Welcome to the Resources for Educators for Constitution Day. This webpage presents pictures, books, and websites offering educational materials that will help teachers and librarians in preparing displays, webpages, and educational programs. Most of the resources are available free on the web; some are in print. The materials include lesson plans for teachers, coloring books for kids, facsimile copies of original historic documents, videos, and CD.
A federal law was passed in 2004 requiring that schools and other educational institutions, receiving funds from the U.S. Department of Education, present a program each year in observance of "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day," September 17.
Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government. Presents information on laws, elections, history of the nation, as well as games and activities. Includes sections for parents, teachers, children, and adolescents. Ages 4-8, 9-13, and 14+. Created by the Government Printing Office.
Legislation Relating to Constitution Day
The law mandating Constitution Day programming appears as a section of an appropriations act: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, Public Law 108-447. The Constitution Day and Citizenship Day measure appears in 118 Stat. 2809, 3344-45 (Section 111).
The measure changing the name from Constitution Day to Constitution Day and Citizenship Day appears in the United States Code (36 U.S.C. §106).
The Notice of Implementation appeared in the Notices section of the Federal Register, May 24, 2005 (70 FR 29727).