Bill of Rights Day
IN THE CLASSROOM
In December 1791 the first 10 amendments to the Constitution were ratified, and the National Constitution Center wants to celebrate this historic anniversary with you in your classroom! We have a wide array of resources to help you teach the Bill of Rights, all available on our Interactive Constitution: Classroom Edition.
First Amendment Plan of Study
This two-week course includes videos, lesson plans, and discussion questions which will help students analyze primary and secondary source documents via the Interactive Constitution.
Observe Bill of Rights Day by discussing the First Amendment freedoms of Religion, Speech, Press, Assembly, and Petition with students elsewhere in the country with a Classroom Exchange.
Plus: Discover the documents that influenced the Bill of Rights with our Writing Rights interactive.
More Video Lessons:
- The original “Bill of Rights” video discusses the origins of the historic document.
- The “Bill of Rights: Second Edition” episode explores the first 10 amendments in more detail.
- The “Classroom Discussion Series” looks at how the Bill of Rights applies in modern-day scenarios, and helps teachers spark conversations in their classrooms.
AT THE CENTER
Visitors can celebrate the anniversary of the Bill of Rights, which gave us many of the rights and freedoms we enjoy today. Visitors can view a rare, original copy of the historic Bill of Rights and learn about the first ten amendments during a fast-paced, interactive game show called “Who wants to be a “Bill-ionaire?” Plus, take a special tour of Signers’ Hall to learn about the history of the Bill of Rights and why it was left out of the original U.S. Constitution. At activity tables, visitors can create arts-and-crafts and play constitutional matching games!
Preamble Scramble and Amendment Match-Up
All Day, Grand Hall Lobby
Visitors can make arts and craft projects and solve puzzles to place the segments of the Constitution’s preamble in the correct order and match up the right freedoms with the correct amendments.
Bill of Rights Show
Grand Hall Lobby
Who wants to be a “Bill-ionaire?” In this fast-paced game show, visitors face off in competition testing their Bill of Rights knowledge while the Center’s educators reveal the history of our nation’s amendments and freedoms.
Bill of Rights Day Museum Tour
Meet in Signers’ Hall
Visitors can experience a special Bill of Rights tour of the National Constitution Center’s signature exhibits, including Signers’ Hall and The Story of We the People exhibit, and learn about some of the most famous Bill of Rights-related court cases.