This handwritten congressional copy of the amendment that banned slavery is signed by President Lincoln and others.
Students will research and nominate Founders for the Liberty Medal as if it were 1788, the year after the Constitution was signed.
This clever twist on the classic cootie catcher tests your knowledge of the first 10 amendments.
The first charter, or constitution, adopted by the 13 states following the American Revolution.
Students learn about the specific rights and freedoms protected by the Bill of Rights, one of our nation's most important documents.
Get more familiar with the Bill of Rights with this simple bingo game.
Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline is an online experience highlighting some of the key dates and events that mark more than 200 years of our constitutional history.
Learn how the Constitution was amended to allow the federal government to impose an income tax, and learn where those tax dollars go today.
Celebrate the writing of the Constitution by going inside the Convention at the National Constitution Center’s Signers’ Hall!
Just in time for the 2012 election, this engaging, interactive lesson traces the history of the American presidency.
Learn about basic terms from the Constitution with this word puzzle.
This activity is perfect for commemorating Tax Day.
This lesson provides an in-depth look at presidential elections, specifically the role of television commercials in campaigning.
Follow this guide and see how your voice can be heard.
This lesson helps students understand how the First Amendment establishes key freedoms of expression for Americans.
Here's your chance to run for president!
In this lesson, students will examine how the concepts of private property and honor are interconnected.
In this lesson, students learn about the role of bureaucracy in U.S. government.
In this lesson, students delve into the characteristics, accomplishments, and historical significance of Liberty Medal winners.
This lesson will ask students to explore the meaning of liberty using primary sources and other contexts.
This lesson is designed to be used in conjunction with the Living News theatrical performance at the National Constitution Center.
The Magna Carta, or “Great Charter,” established the rule of law.
Explore the Center’s main exhibition and complete activities around the topic of responsible citizenship.
This document was an agreement drafted by the settlers of the first New England colony.
Make a mini model of the home of the nation's president.
Explore how music has shaped Americans’ understanding of their history.
In this lesson, students will analyze how people throughout history have exercised their First Amendment rights to express their opinions.
A perspective by Kim Lane Scheppele, professor of law, political science, and sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.
A perspective by Akhil Reed Amar, professor of law at Yale University Law School, and Douglas W. Kmiec, dean of Catholic University Law School.
This lesson acquaints young students with the Bill of Rights through reading and discussing picture books.
Have fun getting to know the phrases of the Preamble while you unscramble the puzzle.
Your team is about to set off on a historic journey: running a presidential campaign!
This lesson allows students to research and assess the actions of the president.
Learn about the states that ratified the Constitution with this word puzzle.
In this lesson, students will consider how respect and freedom of expression intersect and their role in maintaining a free society.
Engage students through rap and hip-hop music with the Center’s partner, Rhythm, Rhyme, Results.
This lesson explores the phrase “secure the Blessings of Liberty” from the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution through the Liberty Medal Ceremony and its recipient.
Learn all about voting rights throughout history in this online game.
This lesson shows students firsthand how the three branches of government work together through separation of powers and checks and balances.
This lesson will engage students in the president’s annual address to Congress.
In honor of Tax Day, this cootie catcher offers helpful tips on managing your personal finances.
Full text of the U.S. Constitution translated into Spanish.
Ten essential facts about the U.S. Constitution.
The first public printing of the Constitution was printed on September 19, 1787.
Read the full text of the U.S. Constitution.
An image of the original handwritten, signed U.S. Constitution.
The Constitution of the United States as a printable PDF file.
Full text of the U.S. Constitution translated into Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Simplified Chinese.
Students will examine the ideas that the Founding Fathers brought to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, and use them to analyze the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
On Constitution Day, students will examine the role of the people in shaping the U.S. Constitution.
Celebrate freedom by making your own Uncle Sam hat.
Learn about the history of voting rights with this word puzzle.
In this lesson, students will examine the constitutional, legal, political, and historical sources of the continuing debate over war powers.
This series of lessons teaches students about the election process and encourages them to be active citizens in their community.
Lesson one looks at the contributions made by people from other countries who have come and made their homes here.
Lesson two examines the Constitution as the foundation of our government.
Lesson three continues to develop the students’ understanding of the Constitution by examining the Bill of Rights.
Lesson four focuses on the principles of justice and the role of the judiciary.
Lesson five provides opportunities for students to examine issues from different points of views.
Lesson six investigates the concept of leadership.
Lesson seven builds on the skills of previous lessons.
Lesson eight celebrates student engagement.
We the School is an innovative new form of student government created at Constitution High School in Philadelphia.
This lesson explores the Fifth Amendment issues at stake in the Supreme Court case of Kelo v. City of New London.
In this lesson, students will consider the reasons that many Americans do not vote in national elections.
Our engaging, dynamic exhibits and programs are aligned with state and national standards so you can connect your field trip with your classroom curriculum.
Download the Guide to Standards-Aligned Exhibits & Programs.
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