US Government

by Mary Ann Kelley

Homeschool resources about the US government

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Law Focused Education Inc. - Online games  (Y,M,O,T)
A favorite for the latest in civic and law-related education materials and programs. LFEI pledges is to provide pre-service and kindergarten through high school teachers updates on quality professional development opportunities, information on available curriculum, and teaching resources such as the "Lesson Plan of the Month" feature. Additionally, teachers and students alike will be able to access fun, interactive web games built around key civic knowledge and skills.

The American Form of Government  (M,O)
This ten minute video is an overview of the various forms of government, examples of each from history, and leads into a discussion about the difference between a democracy and a republic. Excellent material for any student.

Bill of Rights Institute  (Y,M,O,T)
The Bill of Rights Institute offers a variety of educational resources free of charge. Weekly eLessons offer 20-minute discussion guides for middle and high school history and government teachers. Each eLesson includes a lively background reading, discussion questions and extension options. They are an excellent source of lessons relating to primary source documents having to do with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Money Curriculum Unit  (M,Y)
The unit includes information on the face of U.S. currency, counterfeit protection, the history of money and a teacher's guide.

CIA Kids' Page  (Y,M,O,T)
Welcome. We're glad you're here to learn more about the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA is an independent US government agency that provides national security "intelligence" to key US leaders so they can make important, informed decisions. CIA employees gather intelligence (or information) in a variety of ways, not just by "spying" like you see in the movies or on TV (though we do some of that, too). On the following pages, you can read more about us, play some games, and help us solve some puzzles. Throughout this section, you'll also see some top secret things you won't find anywhere else.

CIA for Parents & Teachers  (Y,M,O,T)
While the CIA Kids' Page provides kid-friendly information about the Agency, this page gives you additional resources, lesson plans, and discussion points for you and your children/students to learn more about the CIA and its history of intelligence. At the CIA, we know parents and teachers are valuable resources for children, especially when they have questions or are seeking advice. In this section, you'll find the following useful information:Internet Safety, Teacher Resources and Suggested Lesson Plans, how to use the CIA Web Site in the classroom and topical lesson-plans about the CIA, its history, and its role today. Help Kids Say No to Drugs How-to advice on helping children avoid drug abuse.

America's Debate Radio  (O,T)
This website encourages healthy debate about local, national and world politics. Inclused forums, podcasts, and chat rooms.

Congress.org  (M,O,T)
Great site for U.S. Government information. Includes directories from the President straight on down to local elected officials, Supreme Court judges and Federal Agencies. Legislation information: Bill Search, Vote Search, State Bill Search, Track Votes by Email. Election: Election 2012 Candidates & Info, 20121 Presidential Candidates and Register to Vote.

First Amendment Quiz  (O)
Teach the First Amendment.

U.S. Federal Links for the Classroom  (Y,M,O,T)

KidsGov.com  (Y,M,T)
The official kids portal to the US Government. Explore, learn, and have fun! Information grouped by age and subject for grades K-5, 6-8 and educators!

America's Heritage: An Adventure in Liberty  (T)
From AmericanHeritage.org. A curriculum supplement written by teachers for Kindergarten-12th grade.

Federal Reserve Education lessons  (M,O,T)
The materials are sorted into three main categories: Economics, Personal Finance, and Social Studies/History. For easy reference, each resource is listed with its appropriate audience and media type.

Ben's Guide to the US Government for Kids  (Y,M,O,T)
This site offers a nice explanation of the electoral college with links to related topics. Breaks out information into grade related categories: K-2,3-5,6-8,9-12 and Parents & Teachers.

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