Monthly Archives: December 2012

Your student/child has no knowledge of Civics? Never fear, iCivics is here!

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.

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Common Core Standards, Lesson Plan Ideas and Videos All in One Place

A library peer of mine just shared a wonderful Website that you can use for multiple purposes in your classroom.  It is The Teaching Channel and it is free for you to use.  All you have to do is register an e-mail address.

The mission of this site is to provide reliable video resources that teachers can use for lesson planning, Common Core connections and to find ideas.  You can also tap into your professional peers for methods that have provided successful results in their classroom.

Have you ever heard of a fantastic lesson, but can’t remember exactly how it went?  Odds are you can find information about it at  The Teaching Channel.  Did you see something that would be great for a lesson you are doing four months from now, but are afraid you will forget about it?  You can have the site send you an e-mail reminder at exactly the time you need it.  Just fill out the quick boxes and put it out of your head.  When the time comes, you will get that reminder with the notes you created when you had the idea.

Say you see specific moments in a video you wish to share with your grade or subject team.  You know they are busy and do not have time to watch the whole video.  You are given the tools to highlight the exact moments you wish to share so everyone can collaborate on the ideas as soon as possible.

Does your school have a program that the teachers use to post assignments and links for student work?  You can post the videos you find right on that page for your students to use as well.  Teaching Channel provides embedding codes for each video.  Just click on the “Embed Video” link and a code will be provided for you to copy and paste on any Website you wish.

So whether you are looking for a great lesson plan idea, information about the Common Core Standards or a video you can share with your students, The Teaching Channel may be just the page for you.

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