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  • 1. 10 Fast Facts on the Constitution
  • 2.
    • The U.S. Constitution was written in the same Pennsylvania State House where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where George Washington received his commission as Commander of the Continental Army. Now called Independence Hall, the building still stands today on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, directly across from the National Constitution Center.
    Fact #1
  • 3.
    • Written in 1787, the Constitution was signed on September 17th. But it wasn't until 1788 that it was ratified by the necessary nine states.
    Fact #2
  • 4.
    • The U.S. Constitution was prepared in secret, behind locked doors that were guarded by sentries.
    Fact #3
  • 5.
    • Some of the original framers and many delegates in the state ratifying conventions were very troubled that the original Constitution lacked a description of individual rights. In 1791, Americans added a list of rights to the Constitution. The first ten amendments became known as The Bill of Rights
    Fact #4
  • 6.
    • Of the 55 delegates attending the Constitutional Convention, 39 signed and 3 delegates dissented. Two of America's "founding fathers" didn't sign the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson was representing his country in France and John Adams was doing the same in Great Britain.
    Fact #5
  • 7.
    • Established on November 26, 1789, the first national "Thanksgiving Day" was originally created by George Washington as a way of "giving thanks" for the Constitution.
    Fact #6
  • 8.
    • Of the written national constitutions, the U.S. Constitution is the oldest and shortest.
    Fact #7
  • 9.
    • At 81, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania was the oldest delegate at the Constitutional Convention and at 26, Jonathon Dayton of New Jersey was the youngest.
    Fact #8
  • 10.
    • The original Constitution is on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, it was moved to Fort Knox for safekeeping.
    Fact #9
  • 11.
    • More than 11,000 amendments have been introduced in Congress. Thirty three have gone to the states to be ratified and twenty seven have received the necessary approval from the states to actually become amendments to the Constitution.
    Fact #10
  • 12. Take out writing white boards… Quiz time!! 
  • 13. Question #1
    • What is today’s name for the building where the U.S. Constitution was originally written?
      • A. Smithsonian
      • B. White House
      • C. Independence Hall
      • D. Supreme Court
  • 14. Question #2
    • In what year was the constitution written?
      • A. 1787
      • B. 1776
      • C. 1492
      • D. 1812
  • 15. Question #3
    • Who was on guard while the U.S. Constitution was being written?
      • A. Ninjas
      • B. Secret Service
      • C. Marines
      • D. Sentries
  • 16. Question #4
    • What is the name of the first ten amendments?
      • A. Miranda Rights
      • B. Bill of Rights
      • C. Right of Way
      • D. Right Stuff
  • 17. Question #5
    • Two “founding fathers” did not sign the constitution, they are…
      • A. Jefferson and Adams
      • B. Bert and Ernie
      • C. Baskin and Robin
      • D. Washington and Lincoln
  • 18. Question #6
    • What was created by George Washington as a way of "giving thanks" for the Constitution?
      • A. Memorial Day
      • B. Labor Day
      • C. Arbor Day
      • D. Thanksgiving Day
  • 19. Question #7
    • Out of the constitutions in the world, the U.S. Constitution is the…
      • A. funniest and coolest
      • B. meanest and scariest
      • C. longest and boringest
      • D. oldest and shortest
  • 20. Question #8
    • ________________ was the oldest delegate and Jonathon Dayton was the youngest.
      • A. Abraham Lincoln
      • B. Benjamin Franklin
      • C. Christopher Columbus
      • D. Davy Crocket
  • 21. Question #9
    • What city in our country has the U.S. Constitution?
      • A. New York
      • B. Los Angeles
      • C. Washington D.C.
      • D. Chicago
  • 22. Question #10
    • How many amendments have been ratified (made into law)?
      • A. 10
      • B. 33
      • C. 87
      • D. 29
  • 23. Time to check those ANSWERS…
  • 24. Answer #1
    • What is today’s name for the building where the U.S. Constitution was originally written?
      • A. Smithsonian
      • B. White House
      • C. Independence Hall
      • D. Supreme Court
  • 25. Answer #2
    • In what year was the constitution written?
      • A. 1787
      • B. 1776
      • C. 1492
      • D. 1812
  • 26. Answer #3
    • Who was on guard while the U.S. Constitution was being written?
      • A. Ninjas
      • B. Secret Service
      • C. Marines
      • D. Sentries
  • 27. Answer #4
    • What is the name of the first ten amendments?
      • A. Miranda Rights
      • B. Bill of Rights
      • C. Right of Way
      • D. Right Stuff
  • 28. Answer #5
    • Two “founding fathers” did not sign the constitution, they are…
      • A. Jefferson and Adams
      • B. Bert and Ernie
      • C. Baskin and Robin
      • D. Washington and Lincoln
  • 29. Answer #6
    • What was created by George Washington as a way of "giving thanks" for the Constitution?
      • A. Memorial Day
      • B. Labor Day
      • C. Arbor Day
      • D. Thanksgiving Day
  • 30. Answer #7
    • Out of the constitutions in the world, the U.S. Constitution is the…
      • A. funniest and coolest
      • B. meanest and scariest
      • C. longest and boringest
      • D. oldest and shortest
  • 31. Answer #8
    • ________________ was the oldest delegate and Jonathon Dayton was the youngest.
      • A. Abraham Lincoln
      • B. Benjamin Franklin
      • C. Christopher Columbus
      • D. Davy Crocket
  • 32. Answer #9
    • What city in our country has the U.S. Constitution?
      • A. New York
      • B. Los Angeles
      • C. Washington D.C.
      • D. Chicago
  • 33. Answer #10
    • How many amendments have been ratified (made into law)?
      • A. 10
      • B. 33
      • C. 87
      • D. 29