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Constitution and Citizenship Day

Constitution and Citizenship Day

Each year, September 17th is designated as Constitution and Citizenship Day.  By federal law, all schools that receive federal funding must provide instruction on the Constitution and Citizenship that day. (If September 17th is a Saturday, activities will occur on the previous Friday.  If September 17th is a Sunday, activities will occur on the following Monday.)  

In the 2023-2024 school year, September 17th is a Sunday, so elementary and middle school social studies teachers will provide activities on September 18. High school social studies teachers will provide activities on September 15 (A Day) and September 18 (B Day)  All teachers that provide social studies instruction this year will teach a lesson/provide activities on the Constitution and or Citizenship on that day.  While social studies is not taught until the second marking period in the elementary schools this lesson will occur during the regular science time period.

Elementary Schools:

In the elementary schools, topics/questions connected to the Constitution and/or Citizenship have been identified.  Since social studies is not taught in September, the topics provide teachers with a focus as there are no social studies lessons occurring in order to connect the content. The identified topics also ensure that students do not get the same lesson topic each year.  The focus of the lessons are:

K- Pledge of Allegiance

1- What is citizenship?

2- What is a good citizen?

3- What is the US Constitution?

4- What is government?

5- Why are rules/laws necessary?

Sample lessons are available.

Teachers can make their own Constitution Day lesson, but the lessons must address the grade level topic/question.  The following websites, while not all inclusive, may be helpful in creating a lesson.

Secondary Schools:

Constitution and Citizenship Day activities will happen within the social studies classroom. Each year, September 17th is designated as Constitution and Citizenship Day.  This year September 17 is a Sunday.  As a result, middle schools will observe Constitution and Citizenship Day on September 18.  The high schools operate on an A/B schedule, so social studies teachers will conduct activities on September 15 (A Day) on September 18 (B Day) to ensure all students engage in lessons within the social studies classroom.  

In the secondary schools, social studies is being taught each day.  Topics for Constitution and Citizenship Day are not identified in order for teachers to have the ability to align their activities with the course content being addressed at that time in the classroom. Activities may be full class period lessons or part of a lesson.  In a class like Government, it may not need to be a special lesson as it may fall in line with the scope of what is being taught at the time.

The following websites may be helpful in creating a lesson.