American Government and Civics

The Kids in the House From the website: “The Kids in the House website is a public service provided by the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. Our mission is to provide educational and entertaining information about the legislative branch of the United States Government to students of all ages. Topics covered include the role of the U.S. House of Representatives, the legislative process, and House history.”

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government
A website with a series of lessons about the U.S. Government for kids, with separate sections for kids from grades K to 12.

Congress for kids
Interactive, animated site that teaches kids from fourth grade and up about the federal government.

Schoolhouse Rock
Remember those old Schoolhouse Rock videos? Scroll down the playlist to find the one you need.

CIA Kid Zone
Are your kids curious about the Central Intelligence Agency? Check out this website with entertaining information for grades K to 12, free lesson plans, games, and more. Who knew?

​​Liberty’s Kids Tv
Youtube collection of episodes of the popular animated Liberty’s Kids series, enjoyable for elementary and middle school level students.

Free civics resources including comprehensive and well written lesson plans organized into units, with games, and interactive activities to encourage students to learn more about civics from this website founded by a Supreme Court Justice. Appropriate for bright middle school students and high school students, adaptable for elementary level students. Teaching a course on Civics or Government this year? Don’t miss this resource.

Crash Course US Government
If you haven’t checked out Crash Course yet you really should do yourself the favor of viewing a few of these highly entertaining and educational videos. There are 50 videos on government and politics.  This is a great review for middle and high school students.

Bill of Rights Institute
The Bill of Rights Institute is a website dedicated to educating students about the United States Constitution. This site has free lesson plans related to the U.S. Constitution in the form of a newsletter. The site also collects current news stories related to the Bill of Rights.

The United States Mint
Free resources and lesson plans for educators from the United States Mint. Lessons tend to be about the United States Government, not just the Mint.

American Heritage Education Foundation
Free American history lesson plan resource for grades K to 12, available as a download or on a free cd. Designed for use in a classroom.

U.S. Constitution Net
This website dedicated to the United States Constitution offers links to facts and lesson plans for grades K to 12.

National Student Mock Elections
This site offers some lesson plans and other resources for students from elementary school to high school.