The federal mandate
to “hold an educational program on the United States Constitution” can be interpreted in many ways. Some educators may find this lack of direction difficult. Keep in mind that Senator Byrd’s purpose for sponsoring the mandate was to respond to concerns that young people, as well as some adults, lack an in-depth understanding of the Constitution. This is one way to raise a level of awareness and change the trend of ignorance.
All students are to experience a Constitution Day program, not just those students who happen to have social studies that day. While you must address the Constitution, there is no set requirement on what to teach in the classroom.
With that in mind, if you lack knowledge yourself, our online resources
will provide some useful information about teaching the Constitution. If needed, consult with a social studies colleague on making connections to the standards and benchmarks you are responsible for teaching during the first weeks of school.