Citizenship & Participation

Students will learn what it means to be a U.S. citizen and how citizenship is obtained. They will compare and contrast personal and political rights with social responsibilities and personal duties. Students will explore global citizenship, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens in other countries. They will also learn about community engagement by selecting a problem of their own and creating a plan to solve it.

Get Counted! (The U.S. Census)

What do you know about the U.S. Census? How does it affect your community? Are you prepared to be counted? Learn the who, what, when, where, why and how of the census in this lesson about the importance of being counted.

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Plug Into Power with the U.S. Census (Infographic)

Every 10 years the U.S. government circulates a census. Make sure your students know how to make it count with this printable infographic!

Citizen Me

Students learn that they are citizens at many levels of society — home, school, city, state, and nation — and create a graphic organizer that diagrams rights and responsibilities at these different levels of citizenship.

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Citizenship: Just the Facts

In this lesson, students get the basics of U.S. citizenship. As a foundation for studying the rights and responsibilities of citizens, they’ll learn what it means to be a citizen and how people become U.S. citizens.

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Sortify: U.S. Citizenship
Play Time: 0-15 mins
Test your knowledge of U.S. citizenship without getting out of sorts!

This Land is Your Land

What ocean is off the east coast? Who is our southern neighbor? What are the U.S. territories? Can you draw the Rocky Mountains on a map? In this lesson, students answer these questions and more as they learn the basics of United States geography.


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Immigration Nation Extension Pack

Make your students’ gameplay more meaningful by using our activity and assessment set designed specifically for Immigration Nation. This easy-to-use Extension Pack helps you give context and purpose to the game, as well as reinforce and assess the game concepts.


Immigration Nation and its Extension Pack are correlated according to WIDA's methodology using the WIDA PRIME V2 Inventory. To see how these materials best meet your ELL students' needs, click here. (Note: PRIME stands for Protocol for Review of Instructional Materials for ELLs.) 

Immigration & Citizenship
For a person "coming to America", immigration is a precursor to citizenship. In this WebQuest, students learn why people migrate and what attracts them to America, and take a look at the naturalization process. 

The Fourth Branch: You!

Young people may not feel like they are part of the government, but they are! In this lesson, students learn how citizens influence government and measure the impact of their "citizen power" on each of our three branches.

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