Teaching Civics and Law

Helpful guides for Texas teachers. Many lessons meet TEKS standards.
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Created for grades 5 – 12, this digital board game reviews facts about the #Constitution and the Constitutional Convention. Players are awarded points for correct answers! Great as part of a classroom lesson or a summer review!

Created for grades 5 – 12, this digital board game reviews facts about the #Constitution and the Constitutional Convention. Players are awarded points for correct answers! Great as part of a classroom lesson or a summer review!

Celebrate Constitution Day every day!  This interactive puzzle game challenges grade 3-8 students to correctly arrange the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution in the correct order. Students must use prior knowledge and puzzle clues to complete.

Celebrate Constitution Day every day! This interactive puzzle game challenges grade students to correctly arrange the Preamble to the U. Constitution in the correct order. Students must use prior knowledge and puzzle clues to complete.

Seventh grade educators: Here's a lesson on the key ideas of the eight constitutions of Texas, complete with a reading on the history of the documents and a Texas flag graphic organizer for your students. TEKS: 7.2D, 7.3C, 7.14

Seventh grade educators: Here's a lesson on the key ideas of the eight constitutions of Texas, complete with a reading on the history of the documents and a Texas flag graphic organizer for your students.

A POSTAL TRIBUTE TO WOMEN Learning Objectives: The students will... 1. Research the lives of famous women whose images are on U.S. postal stamps. 2. Recognize the contributions of famous women in America’s history. 3. Create a visual to honor an influential woman. TEKS: SS 3.11B, 3.17A; LA 3.25B, 3.26A, 3.26B  Materials Needed: One copy of the stamp template for each student, access to research materials or websites, large index cards, markers or crayons.

A POSTAL TRIBUTE TO WOMEN Learning Objectives: The students will... 1. Research the lives of famous women whose images are on U.S. postal stamps. 2. Recognize the contributions of famous women in America’s history. 3. Create a visual to honor an influential woman. TEKS: SS 3.11B, 3.17A; LA 3.25B, 3.26A, 3.26B Materials Needed: One copy of the stamp template for each student, access to research materials or websites, large index cards, markers or crayons.

Headlining Progress: Extra! Extra! In this activity, students will match dates, newspaper headlines, and opening paragraphs of articles on historic advancements in technology, medicine, and transportation. Examples include the first successful heart transplant, the discovery of the North Pole, and the moon walk. TEKS: US 27B, US 28A, and US 28D.

Headlining Progress: Extra! Extra! In this activity, students will match dates, newspaper headlines, and opening paragraphs of articles on historic advancements in technology, medicine, and transportation. Examples include the first successful heart transplant, the discovery of the North Pole, and the moon walk. TEKS: US 27B, US 28A, and US 28D.

America the Beautiful lesson! Students will: identify the song American the Beautiful and demonstrate an understanding of the words in it; relate how the song represents American beliefs, apply critical thinking skills, and communicate in verbal, visual, and written forms. TEKS: 2.4B, 2.18A, 2.18B, 2.18D, 2.19A

America the Beautiful lesson! Students will: identify the song American the Beautiful and demonstrate an understanding of the words in it; relate how the song represents American beliefs, apply critical thinking skills, and communicate in verbal, visual, and written forms. TEKS: 2.4B, 2.18A, 2.18B, 2.18D, 2.19A

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!  Learning objectives:   1.Explore ways our Hispanic heritage impacts the United States through food, names of cities, and other ways.  2. Understand the contributions of people of Hispanic heritage to our national history.  3. Create a visual to inform classmates.  TEKS: SS 3.13A, 3.13B; LA 3.26C

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Learning objectives: 1.Explore ways our Hispanic heritage impacts the United States through food, names of cities, and other ways. 2. Understand the contributions of people of Hispanic heritage to our national history. 3. Create a visual to inform classmates. TEKS: SS 3.13A, 3.13B; LA 3.26C

Come to My Dinner Party! In this exercise, students decide the placement of historical guests, such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and Caesar Chavez, at a dinner party. Which guests have differing views? What arrangements will lead to the most lively conversation? It's up to your students to decide as they analyze the roles of key personalities in the civil rights movement. TEKS: US 9B, US 9C, and US 9D.

Come to My Dinner Party! In this exercise, students decide the placement of historical guests, such as Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Thurgood Marshall, Rosa Parks, and Caesar Chavez, at a dinner party. Which guests have differing views? What arrangements will lead to the most lively conversation? It's up to your students to decide as they analyze the roles of key personalities in the civil rights movement. TEKS: US 9B, US 9C, and US 9D.

Law Day is May 1!

The Magna Carta Chronicle: Eight Hundred Years in the Fight for Freedom by Christopher Lloyd

Let’s Learn a Little About the Law is a coloring/activity book about Officer Bob and Luis the Lawyer and the importance each plays in keeping our community safe.

Let’s Learn a Little About the Law is a coloring/activity book about Officer Bob and Luis the Lawyer and the importance each plays in keeping our community safe.

Luis Goes to Court is a coloring/activity book about a young boy who witnesses a bicycle being stolen and must go to court to testify.

Luis Goes to Court is a coloring/activity book about a young boy who witnesses a bicycle being stolen and must go to court to testify.

More game-based learning projects from the State Bar of Texas. Which branches of government hold what powers? Play to learn! Grades 6-12.

More game-based learning projects from the State Bar of Texas. Which branches of government hold what powers?

Grades 4 and 7: This game leads students through three different levels that challenge them to identify different Texas Courts.

Grades 4 and This game leads students through three different levels that challenge them to identify different Texas Courts.

Be Safety Smart! Create your own characters and answer questions about transportation safety. Developed for grades K-2 (with a guide) and 3–5, this simulation helps students understand safe behavior on buses, bikes, skateboards, and passenger cars. Players receive points for correct answers. Great as part of a classroom lesson or a summer review at home!

Be Safety Smart! Create your own characters and answer questions about transportation safety. Developed for grades K-2 (with a guide) and 3–5, this simulation helps students understand safe behavior on buses, bikes, skateboards, and passenger cars. Players receive points for correct answers. Great as part of a classroom lesson or a summer review at home!

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