The Times West Virginian

September 17, 2012

Constitution Day good chance for students to learn


Times West Virginian

— Constitution Day celebrates the day that the U.S. Constitution was adopted by the Constitutional Convention in 1787. It can be considered the birthday of the United States government. The day also celebrates U.S. citizenship and is often called Citizenship Day.

It is celebrated on Sept. 17, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. If this day falls on the weekend, many schools will pick the closest Friday or Monday to celebrate the day.

The day is mostly observed or celebrated by educational systems such as libraries and schools.

Schools and libraries observe this day by having special educational programs and activities that help students learn about the Constitution. They study subjects like the history of the Constitution, the many amendments and the Bill of Rights.

Many school systems set aside the entire week as Constitution Week.

The following activities will give students the chance to learn while having fun during Constitution Week:

• Have students draw and create a poster about the Constitution. The posters that best represent the Constitution win a prize.

• Have students memorize the Bill of Rights and the rest of the amendments. Then play a contest like a spelling bee. Each student has to repeat an amendment or they are out. Keep going until there are a few champions.

For more information, visit http://www.ducksters.com/holidays/constitution_day.php.