Justice Sandra Day O’Connor noticed children’s declining knowledge regarding citizenship, the branches of government and the role that media plays in affecting our civic life. She realized the next generation needs to understand how our government works and the roles it plays in order to secure our democracy in the years to come. She created a Website titled iCivics. This is a Website that can be utilized by kids, parents and teachers.
In addition to the board and staff, iCivics is made up of a team of state supreme court justices, secretaries of state, educational leaders, as well as other committed volunteers. They work together to provide information about our legacy of democracy, how it began and how it works today.
Lesson plans are aligned to state standards and are listed as the following units of study: Boys & Girls Clubs of America; Budgeting; Citizenship & Participation; Civil Rights; County Solutions; Foundations of Government; International Affairs; Media & Influence; Persuasive Writing; Politics & Public Policy; State and Local Government; The Constitution; The Executive Branch; The Judicial Branch; The Legislative Branch and The Three Branches.
Games and activities are available on the following topics: Citizenship & Participation; Separation of Powers; The Constitution and Bill of Rights; The Judicial Branch; The Executive Branch; The Legislative Branch and Budgeting.
Whether you are looking for an educational game for your child to play or a lesson plan to bring our history home in the classroom, iCivics may be just the Website you are looking for.