I always like to try to combine my social studies curriculum with my language arts, and Constitution Day is no exception. Combining my Constitution activities during both subjects means I'm not confined to a single subject or block of time.
First, I like to make an anchor chart as a class of freedoms at home and school. I keep it up for reference during the Constitution Day activities. More on that later!
After making the anchor chart, we read a book I LOVE, We the Kids, to teach the preamble! It's great for read-aloud or you can assign parts of it to older students to explore.
Flipped Classroom idea: There's also plenty of videos on YouTube of people reading the book. You could assign the video for homework the night/days before Constitution Day. Then, students can come in and be ready to talk about it without a read-aloud.
After reading the book and/or watching the video, we revisit our anchor chart and put stars beside the freedoms that were also mentioned in the Preamble.
Next, I like to explore the vocabulary of the Preamble because it is so
The first version of the organizer provides support with pictures and synonyms for the meaning of the Preamble vocabulary.
The second organizer is a "challenge" for students who are ready to tackle synonyms and vocabulary independently.
Do you have Constitution Day activities or materials that make the day fun? I'd love to hear about them!