• Top Civics/Government Web Sites

    If you have other sites you would like to see added, contact David Hales at halesd@resa.net  or 734-334-1311.

    Our Courts: Exploring Our Legal System - This is the highly talked about new resource from former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Conner.
    Ben's Guide - Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids is brought to the World Wide Web as a service of the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO).  This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO Access to carry out their civic responsibilities.
    Kids.Gov - This is the official portal of the US Government. It contains lots of links to resources and goes beyond just Government to include Social Studies and other content areas.
    MSU Created Civics Resource Site - Tailored lessons to CDV's and concepts by grade level. A very comprehensive and user friendly site.
    CDV Lesson Plans & Resources - The Michigan Dept of History, Arts, and Libraries has assembled this collection of resources for educators.
    A User's Guide to the Declaration of Independence - A user's guide to the Declaration of Independence, including a timeline, issues & hot topics, also includes "ask an expert."
    Landmark Cases - Supreme Court Cases most often taught, lessons included, excellent resource.
    The Founders' Almanac - A comprehensive but practical guide to the notable events, key leaders, essential quotations, primary documents, and commentary on the founding of our American government.
    Voting: The Machinery of Democracy - Looks at the history & variety of voting methods in the U.S. Voting reforms are described and innovative design improvements are shown.
    America's Founding Fathers: Delegates to the Constitutional Convention - Features biographies of delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in May 1787.
    Primary Document Resource - Contains 100 milestone documents in government, an educators' sourecebook for how to use primary resources in the classroom, lots of lesson plans.
    National Constitution Center - These lesson plans meet the Center for Civic Education's National Standards for Civics and Government and offer elementary grades K-4, middle grades 5-8, and high school grades 9-12 teachers a selection of classroom activities, readings and Web resources. Each month this page will feature a new lesson plan highlighting recent Constitutional issues as well as historical events.
    Constitutional Rights Foundation - Latest civics issues, links, resources.
    MI Center for Civic Education - Your We the People, Project Citizen, Mock Trial resource. Info on conferences, good links.
  • Citizenship Participation, Public Discourse & Decision Making

    Learning to Give - Over 400 field-tested, standards-based lessons focusing on voluntary action for the common good. Downloadable, with assessments, rubrics, etc.
    The World We Want: Philanthropy for Young Global Citizens  This global site helps connect the students to the world through social action projects that focus on creating positive social change.
    The American Promise Program - Lesson plans, ideas to bring democracy to life, supplement to free videos produced by the original PBS series.
    Character Education - Free resources for teachers on character education.
    Teaching Social Responsibility - This is a project of Educators for Social Responsibility and all the lessons and activities are inquiry oriented. A nice collection of lessons for teaching students social responsibility.
    The Henry Ford: With Liberty & Justice for All - Explore America's fight for freedom, witness the struggle to achieve it, and celebrate the courage to maintain it through this new exhibit. With Liberty & Justice for All is organized around 4 key topics: Independence, Freedom & Union, Votes for Women, and ther Civil Rights Movement. This exhibit is appropriate for grades 4-12. 
    Kids Voting USA! - Students learn about democracy through a combination of classroom activities, an authentic voting experience and family dialogue. Instructional materials provide K-12 teachers with valuable civic learning tools to be used throughout the school year, every year. In addition to classroom activities about voting and elections, students also explore the right to vote, democracy and active citizenship.
    YMCA Michigan Youth in Government - This program duplicates as nearly as practicable the state's political/government process. Students choose to be representatives and senators or serve as legislative support staff and members of the executive branch of government. The program culminates in going to Lansing for the students to deliberate on proposed legislation, which they have written back in their hometowns.
    Kids Can Make a Difference - This is an innovative program to help students understand the root causes of hunger and poverty and how they as individuals can take action. .
    Project Vote Smart - VoteSmart has developed the CivicsMatters curriculum,available as a set of four lessons One of the lessons is designed to introduce students to the availability of the vast store of information on the Vote Smart Web site. Additional lessons challenge students to move through the information on the site to answer essential questions. Each lesson contains a listing of the background information necessary for students, teacher instructions, additional activities (usually a worksheet), a list of materials and suggestions for classroom discussion.
  • Current Events and Editorial Cartoons

    Grades 5-8 Lesson Plans with Detroit Newspapers - Lesson plans are updated weekly and linked to that week's newspaper. The teaching activities are often multidisciplinary. A wonderful resource!
    Scholastic News - FREE for grades 1-8. You don't have to be a subscriber to access. Teacher section includes news stories, lesson plans, thinking questions...as well as the obvious advertisements encouraging you to subscribe.
    Front Pages of Newspapers Around the World - If you place the mouse on a city, wait a few moments, and then double click, the newspaper headlines will pop up. Keep in mind the newspapers are in the language of their home country. It can be a little slow to load.
  • Election Related Activities & Resources

    Kids Voting USA! - Students learn about democracy through a combination of classroom activities, an authentic voting experience and family dialogue. Instructional materials provide K-12 teachers with valuable civic learning tools to be used throughout the school year, every year. In addition to classroom activities about voting and elections, students also explore the right to vote, democracy and active citizenship.
    PBS by the People: The Democracy Project - Information about voting and elections, past and present. Students can create and print out a "future voters' card" which states the two issues most important to them and how they think they should be handled.
  • PDF DocumentUS Constitution in Simplified Text