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Educator & Camp Resources

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The USS Constitution Museum is committed to providing educators with resources to share the story and legacy of “Old Ironsides” and her crew.

Resource Kits

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On this page, our Education team has compiled Educator Resource Kits, containing primary sources, lesson plans, and classroom or at-home activities, organized by major themes. Nearly any subject can be connected to USS Constitution and we hope that these kits provide engaging and educational content for educators and students.

Below you will find kits assembled around key themes related to USS Constitution: Design and Construction, Life at Sea, Meet the Crew, the War of 1812, and USS Constitution’s Legacy.

We recommend pairing any of these resources with a visit to the Museum’s interactive A Sailor’s Life for Me website, a Virtual Tour of USS Constitution powered by Google Maps, or the Museum’s Orientation Film for an overview of all USS Constitution has to offer educators and learners.

Design and Construction

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In 1797, USS Constitution was built intentionally for speed and strength. And the Ship is still here today! Explore the resources and activities in this kit for learning about how the Ship sails and the design choices made during construction and launch.

Museum Object Collections

  • Construction and Launch Museum Object Collection: This page contains primary source objects and documents directly related to the construction and launch of the Ship.
  • USS Constitution Plans: See detailed plans of USS Constitution drawn for the United States Navy from the Ship’s initial construction in 1794 to subsequent restorations, as recent as 2010.

Museum Blog Posts

Museum Resources

Life at Sea

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Life aboard an 1812-era warship was both routine and thrilling. From the tedious task of scrubbing the decks, to the high-energy moments of battle, these resources explore the daily life of a USS Constitution sailor.

Meet the Crew

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During the War of 1812, USS Constitution‘s crew was made up of 450 – 500 men with diverse backgrounds. The USS Constitution Museum has conducted years of research into the lives of the individuals who served on board the Ship throughout history. Explore the resources and content developed from that research below, and compare the lives of historical crew to those of the active duty men and women who serve on board USS Constitution today.

Lesson Plans and Activities

War of 1812

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USS Constitution made her mark during the War of 1812 as part of a new Navy formed to protect American crews and interests abroad. Explore the resources in this kit to learn more about Ship’s three major engagements with British vessels, as well as the causes and outcomes of the war.

USS Constitution's Legacy

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USS Constitution has endured as a national symbol for over 200 years. Explore theses resources to learn about the legacy of America’s Ship of State, from roles served after the War of 1812 to restoration work that keeps the Ship afloat today.


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