LEADING U.S. PUBLISHER, TEACHER CREATED MATERIALS, AND NONPROFIT iCIVICS, PARTNER TO CREATE ENGAGING CIVIC LITERACY KITS FOR GRADES K-5, MEETING STRONG DEMAND FROM PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND COMMUNITY LEADERS
iCivics Readers provide K-5 educators with a fresh, easy, engaging way to teach civics skills through nonfiction and fiction literature paired with lesson plans, games, and hands-on activities.
[HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIFORNIA] August 3, 2021
How do you explain the Bill of Rights to a third grader? Media bias to a fifth grader? Civic duty to a kindergartener? Educational publisher Teacher Created Materials (TCM) and the nonprofit iCivics — the country’s largest civic education provider — have created civic literacy resources for grades K-5.
The product is available for the coming school year.
Introduces civics concepts through literacy
Each iCivics Readers kit includes 10 leveled readers that integrate literacy with civic education. Compelling stories that feature both fiction and nonfiction content help students make concrete connections to key civics topics. Along with the readers are strong digital support, lessons for teachers, and Game Cards providing students with fun opportunities to apply their knowledge.
This series is designed to help students gain civics knowledge, practice civics skills, and develop a civics mindset. They also promote civic discourse and critical thinking.
Fresh, age-appropriate approach
“Your timing is perfect with this product. The fact that it integrates into both ELA and Social Studies makes it easy to implement. And because it is for grades K-5, we can introduce civics to our younger students and that’s what we need,” enthused Nick Stamoulacatos, Social Studies Director for the Syracuse City School District in New York upon sampling the product.
Perfect publishing partnership
“When Chief Justice Sandra Day O'Connor founded iCivics 11 years ago, her vision was to reach middle and high-school students where they ‘live’ – online through video games and digital simulations,” says TCM’s President, Corinne Burton. “Teaming with iCivics allows us to tap into iCivics’ fresh approach to civics education and combine that with TCM’s nearly 45 year track record of publishing materials that teachers can trust. This partnership represents the best of both organizations.”
The kits merge TCM’s publishing expertise with content created by iCivics. Over the past decade iCivics has developed more than 20 games and hundreds of digital lesson plans to teach the fundamentals of civic education. Founded in 2009, iCivics’ materials are the gold standard in civic education. They are used by more than 9 million students every year and trusted by more than 140,000 teachers in every state.
“We are excited to partner with TCM. It is increasingly critical that we start teaching students how our constitutional democracy works as early as possible,” iCivics’ Chief Education Officer Emma Humphries said. “Just as we start teaching math, reading, and science in the early grades, we must also start teaching citizenship in elementary school. This new resource will support teachers in doing so in a meaningful way.”
About Teacher Created Materials
Teacher Created Materials develops innovative and imaginative educational materials and services for students worldwide. Everything they do is created by teachers for teachers and students to make teaching more effective and learning more fun. For more information about Teacher Created Materials and their products, visit https://www.tcmpub.com.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor founded iCivics in 2009 to transform the field through innovative, free educational video games and lessons that teach students to be knowledgeable, curious, and engaged in civic life. Today, iCivics is the nation’s largest provider of civic education curriculum, with our resources used by over 140,000 educators and more than 9 million students each year nationwide. Visit www.icivics.org to learn more.