Elementary School Resources

The National Archives and Records Administration

Bill of Rights Institute

Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation - Download this lesson plan resource from the Bill of Rights Institute to accompany your visit to the National Constitution Center. This lesson on Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation has students analyze Lincoln’s decision to issue the proclamation and the significance of the document as a turning point in the development of the nation. Students will read a background essay detailing the history of the Emancipation Proclamation, participate in a role-playing exercise, and analyze excerpts from Lincoln’s speeches. Check out Bill of Rights Institute’s website for additional resources.

American Institute for History Education

AIHE is a leading provider of technology-based classroom and professional development resources for History, Social Studies and Language Arts teachers. An award-winning organization, AIHE was founded in 2003 to provide teachers with classroom tools designed to increase the overall academic achievement of students.

Gilder Lehrman

Free Download of Yankee Doodle, a song from An American Sampler: Selected Poems and Songs that Celebrate our Nation’s Past, Courtesy of the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

“Yankee Doodle” was a favorite song during the American Revolution.  British soldiers first sang it to mock the Americans, but American soldiers soon claimed it as their own, singing it as the British retreated from Concord and Lexington. They also made up verses making fun of their own officers, including General Washington.

Bill of Rights Game

A fun interactive game for elementary-aged students to reconstruct the Bill of Rights using our basic freedoms.

Meet the Founders

Complete biographies of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

10 Fast Facts on the Constitution

Fast Facts and teach TEN key facts about the Constitution.

Centuries of Citizenship – A Constitutional Timeline

Discover how 200 years of constitutional history has been shaped through a collection of stories and headlines spotlighting some of the people, events and issues in American history.

Printable Text of the U.S. Constitution

Download the full text of the Constitution as a PDF in English or in any of the 10 other languages available!

Founding Documents – Full Text

Read the full text of several founding documents, including the Magna Carta and Mayflower Compact among many others.

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