1-2-3 Come Do Some Constitution Day Activities With Me
Holy Moly where is September flying off to? Constitution Day is this Thursday the 17th! Boy did that ever sneak up fast!
Are you looking for something quick, easy & fun that your kiddos can do on Constitution Day that they can wrap their brains around?
How ‘bout a patriotic number puzzle? It’s a great way to fulfill the “Do something related to the Constitution on September 17th” requirement.
Later, you can still use these puzzles for any other patriotic holidays that roll around.
I’ve included a variety of puzzles that count by 1s to 10, count backwards from 10 to 1, as well as skip count by 10s to 100.
Print, laminate & trim the full color ones and use as an independent center.
I’ve included portraits of some of the “Framers”, so when you discuss the men who worked on the Constitution, you can show them a picture puzzle that they can assemble.
I’ve also included black and white options, so that students can color and cut up their own puzzle.
Be sure and give them some background facts to go with the various puzzles, so that they can share this information when they get home.
For an interesting “craftivity” have students glue their puzzle to a sheet of red or blue construction paper. Remind them to leave a little bit of a gap between each numbered strip to create an especially cool mosaic effect.
For an awesome “Look what we did on Constitution Day” bulletin board, scatter completed projects on a white background, trimmed with a patriotic stars & stripes border.
Older students can complete a writing prompt on the back of their puzzle. Share then suspend from the ceiling. This 58-page packet is just 2.95. Click on the link to pop on over to my TpT shop to take a peek and let the fun begin. 25 Constitution Day Number Puzzles
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Well that's it for now. Thanks for stoppin' by. My brain is fried from doing research about Constitution Day.
Time for a much-needed break. Wishing you a carefree day.
"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself." - Benjamin Franklin
1-2-3 Come Do Some Vocabulary Building With Me
If your school has to fulfill the Constitution Day educational requirement, you'll enjoy this vocabulary-building packet. There is a lot of vocabulary that goes along with explaining the Constitution. Many of these words are new to your students.
To help kiddos understand the Constitution, it's necessary to go over this vocabulary. To make this easy-peasy for you, I made an alphabetical list of 42 words related to the Constitution.
If you thought of anymore, I'd enjoy hearing from you, and will add them to my list. firstname.lastname@example.org
I used the list to make 42 cute patriotic word cards. Choose the ones that are appropriate for your grade level.
You can use these in a pocket chart or as flashcards to explain words and give definitions, then post them by your word wall.
There are also 42 definition cards. I numbered these so they match the list of words.
This makes it easy for you to match the word cards up with their definitions. Make an extra set and use as an independent center.
You can also play all sorts of games with the cards, like Memory Match or "I Have; Who Has?"
Hold up a card and ask students to read it. Who is familiar with this word? Can anyone give a definition?
Place the cards in separate baskets. Have students choose a card from each basket and give the definition of the word card that they chose or the word that is being defined. Students can work with a partner and alphabetize some cards, or play "Speed" against each other to see who can alphabetize their set first.
Use the cards for Daily 5 word work. Choose several cards for students to use in a sentence. and/or have older students think of synonyms for some of the word cards.
I've included a cover so students can make a Constitution Vocabulary Dictionary as well. Constitution Day Word Work Packet.
Click on the link to view/download the Constitution Day Word Work packet.
Thanks for visiting today. I'm off to go figure out how to turn the new thermostat to heat instead of air.
Unfortunately the fall weather today is a bit chilly on the outside, as well as the inside. Hope you have a fun-filled day.
"Teamwork divides the task and multiplies success." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Do Some Constitution Day Activities With Me
With a federal mandate that any schools accepting federal funds, need to do some educational activity associated with the Constitution, on September 17th, I wanted to think up something that my Y5’s could easily understand.
With everything else that teachers have to cover, I also wanted what we did to be something simple and especially relevant to them.
This packet does exactly that, because I've tied it into classroom management: jobs of students and teachers, as well as the rules and regulations they must follow.
These activities not only tie in with the Constitution, they are quick and easy to implement. Children can wrap their heads around these Constitutional comparisons and the result will be a more caring classroom climate, with less inappropriate behavior.
The Constitution is a document that serves as the foundation of American government. To help explain this to students, make a document of jobs as well as rules for your classroom and have all of the children sign it.
The Constitution is broken up into 3 branches. (Legislative, Executive, and Judicial) They all have specific jobs. Like wise, teachers and students have jobs.
First, discuss and make a list of all the jobs and responsibilities of a good student. Then make up a list of jobs (responsibilities) for teachers. I’ve included headers for you to put up on your board, so that you can brainstorm with your students and write things under the appropriate heading.
Children’s discussion will often involve what they think the qualities of a good student and good teacher are. I’m sure some of their ideas will make you smile. ( “Teachers need to smell nice.” )
Write students’ ideas on the board. I’ve included a completed list of things we thought of to help you, as well as blank templates to fill in your own. I’d enjoy seeing what your kiddos come up with. You can e-mail me at: email@example.com
Hang up your lists on a bulletin board. There’s also a poster that you can put in the middle of your board, after all of your students have signed it.
Next, discuss your rules. Because students have been in school for several weeks, you’ve hopefully have already established a list of rules with them. If you don't have a set of rules posted, click on the link for my simple rules poster.
Review the rules and make a list of them on the board. (Tie this in with the Constitution, as our country also has rules, which are laws that people must follow.)
Discuss how things are going . Is everyone following the rules? Are they good rules; fair rules; necessary? Do you need to change, modify, or add any rules? (Tie this in with the Constitution by briefly explaining the amendments to the Constitution.) I've included a writing prompt page where students can jot down 3 reasons why doing their job and following rules is important.
What are the consequences of not following the rules? What do they think would happen if there were no rules to follow and everyone adopted an “anything goes” attitude? (Briefly discuss the correlation of this to the Constitution’s checks, balances and punishment for breaking laws.)
An easy way to make your classroom constitution is to make a social contract. Head your poster: “We the (kindergarten) students of (Orchard Trails Elementary) promise to . . .” and then list what students feel are important promises (rules, jobs and responsibilities).
Have each child sign the poster. (Remember to have new students sign it too.) This is now a working document (like the Constitution). Discuss how signing something is a big deal. This is binding. Even young children understand the importance of a promise and following through. (“But you promised . . .) If the class as a whole, or an individual student, is not keeping their promises per the terms of your social contract, refer to the poster and ask:
“Did you promise to follow the rules, be a good listener, be kind to one another? etc.” (Obviously they did.) After thy take responsibility for their actions then ask: “What would have been a better choice? What should happen now?” Click on the link to view/download the Constitution Day Jobs & Rules Packet.
I found a cute social contract over at Corner Character blog spot. I like how she wrote each promise in a different color marker and then had students add their painted handprint to the side of the chart, adding their names when the paint dried.
I designed my own social contract, tracing my students' hands on a variety of colors of construction paper.
I glued our "promise poster" to the center of a piece of tag board, then "framed" it with the colorful prints.
For more accountability, have children sign their own names, which makes them feel important & more accountable. For added pizzazz, when school pictures come back, copy, cut & glue one to each child's hand.
Our social contract has been so successful, that I decided to share it in a "School Rules Classroom Management" packet. Click on the link to check it out.
Follow up these activities by reading “We the Kids” by David Catrow. He makes understanding the Preamble to the Constitution accessible to children in a fun and humorous way. A glossary of terms and a foreword by the artist are also included.
Since the Preamble is one of the most famous and familiar parts of the Constitution, I’ve included several trace and write worksheets in the packet.
I find that a short video is often the best way to review and get more information into my students’ minds. A nice way to end your day is to choose a short video from this American history website.
The first one is only 4 minutes, another on the Founding Fathers is 3 minutes and a final one entitled America Gets A Constitution is 4 minutes. They are easy for little ones to understand and include some good background information.
Thanks for visiting. Time to go watch the Detroit Lions hopefully win a football game!
"If you want to know where your heart is, go to where your mind goes when it wanders." -Unknown
CONSTITUTION DAY is coming up September 17th. Click on the link for my lesson that I do with my Y5's. Centers and song are below.
Making Parchment Paper
Writing with a QUILL
Quill Pattern Pens
Constitution Autograph Scrolls