On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history: the United States Constitution. This document established the framework of our government and the rights and freedoms that “We the People” enjoy today.
Every year, the National Constitution Center hosts the best Constitution Day Celebration in the country. We are the place to turn to help you commemorate that historic day while meeting your federal education requirements. Join us at the museum for outstanding and engaging programs or use our fantastic online resources in your classroom.
Constitution Day at the Center with FREE ADMISSION
Join us for the launch of our Constitutional Ambassadors Program, participate in a spirited reading of the Constitution’s preamble, take part in engaging discussions, sign our giant Constitution, and enjoy a piece of birthday cake! Spots fill quickly! Call 215-409-6800 to make your reservation. Learn More >>
Constitution Day Resources for the Classroom
SIGN UP NOW: Classroom Exchanges
Teachers can register their classes to discuss a big constitutional question with a classroom elsewhere in the United States. The Center will facilitate these dialogues by pairing classrooms, connecting them with an expert moderator, and setting up videoconferencing sessions.
NEW: First Amendment Plan of Study
During this two-week course students use the Interactive Constitution and related videos and other resources to explore and discuss the different clauses of the First Amendment.
COMING SOON: Interactive Constitution Classroom Edition
Launching Constitution Day, the Classroom Edition is a cutting-edge, multimedia digital platform that includes educational videos, lessons, and other multimedia teaching resources that build on the Interactive Constitution, providing trusted, nonpartisan constitutional resources for middle and high school.
Video Lessons: The Constitutional Convention
Take a virtual tour of the National Constitution Center’s iconic Signers Hall and learn more about the historic summer of 1787. Looking for a fun instructional video about the Constitution to use in your classroom? Check out our extensive library of Video Lessons.
Constitution Day Classroom Celebration Kit
Download everything you need to celebrate in your classroom! Our “Constitutional Convention” video lesson makes a fantastic introduction to the unit. You can print a poster-sized United States Constitution for your students to sign (or not) and have them make their own Preamble T-Shirts. Then, have your class join students across the country as they take the Preamble Challenge. You can tie everything together with one of our great lesson plans, and finally, have students download the Interactive Constitution App, so they’ll have a pocket Constitution handy all year long!
- Constitution Hall Pass Video: The Constitutional Convention
- Printable Poster
- Preamble T-Shirt Printout
- Preamble Challenge
- Interactive Constitution App
Lesson Plans and Activities
- The Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights: An Interactive Constitution Lesson Plan
- The First Amendment Plan of Study
- The Interactive Constitution and the 2nd Amendment Lesson Plan
- The Interactive Constitution and the 4th Amendment Lesson Plan
- The Interactive Constitution and the 8th Amendment Lesson Plan
- To Sign or Not to Sign Lesson Plan
- Preamble Challenge Lesson Plan
- Founders Library-Think Like a Founder
- Preamble Puzzle
- Tri-corner hat craft
- Which Founder Are You? Quiz
- Amendment Cootie Catchers
- Founding Fathers biographies