September 17th, 1787 is the anniversary of the United States Constitution and the start of Constitution Week. So often we hear or read about “Constitutional Rights” and freedoms being debated, taken away, or altered in various ways.
This week my kids will be reviewing, researching, and notebooking all things constitutional so it will be clear to them just what our constitutional rights are.
Below are some of the resources we will be incorporating into our Constitution Week homeschool studies.
Constitution Day History and Quizzes http://www.ducksters.com/holidays/constitution_day.php
Read the Constitution and explore the resources from The National Constitutional Center http://constitutioncenter.org/
US Government Learning Adventures, Glossary, and Games for all ages and levels https://bensguide.gpo.gov/
Constitutional Convention Video Playlist : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLkEA8hf_nThc3xwl5EF09aGYFS3PEqIQ
- Liberty’s Kids #40- We the People
- Three Branches Rap
- Constitution Style (Gangnam Style parody)
- The Great Compromise Explained in 5 Minutes
- The Great Compromise Song
- All 27 Amendments (in four minutes)
- Bill of Rights (Shake It Off parody)
This song is from my childhood (from Saturday morning cartoons) and it is how I’ve always remembered the preamble to the constitution. This is also how my older kids have learned it. Now it’s time to pass it down to the youngest two. School House Rock – The Constitution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0EfnNUt_nwY&list=PLKt00sUUapAJAcxUs2rp75ymjPMki6noW
Learn and Remember the Bill Of Rights with these Hand Signals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgD1E3gBTWU
Mini posters of how a bill becomes a law, the Bill of Rights, and branches of government (you will need an account to get the downloads, but it isn’t complicated and it’s free) http://www.kidsdiscover.com/celebrate-constitution-day/
Copywork and Trivia Printables http://www.homeschoolcreations.net/2013/09/constitution-day-printables/
Constitution lesson plans, including debate excercises http://constitutioncenter.org/learn/educational-resources/lesson-plans/to-sign-or-not-to-sign-the-ultimate-constitution-day-lesson-plan
Calligraphy and Making Quill and Ink Resources http://www.franw.com/2015/08/calligraphy-resources.html