Constitution Day Activity – Collaboration Poster
Constitution Day has been designated as a day to incorporate studies of the history of the U.S. Constitution into the classroom. It usually takes place on September 17th (the anniversary of the actual date in 1787 that the Constitution was signed), but if that day falls on a weekend, then the nearest weekday is dedicated to Constitution studies. To help focus those studies and to involve everyone in the class in a hands-on activity, I have developed a large, colorful, collaborative poster of the preamble portion of the Constitution. This Constitution Day activity is fun and engaging for students and easy for the teachers. It is a great activity that can be a supplement or complement to any other Constitution lessons you may teach (FYI, the U.S. National Archives has a collection of good activities) and it leaves a lasting impression in your classroom.
Constitution Day Activity – Collaboration Poster – How It Works
My classroom collaboration posters (I have a large collection here) are simple and straightforward.
Just print out the pages that combine to make the poster (in this case, there 30 individual pieces which should, fingers crossed :), be enough for everyone in your class to get one).
Each page includes a key for how to color the page. So all you have to do is hand them out and make available the necessary colors (either in the form of crayons, markers, colored pencils, etc.). Some pages have more details and more intricate coloring than others, so you can differentiate as you see fit (including giving some student multiple pages if necessary).
Then the kids just 1) color:
2) Cut out their finished piece:
3) Assemble the 30 individual pieces into the final collaborative poster!
When everything is put together the final Constitution poster measures about 35 inches by 42 inches–so it makes an impressive wall or bulletin board display!
There are more detailed instruction included in the resource, as well as tips for putting it together, how to make a smaller version (if you can’t find enough wall space!), and suggestions of other interesting coloring techniques. I’ve done everything I can think of to ensure a fun and successful outcome!
When you sign up for my e-mail list you’ll get to download my FREE “We Heart Math” collaboration poster right away!
But, if instead of a single, jointly-created classroom poster, you’d prefer to have something that each student can take home with them at the end of the day, I have also created individual-sized coloring sheets of this same image. These Constitution coloring sheets are included in my collection of patriotic/U.S history coloring sheets that include both interactive as well as pre-pattern-filled designs.
I have also included them in the collaborative poster as bonus pages that students can color when they finish their part of the larger poster!
The video below gives you a quick look at how one of these interactive coloring sheets could be completed (OK, so maybe its not that informative, but I just love making (and watching) these time-lapse movies!).
Constitution Day Activity – Coloring pages
Kids love working on these coloring sheets as much as I do!
And the results always come out great, whether they design the patterns themselves (image below right), or, whether they color in the sheets that I’ve already put the patterns in (image below left). This patterned-filled images are great for earlier grades or for other differentiation needs.
As always, thanks for reading and for making art with your kids!