This toolkit contains a wide range of resources for all grades for putting together a Constitution Day or Preamble Challenge activity at your school, library or community to celebrate the signing of the Constitution on September 17. What’s the Challenge? Come up with the most creative way to learn about the Preamble! We’re talking about raps, dances, skits, and more! The toolkit provides activities, lessons and other ways to share the great work of your students and be part of this national celebration! Want to share your event with the media? Download this model press release. Now, get started by exploring the resources below.
America’s Founders Online
Explore the lives of 25 of the men and women who helped to frame our constitutional republic system of government. You will find a short biography, famous quotes, and free related lessons for each founder.
New Resources! Constitution Guides
Annenberg Constitution Guide: What It Says, What It MeansAnnenberg ClassroomGrades 6-12
This interactive guide to the U.S. Constitution provides the original text of each article and amendment and the meaning of each.
Interactive ConstitutionNational Constitution CenterGrades 9-12
For each provision of the Constitution, scholars of different perspectives discuss what they agree upon, and what they disagree about.
Constitution for KidsConSourceGrades 6-12
The U.S. Constitution for Kids offers educators and students the opportunity to read the original text of the Constitution alongside unbiased translations that are easy for students to understand.
Preamble Challenge LessonNational Constitution CenterAll Grades
Students discuss three key questions about the Preamble, then identify the six functions of the Constitution as established in the Preamble and determine their meaning.
Learning About the PreambleFlorida Joint Center for Citizenship at the Lou Frey InstituteGrades 4-12
Teachers show students a short video about the Constitution, then use a viewing guide, vocabulary practice, and quiz to reinforce the information. The lesson is in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.
Blogging the Bill of RightsNewseumEDGrades 6-12
Students imagine that in the 1780s, computers and internet access exist. After reviewing the Federalist and Anti-Federalist views, they design a web page and write a blog post for or against a bill of rights.
The Constitution as a Job Description George Washington’s Mount VernonGrades 6-8
Students use Articles I and II of the Constitution and George Washington’s notes on his personal copy of the document to create a job description for the president in 1787.
Preamble to the Constitution: How Do You Make a More Perfect Union? EDSITEmentGrades K-5
Five activities are offered with two guiding questions: How does the language of the Preamble reflect historical events and the goals the founders had for the future? What does the Preamble mean?
What Does the Preamble Mean? American Bar AssociationGrades 9-12
Students will compare the U.S. Constitution’s Preamble with preambles from two state constitutions. They will consider the relevance of the Preamble’s ideals today, then have the chance to rewrite the Preamble and provide their rationale.
The Bill of Rights: Debating the Amendments Library of CongressGrades 9-12
This lesson is an introduction to primary source analysis and is best used with students who have a basic understanding of the Bill of Rights and the amendment process.
We the Students: Writing a Class ConstitutionConstitutional Rights Foundation ChicagoGrades 4-12
Students translate the Preamble into everyday language, write a preamble about the purposes and functions of their classroom, then generate possible classroom rules, selecting five as “articles” for their constitution.
The Constitution in Today’s AmericaABOTA FoundationGrades 6-8
The activities in this lesson address the essential question “What role does the Constitution play in shaping and protecting its citizens’ choice to live in a free society that serves the common good – in the past, present and future?
The United States ConstitutionCore Knowledge FoundationGrades 4-8
This unit explores the creation and central ideas of the Constitution. Students learn how the Founding Fathers, confronted by the shortcomings of the Articles of Confederation, worked to form a new government.
Watch these videos to learn about the three branches of government, the founders and the Constitution.
Facts of Congress: The Bill of RightsIndiana University Center on Representative GovernmentGrades 4-6
This one-minute video is part of a series of 20 quick, student-friendly videos exploring topics such as separation of powers, checks and balances, and federalism
George Washington & the Making of the ConstitutionGeorge Washington’s Mount VernonGrades 6-12
This 23-minute video highlights the Constitutional Convention and Washington’s role in the formation of the new government. The video is broken into three chapters for easy navigation.
Forgotten FoundersJames Madison Memorial Fellowship FoundationGrades 9-12
This five-minute video examines why some founders, such as John Dickinson and Samuel Adams, have been “forgotten” by subsequent generations.
Court Shorts: An Impartial Federal JudiciaryU.S. CourtsGrades 9-12
This five-minute video focuses on the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary. What does this concept mean to you? Students question federal judges on these principles.
Key Constitutional Concepts: Creating the ConstitutionAnnenberg ClassroomGrades 7-12
This 20-minute video explores why and how the Constitution was created at the Constitutional Convention, identifies the conflicts and issues, such as adding a bill of rights.
Help Restore the Bill of RightsNational Constitution CenterGrades 2-6
Find the rights and freedoms in Freeville that are protected by the Bill of Rights. When you have finished, you may print, sign and date your own copy of the Bill of Rights.
Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government GamesU.S. Government Publishing OfficeAll Grades
Have fun with word searches, crosswords, and quizzes about our federal government and play the Place the States game and Branch-O-Mania.
Race to RatifyiCivicsGrades 6-12
It’s 1787, and the Constitution has been signed. But will it be ratified? Players learn about the different opinions, then influence others through the social media of the time – pamphlets.
Branches of PoweriCivicsGrades 6-12
Students take control of the three branches of government with all the duties, responsibilities and conflicts. It’s a lot to juggle!
Annenberg Classroom’s That’s Your RightAnnenberg ClassroomGrades 6-12
This engaging online card game with three levels of play, offers scenarios involving the 10 amendments in the Bill of Rights.
Madison’s Notes Are MissingBill of Rights InstituteGrades 6-12
Players travel back in time to question delegates at the Constitutional Convention on five topics. They cast their votes as if they were a delegate, then learn what actually happened.