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African American-owned barbershop,
circa 1920


John Carter, one of Flint's first known African Americans, advertised his barbershop business in 1839 in Flint’s first newspaper,
The Flint River Gazette.

 
 
 
 

Constitution Day

 
United Streaming Videos Constitution Websites with Lesson Plans
 
OVERVIEW

Based on legislation passed by Congress, the United States Department of Education mandates that educational institutions receiving federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution each year.   Section 111 requires that Constitution Day be held on September 17 of each year, commemorating the
September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution.

Click here to view significant dates in the history of the U.S. Constitution.

Click here to test your knowledge about the U.S. Constitution in a fun quiz provided by Scholastic News.

Click here for student-friendly resources and lessons on understanding the electoral process.

Click here for the GISD Constitution Day webpage, which highlights some of the most useful Constitution Day resources online.

UNITED STREAMING VIDEOS

United Streaming has a wealth of video resources on the U.S. Constitution for classroom use. Searches may be done by inserting a title, topic, subject, or grade level for selecting videos.  Not all segments need to be shown at one time.

To access United Streaming, check with your IMC clerk/librarian.

Recommended Constitution Day Videos Available on United Streaming

Grades K-2
Title--Creating a Government: The Constitution, The Rules of America's Government
10 minutes
Grades 3-5
Title--SSSSSSHHHHHH! We're Writing the Constitution
31 minutes

Grades 3-8
Title--Understanding the Constitution: The Legislative Branch

21 minutes
Grades 5-8
Title--The Almost Painless Guide to the U.S. Constitution
22 minutes
Grades 6-8
Title--Our Constitution: The Document That Gave Birth to a Nation
24 minutes
Grades 9-12
Title--The History and Functions of Congress
24 minutes
   
Click here to log onto United Streaming.  

WEBSITES with LESSON PLANS
Center for Civic Education
http://www.civiced.org/
An array of Constitution lesson plans and resources for K-12 classrooms.
Ben's Guide to Government
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/
Great Constitution and government site for elementary and middle school students.

Marco Polo Education Foundation
http://www.marcopolosearch.org/mpsearch/
basic_search.asp

Search: Constitution Lesson Plans

EdSitement
http://edsitement.neh.gov/ConstitutionDay/
constitution_index2.html
Complete K-12 guide and resources for Constitution Day.

Oakland Schools Support
Elementary Lesson Plans

http://www.oakland.k12.mi.us/scope/
fifth_lessons/index.html

Scroll down the page to find 10 lessons on the Constitution under "Social Studies".

Oakland Schools Support
Middle School Lesson Plans
http://www.oakland.k12.mi.us/scope/
eighth_lessons/index.html

Scroll down the page to find 12 lessons on the Constitution under "Social Studies".

Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
High School Lesson Plans

http://www.free.ed.gov/subjects.cfm?subject_id=19
History Now! Constitution Edition
www.historynow.org 

Conversations on the Constitution
http://www.abanet.org/publiced/
conversations/constitution/home.shtml

Explore the various lesson plans for grades 3-12.

Astonishing Document:
The American Constitution

http://mgtv.org/video.html
Scroll down to the Astonishing Document link.
It is a 30 minute video with Michigan
dignitaries discussing the significance of the U.S. Constitution.

 

Charters of Freedom--National Archives
http://archives.gov/exhibits/charters/charters.html
This website provides a complete exploration of America's founding documents.

National Constitution Center
http://constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday
/display/MainS/Home

This website provides various multi-media resources to use for Constitution Day.

C-SPAN CLASSROOM Constitution Page
http://www.c-spanclassroom.org/
Explore multi-media resources on the Constitution and the branches of government for middle and high school classrooms.

Michigan Supreme Court Learning Center
http://courts.michigan.gov/plc/resources.htm
This website provides student-centered Constitution resources for K-12 classrooms.

Lesson Plans & Teaching Strategies
http://www.csun.edu/~hcedu013/plans.html
This website has a variety of K-12 lesson plans.

Constitution Day Resources
http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/score
_lessons/special_events/constitution_day
/
A great overview of the Constitution is provided.

Constitution Day Lesson Plans & Activities
http://www.theteacherscorner.net/
seasonal/constitution/index.htm

This website features Constitution Day activities.

Graphic Organizers for Constitution Day
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/history/
us/documents/constitution/activities.shtml
This website has excellent graphic organizers.


Constitution PowerPoints & Lesson Plans
http://cfbstaff.cfbisd.edu/davidj/ Special %
20Events/Constitution%20Day/constitution_day.htm

This website includes various K-12 lesson activities.