Constitution Day & Celebrate Freedom Week
- United States Public Law (PDF) requires that public educational institutions receiving federal funds teach about the Constitution on September 17 each year.
- Florida Law requires public school districts to commemorate the founding principles of our nation during the last full week of September.
Constitution Day and Celebrate Freedom Week Resources
The National Constitution Center is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance.
Center for Civic
The Center for Civic Education, in collaboration with the American Association of School Administrators, offers free lesson plans for Grades K-12 in observance of Constitution Day.
The Constitution: Primary Source Set
This site from the Library of Congress provides classroom sets of primary source documents.
National Archives Teaching With Documents:
Observing Constitution Day
The National Archives and Records Administration commemorates our nation's history with resources focused on our country’s founding documents.
Charters of Freedom
This site from the National Archives is an online exhibit of our founding documents and leaders.
Drafting the Declaration: the
Jefferson Desk and the Declaration of Independence
This site from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History uses Thomas Jefferson’s desk as a primary source object with related lessons and activities.
Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence:
Right to Institute New Government
Library of Congress resources that provide readers with links to influential documents related to the Declaration of Independence.
Additional Activities and Interactive Resources
Revolutionary War Game
While playing this interactive game from PBS, students test their knowledge about the American Revolution, and see if they can navigate their way to independence. Grade Levels: Primary, Intermediate
The U.S. Constitution Power Grab Game
This activity linked from the State of California’s online resources focuses on the Constitution and its fundamental ideas: checks and balances, separation of powers, and the Bill of Rights. Grade Levels: Secondary
Timeline of the Revolution
This PBS site has a complete timeline of the conflict between the British and the Colonists. Grade Levels: Primary, Intermediate
Spy Letters of the American Revolution
This site, from the University of Michigan includes a set of letters written by spies on both sides of the American Revolution, plus the stories surrounding them. Grade Levels: Primary, Intermediate
Ben’s Guide to U.S.
The US Government Printing Office provides resources including primary source documents and activities for all grade levels.