“A primary object…should be the education of our youth in the science of government. In a republic, what species of knowledge can be equally important? And what duty more pressing…than…communicating it to those who are to be the future guardians of the liberties of the country?” ~George Washington
iCivics (civics, government) – This web-based education project offers a collection of free interactive games for students that promote civics education and encourage students to become active citizens. The project was founded by retired US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor because she was concerned that students’ failing grades on civics examinations were due to inadequate information and tools required for civic participation, and that civics teachers needed better materials and support. Justice O’Connor suggested tapping into the time teenagers spend online by using games to teach the fundamentals of civics and active engagement. In addition to games, the site includes webquests, curriculum units, and individual lesson plans. iCivics operates in partnership with Georgetown Law School and Arizona State University.
Presidential Prayer Team – Since 2001, Americans have turned to the Presidential Prayer Team as a source of encouragement and inspiration to pray for America, our President, our national leaders, and our Armed Forces.
American Government Unit Study – Excellent!
Ben’s Guide to U.S. Government for Kids – Great site!
Printable Outline Map of the USA – “Are you using this time to teach your children about the election process? When my children were young, we created a large map and added all the elector votes for each state. On the day of the election, they would color in the states as they voted and they could count the elector votes to see how each candidate was doing. It was a lot of fun…although it was a late evening.” ~Jeannie Fulbright
U.S. Symbols – For 2nd & 3rd graders from Enchanted Learning.
A Citizens Guide to the Budget of the United States (2011) – This Guide and the full Report are produced by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in cooperation with the Office of Management and Budget.
PBS Kids’ Democracy Project- Activities and lesson plans for introducing the structure and duties of local, state and federal government; understanding how government affects our everyday lives, through laws, institutions and services provided in the community; identifying the duties of the U.S. president and thinking critically about the skills necessary to be a good president; understanding the history of voting rights in America, and articulating how voting and other forms of civic involvement are essential to a healthy democracy. The online activities are designed for students in grades 3 to 6, with accompanying lesson plans for language arts (LA), social studies (SS), and math (M).
U.S. Census Bureau – The leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy. The Census Bureau is working to increase the use of infographics in making data available to the public, and their Data Visualization Gallery is a part of that effort.
The Federal Register – The official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents. It is updated daily by 6 a.m. and is published Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.)
American Civics – Videos about how government works in the United States. (From Khan Academy, a not-for-profit with the goal of providing a world-class education to anyone anywhere, completely free of charge.)
American Government – The content available on the Georgia Department of Education’s Shared Resources Website is available for anyone to view. Courses are divided into modules and are aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards. High School.
American Government & Economics – Parallel Alternative Strategies for Students (PASS) volumes written by Florida educators are free, ready-to-use resources in PDF format that may be reproduced or used as a workbook. The student volumes are presented in an easy-to-understand format for students seeking a standard diploma.
Democracy in America – A video course for high school, college and adult learners; 15 half-hour video programs, print guide, and website. Democracy in America, a video course in civics, covers topics of civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions recommended by The Civics Framework for the National Assessment of Educational Progress developed by the U.S. Department of Education. The 15 half-hour video programs, hosted by national television correspondent Renée Poussaint, and related print and website materials provide both cognitive and experiential learning in civics education. Produced by the Educational Film Center. 2003.
America’s Historical Documents (The National Archives preserves and provides access to the records of the Federal Government. Here is a sample of these records, from our most celebrated milestones to little-known surprises.)
Founding.com (A User’s Guide to the Declaration of Independence.)
Teaching with Documents: Observing Constitution Day (September 17)
The Constitution Society (A private non-profit organization dedicated to research and public education on the principles of constitutional republican government.)
Politics & Elections
Alfy Election Section (This website has an election section especially for kids, with info about the White House, the presidents, and the candidates; kids can even cast their vote here.)
Elections (Compare your beliefs on issues with each candidate.)
Guide to Getting Ready for Election Day (Activities and study ideas.)
History of Voting (Great for timelines or research.)
Suffrage Around the World (In alphabetical order by country.)
Past President Selector – Based upon the popular Presidential Candidate Selector, this site offers the opportunity for you to compare and contrast the strengths and weaknesses of 41 past presidents. Which past President do you resemble?
Presidents of the United States (Comprehensive resource guide to the US Presidents.)
White House (Online Tour)
CongressLink – CongressLink provides information about the U.S. Congress—how it works, its members and leaders, and the public policies it produces. The site also hosts lesson plans and reference and historical materials related to congressional topics.
Thomas Legislative Information on the Net (Legislative information on the internet, in the spirit of Thomas Jefferson, a service of the Library of Congress.)
U.S. Code of Law (Search the United States Code.)
Fully Informed Jury Association (The mission of this organization is to inform all Americans about their rights, powers, and responsibilities when serving as trial jurors.)
Supreme Court Collection (Justices of the Supreme Court photos and bios from the Legal Information Institute.)
Washington, D.C. (Online Tour of our nation’s capitol.)
International Institute of Social History – IISH is one of the world’s largest documentation and research centres in the field of social and economic history. Since its foundation in 1935, the Institute has dedicated itself to the collection, preservation and availability of the heritage of social movements worldwide.
Strategic Intelligence (Links to national and international intelligence organizations.)
Political Resources on the Net (Learn about the governments of other nations; links to parties, movements, organizations and governments grouped by country.)
Rulers.org (This site contains lists of heads of state and heads of government – and, in certain cases, de facto leaders not occupying either of those formal positions – of all countries and territories, going back to about 1700 in most cases.)
Suffrage Around the World (In alphabetical order by country.)
U.S. Department of State Youth Website (U.S. Foreign Affairs and Diplomacy.)
Bean Counter’s Accounting & Bookkeeping Tutorial Site – Free interactive online accounting and bookkeeping tutorials and lessons for high school students to adults. Bean Counter’s educational and entertaining accounting tutorials explain financial accounting principles and concepts in layman’s terms. An interactive ebook version of the tutorial is available for each bookkeeping course. A PDF version of each of the tutorials is also provided in order to simplify printing out a “hard” copy. Also provided are multimedia bookkeeping and accounting presentations, quizzes, and exams to test what you learned from these free bookkeeping and accounting lessons.
Economics from a Christian Perspective – This is a free online 18-week course that covers both micro and macro economic principles. It begins with micro-economics (the study of an individual’s economic actions) and adds macro-economics (the study of a society’s economic actions) along the way. There is an emphasis on how Scripture teaches us to view economic principles and how those can be put into practice by an individual, a family, and a state. The goal of this course is for the student to develop a biblical understanding of economics. The material is available online for anyone to freely read and study, but the suggested age for the economics tutorial is at least 15 years old. It is possible to gain some understanding while a student is younger, but to gain the most from it they should be in high school.
Economics – The content available on the Georgia Department of Education’s Shared Resources Website is available for anyone to view. Courses are divided into modules and are aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards. High School.
How Much is That? – A site showing comparative value covering prices, purchasing power, earnings, GDP, interest rates, exchange rates and other economic variables. The calculators allow you to convert past values into current values (and vice versa).
Measuring Worth – MeasuringWorth is a service for calculating relative worth over time.
http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/15319 – The Government Class Book, by Andrew W. Young
http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/outusgov/ – Outline of U.S. Government
http://s155777461.onlinehome.us/docs/21be_47e.htm – Ruler of the Nations: Biblical Principles for Government
http://www.garynorth.com/public/department57.cfm – An economic commentary on the Bible showing how the Bible mandates free market capitalism.
http://www.garynorth.com/public/1033.cfm – An Introduction to Christian Economics
http://www.garynorth.com/public/512.cfm – Honest Money: The Biblical Blueprint for Money and Banking
http://www.fee.org/library/ – Foundation for Economic Education
http://www.mises.org/money.asp – What Has Government Done to Our Money?
Inside the Global Economy – A video instructional series on economics for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 13 one-hour video programs and coordinated books. Created by an international team, this series offers a multinational perspective on how the global economy and market affect individuals, businesses, and industry. The series features 26 case studies, with follow-up analysis, from more than 20 countries, balancing widely held American views with opinions from around the globe and allowing comparison of the strategies used in international economics today.
Microeconomics and Macroeconomics – Topics covered in an traditional college level introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics course. (From Khan Academy, a not-for-profit with the goal of providing a world-class education to anyone anywhere, completely free of charge.)
Core Finance – Videos on finance and macroeconomics. (From Khan Academy, a not-for-profit with the goal of providing a world-class education to anyone anywhere, completely free of charge.)
Banking and Money – Videos on how banks work and how money is created. (From Khan Academy, a not-for-profit with the goal of providing a world-class education to anyone anywhere, completely free of charge.)
Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition – A video instructional series on micro- and macroeconomics for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 28 half-hour video programs; 28 audio programs; coordinated text and guides; and website. Explore economic history, theory, and practice through case studies and interviews with Nobel-prize winning and major economists. The series covering macro, micro, and international economics features Milton Friedman, Paul Samuelson, John Kenneth Galbraith, Alice Rivlin, and Ben Bernanke, among others. Major economic events, including the 2008 banking crisis and technology’s influence on the economy, connect economic theory to the headlines. The full complement of material includes audio interviews and a coordinated website. Economics U$A: 21st Century Edition is produced by the Educational Film Center. 2012.
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