Preamble Challenge

Check Constitution Day planning off your back-to-school to-do list! Find terrific classroom activities and lessons for all grade levels with our free online Teacher Toolkit. Take our Preamble Challenge, and on September 17, share your videos and photos on Twitter and Instagram using #renewcivics and #preamblechallenge. We want to see all sorts of creative ideas for learning about the Preamble. We also have an interactive map where you can sign up and see your school featured.

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A More Perfect Union: George Washington and the Making of the Constitution

This animated video from George Washington’s Mount Vernon highlights the Constitutional Convention and George Washington’s role in the formation of the new government. Events covered in the video include the causes leading to the 1787 Constitutional Convention, the numerous compromises included in the document , and the challenges in ratifying the Constitution. The video has a run time of 23 minutes and is broken into three chapters for easy navigation.

For more resources from Mount Vernon, go here.

Why Do People Form Governments?

This short lesson for early elementary students is intended to introduce them to the concept of government and how one of the most important purposes of government is to keep us safe. Students will also be introduced to the Constitution and the three branches of government in this lesson from the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship at the Lou Frey Institute.

For more resources from the FJCC, go here.

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