Teacher Review For iCivics

Great way for students to learn government structures!

Courtenay J.
Classroom teacher
Miton Middle School
Milton, WV
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My Grades 6
My Subjects English Language Arts, 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 Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have used multiple lesson plans from this website. I like to take parts of the lesson plans and adapt them for use in my classroom. The interactive games are great for students because it gives them background knowledge and allows them to play with the various aspects of government types. Students have played games such as Lawcraft in which they were members of Congress and had to create laws and keep his/her voters happy. This game fit in perfectly with my unit about government and my lesson plan in which students had to create his/her own bill proposal and vote within a mock Congress.
My Take
I really enjoy the lesson plans offered on this website but I wish it gave more ideas for extended activities or differentiated instruction. This website is perfect for a springing board with any time of government or economic lesson you will be doing. At times, the lesson plans can be difficult to follow because there is so much information.