Civics and Government
Anatomy of A Murder: A Trip Through Our Nation's Legal Justice System
Anatomy of a murder allows students to delve into the world of our nation's legal system. Here students are given an intro to the legal system, they are given the facts surrounding an actual case (with a glossary to define terms), and are provided real life cases. This website is an exciting hands on way to get students learning about the legal system and to get students to role play and use what they know about the legal system to make decisions, and use logic, reasoning, and evidence to support their arguments.
ICivics is a website designed to help students utilize their political skills. The website's activities are short as 10 minutes and center around debate skills, voting, citizenship, and legislation. The website allows students to take an independent approach to civics and promotes good social skills, business skills, public speaking skills, and debate skills.
NICK: Kids Pick the President
Kids Pick the President allows any students under of the age of 18 to submerge themselves into the world of politics. Here students are given the opportunity to make their voices heard and their votes for presidential candidates heard. Students are provided with real information regarding the candidates and are provided information surrounding the issues the candidate supports or does not support.
The U.S. Government for Kids
The Kids.gov website is a website that entertains American children from kindergarten through eighth grade while teaching them important lessons about their government. And because Kids.gov is completely kid-friendly, it’s a free tool that teachers and parents can employ with peace of mind.
PBS Kids: The Democracy Project
The PBS Kids Democracy Project is a project designed by the PBS kids' website that allows kids to create their own presidential campaign and research our real life presidential candidates.
Practice Money Skills
These dynamic, educational video games engage kids while teaching them important money skills. Money Metropolis allows kids ages 7–12 to navigate a multidimensional world, making life decisions that will affect whether their virtual bank account shrinks or grows. And in Peter Pig's Money Counter, kids ages 4–7 can practice sorting and counting coins with the help of wise Peter Pig. (Practice Money Skills).
Primary Games (Lemonade Stand)
Primary Games is a website designed to help students utilize their business development skills. The students will be asked to create a lemonade stand business and will have control over pricing, inventory, quality control, and supply purchase. The students will also be in charge of customer satisfaction. This game/activity is highly recommended for upper elementary and middle school students.
Education Freeware is a website that uses business simulation to teach students about business development. The website has three business simulation games and puts students in the "CEO" chair of businesses. The games are both fun and easy to use, and teach students important business lessons.
Practical Money Skills for Life
Practical Money Skills is wonderful way to help kids practice their money naming skills, decision making skills, and problem solving skills. "These dynamic, educational video games engage kids while teaching them important money skills. Money Metropolis allows kids ages 7–12 to navigate a multidimensional world, making life decisions that will affect whether their virtual bank account shrinks or grows. And in Peter Pig's Money Counter, kids ages 4–7 can practice sorting and counting coins with the help of wise Peter Pig".
Recycle City: Dumptown Game
Recycle City's dumptown game is an excellent way to give kids a hands on approach to business development and entrepreneurship. While playing Dumptown students will be able to run a virtual recycling company. The students will be able to take on the role of CEO, employer, and business men/women.
Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is designed to give students access to resources pertaining to the American culture. The website includes photo books, articles, books, video clips, etc.
The My Hero Project
The My Hero Project is a non-profit project/website for elementary and middle school children. The website is designed to allow children (and other users) to use technology and media to celebrate heroes and post their very own hero story.
History for Kids
History for Kids is a website designed to help kids take a hands on approach to learning the history of the world. On this website students can learn fun facts about world history, play history games, read history quotes, and learn cool information about the history in their lifetime.
Kidpede -History for Kids
The Kidpede website is a homework help website or students. The website is also filled with activities and fun facts for kids to learn about the history of the world over time. The website also includes a number of simple fun-fact recipes that incorporate techniques used by ancient cultures!
BBC-History for Kids
The BBC website is a fun, interactive history website for kids that gives kids the option of learning ancient history in a fun, colorful, and creative way. BBC allows kids to enter ancient worlds, meet famous people and discover fascinating facts by exploring a wide selection of historical games and activities. The website also has a page specifically made for kids to find hands on approaches to history!
Shepards' software is a website designed to help kids learn and practice learning the geopraphics of the world. By playing the games and activities on Shepards' software, students will gain a mental map of the world's continents, countries, capitals, and landscapes!
Place the State
Place the State is an activity/game provided by the History Channel website to help students test their knowledge of US geography. The website also allows students to test their knowledge of other continents. Students also have the option of playing the game at different difficulty levels.
Digging for Answers
The digging for answers online activity allows students to play the role of geographer as they search for answers to geography quizzes. The students have the option of solving the questions themselves or putting their research skills to the test and searching the web or texts for an answer. The quiz topics range from cultural geography to green geography
Social Studies for Kids
Social studies for kids is website designed to help kids learn basic geography. Although the website does not have a full list of games, it does do a great job of presenting relevant history information in kid-friendly terms.
Map Snap is an online map game provided by the cool-math website. The map snap game is a good way for students to practice locating and placing states. It also has a beginners version of the game for those who are just learning the United States.
Public Discourse, Decision Making, and Citizen Involvement
Shorething Decision Making
Shorething is a website for children that encourages decision-making skills while promoting water safety through several online interactive games. Kids can play quiz games online that present certain problems, with a multiple choice list of possible solutions. When a child chooses a possible solution, he is shown what the outcome of his decision may be. For instance: "What to do if your dog is drowning?" Possible answers would include, "Dive in and save him," "Call your parents," and "Call the coast guard," with each answer linked to a possible consequence of his actions. Other decision-making game themes on the site include choosing the proper materials to build a boat, and what items to take on a boating trip for safe sailing. (eHow).
Citizenship in the Classroom
Citizenship in the classroom is an eHow website designed to provide teachers with activities that can be done inside the classroom to promote citizen involvement, public discourse, and decision making.
Middle School Advisory 101
Middle School Advisory 101 is a website/blog site designed to help teachers find creative ways to practice good decision making skills inside and outside the classroom. The website includes activities pertaining to rumors, self-confidence, and donation/volunteering services.
On the check yourself website students are given different scenarios to read over. After reading the scenarios, the students are asked to decide and explain what they would do. There are three scenarios; "Going Out for the Team", "The New Kid", and "Going Out for the Team". I would recommend this website for 7th an 8th grade students.
Time for Citizenship
Time for Citizenship is a great website for teaching kids about citizenship. The website provides student's with tips and information about what a citizen is, where good citizens live, why we need good citizens, and when people become good citizens.