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View Resource Ben's Guide to US Government for Kids

This new site from GPO Access offers a helpful overview of the US Government for K-12 students. The site is broken into five sections, addressed to grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and parents and teachers, respectively. Beginning with basic ideas such as symbols of the government, the site progresses to topics such as the branches of government, historical documents, national versus state government,...
View Resource C-SPAN Classroom

Over the past several decades, C-SPAN has brought many hours of fascinating programming to the generally curious. Many teachers have used their programming to edify their students about various aspects of US government, and now C-SPAN has created this very nice site to complement those informal activities. The formal mission of the C-SPAN Classroom site is "to enhance the teaching of Civics & U.S....

View Resource Center for Civic Education

With offices in Calabasas, California and Washington, D.C, the Center for Civic Education is "dedicated to promoting an enlightened and responsible citizenry committed to democratic principles." The Center functions as a nonprofit, non partisan educational corporation and the materials offered on their site for educators and those wishing to brush up on everything from representative democracy to...
View Resource Statistics: Cast Your Vote!

Before entering the main portion of this interactive introduction to statistics, visitors will have to answer a few quick questions on polls. It's actually a bit fun, and it serves as a nice introduction to the site. Once visitors are in the main site, they will get the opportunity to learn about statistics through the lens of a mock election. The site contains areas such as "How Random is...
View Resource International IDEA: Voter Turnout

The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) has a well-organized and very interesting voter turnout website loaded with election data from around the world. The goal of this Stockholm-based organization is to "strengthen democratic institutions and processes." It works with other democracy builders, such as the UN, policy makers and donor governments. By compiling...
View Resource Making Civics Real: A Workshop for Teachers

Civics can be a dreaded word for some students, but things just got a bit more interesting with this rather thoughtful and interesting video workshop created by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Center for Civic Education. Released as part of the Annenberg Media teacher resources, this eight part series helps teachers find ways to teach civics, complete with lesson plans and...
View Resource Science Education & Civic Engagement

The mission of the Science Education & Civic Engagement Journal is "to explore constructive connections between science education and civic engagement that will enhance both experiences for our students." The journal is edited by an international team, including professors from the University of Johannesburg and Santa Clara University. The journal has been published twice a year since 2007 and...

View Resource Annenberg Classroom: Resources for Excellent Civics Education

This Annenberg Classroom site starts with a well-informed curriculum about the American Constitution and its amendments, and then links those topics to daily civics news, student discussions, and a host of other interactive, ever-developing current events-based education. On the site, readers may like to start with the Knowledge section, which is divided into The Constitution, The Congress, The...

View Resource 50 Core Documents: Ashbrook

The Ashbrook Center at Ohio's Ashland University seeks to educate students, teachers, and citizens about the intricacies of American history and the rights and responsibilities of citizenship using conversation and primary source documents. Consider this list of 50 Core Documents of historical importance. Beginning with the Declaration of Independence, the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom...

View Resource Classroom Law Project: Resources

Oregon's Classroom Law Project (CLP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping youth "become active, engaged, and informed participants in democratic society." On its resources page, K-12 social studies teachers will find a range of materials for teaching civics and law, including a number of lesson plans that engage young citizens with contemporary legal issues and debates. Educators can...