Teacher Review for Counties Work

Great analytic practice in local government!

My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
The normal level was still high paced, so I would make this an in class small group activity before making it an individual practice. The individual practice could be a homework assignment with an incentive like extra credit for whoever has the biggest population, highest resident approval, and most funds at the end of their four year term. Then, the next day, students who selected different institutions (ie a Board of Education) to add to their county would be put into small groups to discuss their experiences with what the residents requested.
My Take
This resource requires quick and deductive reasoning, memorization of the services in each building and where the buildings are located, and the prioritization of resident requests. Overall, this is a great introduction for how to run a local government, but as others mentioned, the actions within the game are repetitive. If there were more people to interact with besides residents, that would introduce the idea of political hierarchies because every resident issue is not brought directly to the county executive, commissioner, etc.