Remote Learning Toolkit For Educators

Watch a brief video message from iCivics’ Chief Education Officer, Emma Humphries, before you dive into the resources.

iCivics Games

Put students into action with civics games. All games can be played in 30-45 minutes.
Immigration Nation Guide newcomers through the path to citizenship.
Responsibility Launcher Help citizens discover their civic duties and responsibilities.
Activate Pick an issue, lead a campaign, grow a movement, and make a difference.
Do I Have a Right? Run a law firm and test your knowledge of constitutional rights.
Win the White House Run your own presidential campaign!
Do I Have a Right? Run a law firm and test your knowledge of constitutional rights.
Cast Your Vote Election Day is coming, are you prepared to vote?
NewsFeed Defenders Fight hidden ads, viral deception, and false reporting as a NewsFeed Defender!
Immigration Nation Guide newcomers through the path to citizenship.
Do I Have a Right? Run a law firm and test your knowledge of constitutional rights.
Cast Your Vote Election Day is coming, are you prepared to vote?
Win the White House Run your own presidential campaign!
Branches of Power Learn to control all three branches of the U.S. government!
Court Quest Navigate our court system and guide citizens to the right place.

Game Odyssey

Think shelter in place means an end to adventure and excitement? Think again and #ShelterInPlay! The new iCivics Game Odyssey turns our free online games into an exciting quest for civics knowledge. Your students can play their way through a series of games each week, claim badges, share their successes, and learn important civics lessons on the journey to becoming a Civic Boss.

We will release new Quests every week beginning Monday, April 20. Be sure you are subscribed to our email list to receive the newest Quests.

Lesson Plans

Civics is playing out before our students’ eyes during this time. Use our most popular print-and-go lesson plans to help build knowledge of key concepts from how local and federal governments are working to keep the public safe to the balance between freedom and civic responsibility.
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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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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Amendment Mini-Lesson

Looking for a fun and easy way to help students learn or review their individual rights? This mini-lesson highlights the Constitution's amendments and new artwork from one of our fondest games Do I Have a Right?

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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.

Got a 1:1 classroom? Download fillable PDF versions of this lesson's materials below!

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Students Engage!

Problems need solutions, and solutions require plans. In this lesson, students brainstorm a list of local problems and action steps that they might take to solve these problems in their community to affect political change.

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A Very Big Branch

In A Very Big Branch, students learn that there's more to the executive branch than just the president! Students explore the roles and responsibilities of the presidential cabinet and executive departments and agencies.

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The Capable County

County governments provide us with valuable services. In this lesson, students explore the many roles filled by their county government and the role of county governments in our federalist system.

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The State Governor

In this lesson, students discover the roles and responsibilities of a governor. Through a reading and board game, students identify the source of a governor's power and how that power is best used in a variety of situations.

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State-Federal Tug-of-War (HS)

Even before the Constitution was ratified, the relationship between state and federal power was unclear. Students will learn the source of that tension and why this tug-of-war has continued through our nation’s history.

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State Executive Branch (HS)

Dive into the structure and functions of the state executive branch! Students learn about the most common executive offices, their officials, and how the state executive branches regulate actions within the state. 

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County Government (HS)

The United States has 3,069 county governments acting as a bridge between state governments and the people. This lesson covers the diversity in county government structure, duties, services, and the budgeting process.

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Crisis Collaboration: COVID-19 Mini Lesson

What do you know about the government's response to the coronavirus pandemic? Explore the actions and relationships between different levels of government as they figure out what to do in response to COVID-19.

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Free Online Course: iCivics & Study Edge AP® U.S. Government & Politics

This year’s AP exams will be administered online. Your students can prepare at home using our free online, on-demand course, created in partnership with Study Edge. The course includes more than 50 tutor videos and accompanying study guides that break down all of the essential content of the AP GoPo course. Email iCivics@studyedge.com to get your free access code. Free access will be available until August 31, 2020.

Blogs

Tips, tricks, and content created by educators for educators.

Civics Deserves a Google Search Too

iCivics' Senior Curriculum Developer, Taylor Davis, reflects on why we should be using this time to talk civics at home.

Answers to Your Remote Learning Questions

A few tips from our Support Team to help make the switch to using iCivics remotely a little easier.

#ShelterInPlay: Teaching in a Crisis with iCivics

iCivics Educator Network member, Scott Marsden (CA), shares tips for navigating distance learning with iCivics.

An Educator's Reflection on Teaching Remotely

iCivics Educator Network member, Elizabeth Schley-Evans (AZ), shares tips for balancing teaching remotely and self-care.

Updated Lesson Plans: Separate Student & Teacher PDFs

iCivics lesson plan formats adjusted to include both teacher-facing and student-facing versions.

How to Structure a Virtual Classroom

iCivics Educator Network member, Jenifer Hitchcock (VA), shares her advice on how teachers can structure a virtual classroom and adapt to distance learning.

A Love Letter to Educators and Parents During School Closures

iCivics' Director of Social Engagement, Amber Coleman-Mortley, shares advice for those undertaking remote teaching and homeschooling.

Accessing iCivics Games: Preloaded on Devices Without Internet Access

A complete list of iCivics games that can be downloaded from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

Free Webinars

Learn with us at your convenience. Register for free online learning opportunities or view what you missed on-demand.

A More Perfect Union: When Civics Games Connect with ELA Writing Activities

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Teaching Your Kids about Democracy

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Learn about Teaching with iCivics from our Chief Education Officer, Emma Humphries

Live webinar recorded by Joe Schmidt of the Maine Department of Education.

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