents/constitution/constitution.html

 

It's time to test your Constitutional Knowledge. Visit the activities page!

 


Kathleen Martell, Instructional Technolgy Sepcialist
Needham Public Schools, Needham MA
August 2007