Constitution Day

Constitution Day

September 17, 2018

Do-Now Discussion

Would you have signed the Constitution in 1787? Why or why not?

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 on-line resources in your classroom.

CONSTITUTION DAY IN THE CLASSROOM

Visit our Constitution Day website to find fantastic classroom resources: constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday

Featured Resources Include: 

Interactive Constitution
Explore the best, non-partisan, interactive Constitution on the web, featuring explanatory materials for students in grades 8-12, written by the top constitutional scholars in the country from across the political spectrum—a must-have tool for every classroom!
Made possible by the generosity of the John Templeton Foundation and developed in partnership with the College Board.
constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday

Constitution Hall Pass
Give your students a “hall pass” to travel through American history without leaving the classroom! Our Constitution Hall Pass video lesson series has been watched by millions of students and teachers nationwide.  It’s also a three-time Telly Award winner for excellence in education. 

Constitution Day Live Chat
Our experts are answering all of your Constitution Day Questions!  Ask us about the Interactive Constitution, the Constitution Hall Pass videos, events at the museum, and more! Available September 17-21, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. EDT.
constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday

Live Blog Constitution Day 2017
 

Lesson Plans, Games, and Activities

Celebrate at At the Museum

  • Museum admission is FREE on September 17, 2018
  • Spots fill quickly! Call 215-409-6800 to make your reservation

Flag Raising Ceremony and Preamble Challenge
8:30 A.M., Front Lawn
To kick off the day, visitors can join the Sons of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Revolution for a patriotic flag raising ceremony and a live performance of the Star-Spangled Banner. The opening ceremony will also include an announcement of new National Constitution Center educational resources and initiatives. To conclude the ceremony, National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen will lead students in a rousing reading of the Preamble of the Constitution.

Judge Chats: The Courts in the Community
10 A.M., 10:30 A.M., 11 A.M., 11:30 A.M., 12 P.M., 12:30 P.M., Bank of America Family Theater
*This program is open to student groups, and advanced reservations are required. Speak to a Group Sales Representative at 215-409-6800.
Students and teachers can attend one of these great sessions with real judges, where they will have the opportunity to speak with experts on the interpretation of law and about how the Constitution can affect everyday life.

2017 Constitution Day Naturalization Ceremony
10:30-11:30 A.M., F.M. Kirby Auditorium
*Seating for this event is limited. Priority will be given to immigrants and their families.
50 immigrants from across the globe will take the Oath of Allegiance to officially become citizens of the United States.  All of the new citizens will be given lifetime memberships to the National Constitution Center. 

The Constitution’s Birthday Celebration
12:30 P.M., Grand Hall Overlook
During the lunch hour, the museum offers cake (shaped and designed to look like the Constitution) and invites visitors to sing along to Happy Birthday and other favorite tunes to celebrate the anniversary of the Constitution’s signing. This celebration is complete with confetti and appearances by Father of the Constitution James Madison.

 

Additional Student Programs

Constitution Day Live Blog
7 A.M. to 6 P.M., Google Lab
Visitors can watch as our team of constitutional experts chat live with students and teachers across the country, answering all of their Constitution Day questions!

Constitution Day Games and Activities
9:30 A.M. – 3:30 P.M., Front Lawn and Grand Hall Lobby and Overlook

  • At Historic Character Meet and Greets, visitors can interact with famous figures from history, including founding fathers James Madison, Ben Franklin and George Washington.
  • Guests can check out our giant version of the U.S. Constitution and sign your names alongside Washington, Franklin, and Madison.
  • Visitors themselves can don colonial outfits at our Dress Up station, and pose for one-of-a-kind photos!
  • Outside, visitors can play graces, hoop and stick, nine pin, and other games popular during the Revolutionary era.
  • Calligraphers will be on hand doing demonstrations and creating great souvenir bookmarks for visitors.
  • Visitors will also have the opportunity to step inside an actual voting booth to learn about the election process!  In partnership with the Philadelphia City Commissioner’s Office
  • There will also be great make-and-take craft projects for visitors to create!

Bill of Rights Show
10:15 A.M., 11:45 A.M., 1:15 P.M., Richard and Helen DeVos Exhibit Hall
Who wants to be a “Bill”-ionaire? In the museum’s fast-paced game show, visitors face off in a fun competition testing their Bill of Rights knowledge while an engaging host reveals the real deal about our amendments and freedoms.

Separation of Powers show
10 A.M., 11:30 A.M., 1:30 P.M., Grand Hall Overlook Stage
This high-energy show explores how our Constitution limits government by separating powers—a truly revolutionary idea! Take part in an educational tug-of-war game between the executive, legislative, and judicial branches while learning about checks and balances.

Pass the Citizenship Test show
10:30 A.M., 2 P.M., Grand Hall Overlook Stage
Do you know what it takes to become an American citizen? During this engaging program, you’ll learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and gain insight into our country and our freedoms.

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