Today is Constitution Day, marking the 223rd anniversary of the signing of the document that laid the foundation for the United States of America. And for students in public school, today is a government-mandated learning opportunity.
In 2004, Congress renamed the former “Citizenship Day” to “Constitution and Citizenship Day.” At the urging of the late West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, the resolution included a requirement that educational institutions that receive Federal funds must hold an educational program on the Constitution on September 17 of each year.
But don’t let the learning stop when the bell rings. Here are some fun activities for kids that will educate and entertain them as they learn more about the U.S. Constitution.
Constitution Game – From Scholastic, this online activity involves sorting statements from the Constitution into their proper places in the document. In addition to the game, you’ll find lots of information about the Constitution, an opportunity to vote in the Bill of Rights poll and an article by Constitution expert Caroline Kennedy.
Life Without the The Bill of Rights – An interactive game from the Bill of Rights Institute, players experience what life would be like without their constitutionally-protected rights and freedoms. You will also find links to other activities and information including quizzes, lesson plans and printable pocket Constitutions.
Holiday Zone – Here you will find a collection of coloring pages and worksheets for kids of all ages.
Think you already know everything there is to know about being an American? Put your knowledge to the test by answering some sample questions from the same Naturalization Test given to people seeking American citizenship.
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