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"I Have a Dream" Mobiles

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic "I Have a Dream" speech with a mobile that inspires you to think about your own dreams.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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2017 Civic Holiday Calendar

The 2017 calendar explores turning points in American history with fifteen landmark Supreme Court cases. It also celebrates your favorite civic holidays and historical milestones by highlighting events, activities, lesson plans, and resources available at the museum or for use in your classroom.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads

In this online game, learn about Lincoln’s leadership by exploring the political choices he made.

Art of the American Soldier Family Guide

This guide highlights works of art that tell the story of the American soldier through the eyes of combat artists.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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For: Families
Tags: History

Art of the American Soldier Student Guide

This guide highlights works of art that tell the story of the American soldier through the eyes of combat artists.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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Tags: History

Art of the American Soldier: Comparing and Contrasting Photography and Painting in War Art

Students will analyze artwork regarding the historical context of wars and conflicts in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4
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For: Educators
Tags: History

Articles of Confederation

The first charter, or constitution, adopted by the 13 states following the American Revolution.

Ben Franklin Kites

Celebrate one of America's most famous Founding Fathers with a craft inspired by his kite experiment.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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For: Families
Tags: History

Bill of Rights

The first ten Amendments to the Constitution form the Bill of Rights.

Brown v. Board of Education Word Puzzle

Learn about a landmark Supreme Court ruling with this word puzzle.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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Centuries of Citizenship: A Constitutional Timeline

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.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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Cherry Tree Sun Catchers

Make a dazzling sun catcher inspired by the fabled story of George Washington and the cherry tree.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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Cipher Wheel

Use this cipher wheel to create your own secret code!

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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For: Families
Tags: History

Citizenship and Character: Moderation Finding the Balance

In this lesson, students will consider the value of moderation and personal self-discipline in the context of the Founders.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5
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Constitution Hall Pass: Freedom Of Expression From Constitution Day 2011

Learn about how the Constitution protects our rights and the freedom to express ourselves—out loud!

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5
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Constitution Hall Pass: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Legacy of Service

In this episode, we look at Dr. King’s legacy of service—and we’ll even learn about ways that you can serve your community.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5
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Constitution Hall Pass: History of Thanksgiving

Discover the real story of the first Thanksgiving and how the day became a national holiday during the Civil War.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5
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Tags: History

Constitution Hall Pass: The Bill of Rights

Explore the compelling story of our Constitution’s first ten amendments.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5
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Constitution Hall Pass: The Presidency (Constitution Day 2012)

Just in time for the 2012 election, this engaging, interactive lesson traces the history of the American presidency.

Election 2012 Student Guide

Follow this guide and see how your voice can be heard.

Fala Pins

Decorate your own Fala pin and wear it proudly to show your support for the country!

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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Tags: History

Fighting for Democracy Student Guide

This guide examines the stories of seven individuals who fought for freedom by pursuing their dreams and standing up for their rights.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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Tags: History

Founding Fathers Word Puzzle

Learn about the signers of the U.S. Constitution with this word puzzle.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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Tags: History

Fourth of July

This lesson explores the history and meaning of the Declaration of Independence and Independence Day.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3
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Freedom Day Lesson: Elementary School

Students will relate personal experiences to the rights and responsibilities and the meaning of freedom.

Getting to Know the Founding Fathers

Learn more about the signers of the Constitution with these Founding Fathers biographies.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4
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Getting to Know the Founding Fathers

Learn more about the delegates of the Constitutional Convention with these Founding Fathers biographies.

Growing Up, American Style

This lesson helps students see how life has changed for children living in the United States, specifically with respect to child labor.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3
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Lady Liberty Hats

Celebrate freedom by fashioning your own Lady Liberty hat.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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Landmark Court Case: Scott v. Sandford

Using video clips from the Landmark Supreme Court Cases series, a partnership between C-SPAN and the National Constitution Center, students will research and role-play to better understand the legal, social, and economic factors relating to--and implications of--the majority and dissenting opinions in this infamous case.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9
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For: Educators

Landmark Supreme Court Cases: The Slaughter House Cases

Using video clips from the Landmark Supreme Court Cases series, a partnership between C-SPAN and the National Constitution Center, students will investigate the Supreme Court's interpretation of the 14th Amendment in the years after its ratification.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9
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For: Educators

Liberty Bell Sun Catchers

Make a dazzling sun catcher to commemorate the Liberty Bell and the constitutional ideals it symbolizes.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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Lincoln Hats

Emulate our 16th president with your own version of his signature top hat.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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Tags: History

Magna Carta

The Magna Carta, or “Great Charter,” established the rule of law.

Mayflower Compact

This document was an agreement drafted by the settlers of the first New England colony.

President Masks

Discover your alter ego as President Abraham Lincoln or George Washington as you decorate your own presidential mask.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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Tags: History

Roman Chariots

Do as the Romans did with these miniature gladiator-style chariots!

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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For: Families
Tags: History

Spies, Traitors & Saboteurs Student Guide

This "training manual" for the Constitutional Intelligence Agency will equip you with the skills to become one of our top agents.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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Tags: History

The Constitution Happened Here

This interactive resource celebrates constitutional and local history in Philadelphia and beyond through student-generated multimedia content.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5
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Tags: History

The Constitution Happened Here Lesson Plans

This innovative, interactive resource is designed to uncover the vast wealth of history in our local communities.

The Constitution of the United States: First Public Printing

The first public printing of the Constitution was printed on September 19, 1787.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, K
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THE DECLARATION, THE CONSTITUTION, AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS

This lesson builds student understanding of the relationships between the United States’ founding documents by comparing and contrasting the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

The Federalist Papers

A series of newspaper articles drafted by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison, urging ratification of the new Constitution.

The History of Flag Day

This lesson encourages students to take a closer look at the American flag and its meaning.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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For: Educators
Tags: History

The History of Memorial Day

This lesson takes a closer look at the history of Memorial Day by examining World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War and their connections to this civic holiday.

Grade: 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6
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For: Educators
Tags: History

The Reconstruction Amendments

These three constitutional amendments abolished slavery and guaranteed equal protection of the laws and the right to vote.

Understanding Your Rights Lesson Plan

In this lesson students will first become acquainted with the wording of the Bill of Rights and determine language that needs further defining.

Virginia Declaration of Rights

Drafted by George Mason, this declaration of rights later became a model for other state constitutions and the Bill of Rights.

What Can I Say in School? An Examination of Students’ Freedom of Speech

Students will investigate the legal language defining their freedom of speech rights

Which Founder Are You?

Take this quiz to discover which Founder you're most like!

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