Constitution Day, September 17th
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.
||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 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
Site contains many photos, scanned documents, maps and printable Document Analysis 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.
Glossary from Constitution Facts.com
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
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