Federal law mandates that all schools receiving federal funding, pre-K through college, hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution on September 17th, also know as, Constitution Day. Helping first graders understand the importance of the Constitution in a meaningful way can be a challenge.
Here are some ideas to help your plan for Constitution Day:
This picture book provides a fun and easy introduction to the Preamble of the Constitution!
Have your students design a poster to show how they have benefitted from the freedoms provided by the U.S. Constitution. This Constitution Day Poster contest is sponsored by ConstitutionFacts.com for students in grades K-12, including homeschoolers! Follow this link or click on the image for details and an entry form. You’ll find more information on the Constitution on this website too!
3. Watch and discuss Schoolhouse Rock “We the People Video”
First graders enjoy watching this classic song and cartoon video of the preamble of the Constitution! The video is just 2:45 minutes long, but I found that my first graders enjoyed repeated viewings. Click here to go to the video webpage on YouTube.
4. Wear Red, White, and Blue on September 17 – FREE Printable
A simple way to celebrate this day in first grade is to wear red, white, and blue. Here is the coloring sheet that I sent home the day the day before Constitution Day to remind them of what to wear. Click here or on the image below for your FREE PDF copy:
5. Constitution Day PowerPoint Lesson
Want something “no prep” and ready-to-use? Check out my best-selling Constitution Day PowerPoint lesson! It includes a 24-slide PowerPoint lesson that explains the U.S. Constitution and its history in first grade language. At the end of the PowerPoint, there is a link to view the Schoolhouse Rock “We the People” video on the WatchKnowLearn website. The lesson includes a lesson plan, as well as the wear red, white, and blue coloring sheet above and a follow-up worksheet.
Hope these ideas help make your job a little easier as you prep for Constitution Day!