Teacher Review For Executive Command

Can you successful manage the Executive Branch?

J H.
Classroom teacher
Mellon Middle School
Pittsburgh, PA
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My Grades 8
My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Practice
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have each student create an avatar and individually play Executive Command (in the computer lab or at home) in my U.S. History classroom when we get to the responsibilities of the executive branch. After presenting basic content, I allow the student to play the role of President. In a fast-paced, fun game iCivics has students simultaneously manage foreign and domestic affairs while reaching out to Congress and setting an agenda for the nation. The game can be replayed over and over again with different results. Most importantly, it leads to great post-game discussions the following class period.
My Take
I love what iCivics produces... game-based learning that engages students!