Teacher Review For iCivics

Highly engaging and educational!

Lisa B.
Classroom teacher
David City Secondary School (David City, NE)
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I use it to review topics such as amendments (see "Do I Have a Right") , community service, public policy (see game "Activate", and how our government works (see game "Branches of Power"). It is often used if we have additional time or if I'm going to be gone and need an easy engaging lesson for the the sub. Students find themselves competing against each other as well as the game itself. It uses real life scenarios that kids can relate to and connects them with Civics content.
My Take
I love this product! I've had kids come back years later and tell me they continue to play these great games long after leaving my classroom. The content of the site matches will with my 8th grade Civics curriculum and covers a variety of topics. For some students it may take them a few minutes to "get into" the games but once they've got it, they are hooked and the room is quiet. The only thing I could suggest to make this site better would be clickable links to information they can review/study to help them do better at the game. Then they could continue with added knowledge and be more successful. I use the game Activate to simulate real life community problem solving. It works well when teaching about civic participation and public policy. The game "Do I Have a Right" is the best, most engaging way I know to practice knowledge about our amendments. Students get to hear real life scenarios and must decide if the clients rights have been violated. Then, they must assign them an attorney with the proper skill set. This quick thinking game is very engaging and fun but very educational.