Constitution Day


Hi Friends…. This year on September 17th for Constitution Day, I wanted to do something a bit different than I have done in the past.  This year, I decided to teach about Constitution Day during my Guided Reading groups by doing a close reading activity.  I felt that this was a perfect way to use a rigorous text on a wonderful topic about our history.  Prior to doing our close read on Constitution Day, I plan on showing a few short video clips about the constitution.  Here is one video that I am planning on showing….
constitution day activities
I will also use this text as well. If you click the image you can see it on Amazon.

During my Guided Reading groups, I will work on a close reading with my students on this important day in history.  We will also complete a Constitution Day Tab-Its that correlates to the close reading passage.  The students will focus on Key Details of the close reading passage by focusing on the topic of the passage and some of the main details.  The students will also engage in Vocabulary development, by using context clues and the dictionary to understand new and challenging vocabulary in the text passage.  They will also analyze the close reading passage by answering higher-level questions using text evidence from the passage.
constitution day interactive notebook


The close reading passage can be stapled inside of the Tab-Its booklet or can be glued on the adjacent page in your Interactive Notebooks.  This is the format that I have used in all of my Close Reading activities.  While these pictures show a George Washington Carver close reading, it is just to give you a frame of reference as to what the Constitution Day Close Reading will look like.
I hope you will check out my resource and help your students learn and understand the importance of this day that changed the history of our country.
constitution day activities
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  • ErinnTeachesToo
    August 31, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I stumbled upon this resource while surfing for bts items. I am hooked on your Tab-Its! Thanks so much for your hard work!

  • Krista
    September 1, 2015 at 2:22 am

    That is the day before we go on fall break. Early release days all week for parent conferences ~ my kiddos will need something a little different and interesting to stay focused! This will be just the ticket!