Create a preamble to explain the purpose and reasoning behind the classroom rules. Developing a classroom preamble will provide students with a relevant connection to the actual Preamble to the US Constitution. It will also give students a sense of ownership over the classroom policies they follow each day.
Send students on a Constitution scavenger hunt! A Constitution WebQuest is a great way to encourage critical thinking skills and incorporate technology. Create the WebQuest questions on your own or find no-prep versions on Teachers Pay Teachers.
8. Current Event
Connect the Constitution to a real-world event using a current event report. Have students locate and report on a current article in the news related to the Constitution. In addition to making relevant connections to the Constitution, completing a standards-based current event report will reinforce skills needed for successfully reading informational text.
9. Story Time
Clearly explain how the Constitution was created using a children’s book. A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution combines words and pictures to make a difficult concept accessible to all students. Extend the lesson by having students summarize the Constitution story using the 5Ws (who, what, when, where, and why).
10. Escape Room
Students love escape rooms! An escape room activity gives students a chance to work cooperatively, solve puzzles, and complete tasks in order to accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time. Visit Teachers Pay Teachers for a variety of Constitution escape rooms. Your students will be engaged, and your Constitution Day lesson will be covered!
Looking beyond Constitution Day? Take the stress out of teaching a difficult concept with differentiated Constitution worksheets! Each worksheet focuses on a different aspect of the Constitution and includes informational text, vocabulary support, and a graphic organizer.
I’ve been looking for a way to help my students understand the different parts of the Constitution and these lessons are amazing! -Megan H.