September 17 is National Constitution Day. The resources in the Homeschool Classroom can help you teach your students about the sacrifice and courage of our founding fathers and the document they penned to govern our nation.

1.1 Article: “Keeping Your Faith Amidst Terrible Tragedy”

Basing her suggestions for dealing with tragedy on a true story, Becky Kopitzke offers tangible ways to deal with heartbreak in your life.

www.thecourage.com/keeping-your-faith-amidst-terrible-tragedy

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1.2 The Constitution, Freedom for All

There is something for every member of your family at the Oak Hill Publishing Company’s Constitution website. You will find information to order Pocket Constitution books, famous quotes, crossword puzzles, quizzes, word finds, and more.

www.constitutionday.com/index.html

To get an excellent overview of the Constitution, its articles, and amendments, the Constitution in Graphics might be a handy tool.

http://articlevprojecttorestoreliberty.com/graphic-constitution.html

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1.3 Constitution Songs, Videos, and Books

The recommended book and video at Mrs. Jump’s Class website might help you explain the complicated concept of the Constitution to your preschooler. There is a link to purchase the book We The Kids. You may be able to locate a copy at your local library.

http://deannajump.com/constitution-day/

Songs are a great way for children of all ages to commit facts to memory. This website has an extensive database of social studies songs which includes topics such as the Bill of Rights, the branches of government, the Declaration of Independence, the Government, how bills become laws, the Constitution and much more.

www.songsforteaching.com/socialstudiessongs.htm

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1.4 Constitution Lessons and a Full-length Film

You can use the tips on this page to teach your students about the Constitution. The material is broken down into three parts: Preamble, Branches of Government, and the Bill of Rights, and provides explanations, assignments, and downloads.

http://thriveingradefive.com/tips-for-teaching-the-constitution-in-upper-elementary

The excellent film A More Perfect Union, which tells the story of the writing of the Constitution, is available in its entirety on youtube. Elementary and middle school students will be able to follow the story, but it is also engaging for high schoolers as well as adults.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsiPJDvV7gI

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1.5 Free Constitution Course, Constitution Video

Hillsdale College offers the free course Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution, which features the same professors who teach this course on Hillsdale College’s campus. The course is delivered via email, with one lesson per week for 10 weeks. Each lesson features lively teaching and discussion boards, suggested readings, weekly quizzes, and more. The course is suitable for high schoolers and adults and is available by signing up here:

http://info.hillsdale.edu/constitution_101_enroll

This video explains how the members of the Constitutional Convention framed the document through compromise and how the document balances power between the branches of our government.

https://constitutioncenter.org/learn/educational-resources/video-resources

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Constitution Day Activities for Homeschoolers

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