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  • All components of this product are available and included in digital formats, including read-along ebooks, PDFs of student pages, PDFs of books, and audio recordings for books.

Multimedia Resources

  • Enhance student engagement with videos to introduce civics topics.
  • Extend learning with additional songs, videos, and audio recordings related to civic education.
  • Professional Development videos by iCivics build civics knowledge and teacher's confidence.

Management Guide

Integrate literacy and civic education to help students gain civics knowledge, practice civics skills, and develop civics dispositions with this easy-to-use Management Guide.

  • Explores current research and best practices for teaching civics successfully.
  • Addresses relevant civics topics while guiding students to become civic-minded members of society.
  • Meets state and national standards in literacy and social studies while building 21st century civics skills.

Lesson Plans

Teach students the ins and outs of civic education with standards-based lesson plans.

  • Integrates literacy and civic education to maximize learning.
  • Focuses on critical thinking, thoughtful discussions, and activities that guide students to become civic-minded members of society.

Nonfiction Books

Topic-driven books help students explore social issues, understand government, make logic-based arguments, and consider different options.

  • 10 titles, 6 copies each in print and digital formats.
  • Introduces students to current civics issues and events that are relevant to students’ experiences with engaging readers based on current civics topics.
  • Grabs student’s attention with embedded fictional stories directly connected to the civics topics.

Civics Game Cards

Motivate students to participate and positively affect learning with engaging, collaborative game cards.

  • 6 decks of civics game cards in each grade level.
  • Reinforces civics knowledge and skills in fun and collaborative ways.

Student Engagement

  • Builds literacy and civics knowledge with high-interest books that teach the ins and outs of civics.
  • Provides opportunities for students to actively apply learning through varying civic-minded activities.
  • Allows students to explore their communities and local, state, and federal government.
  • Enhances critical-thinking skills with engaging civic discourse.

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iCivics Readers Sample Pages

This sample includes the following:

  • Management Guide Cover (1 page)
  • Management Guide Table of Contents (1 page)
  • How to Use this Resource Pages (10 pages)
  • Sample Reader (17 pages)
  • Sample Lesson Plan (16 pages)
  • Sample Civic Discourse Lesson (1 page)
  • Sample Game Cards (6 cards)
 

How to Teach Civics in Today's Classrooms

Teaching in today’s ever-changing classroom environment presents many challenges, including teaching civics, a complex topic that can quickly stir up emotions. This webinar will help educators navigate teaching the latest civics guidelines in engaging, informational, and practical ways using trusted resources from organizations such as iCivics, and more.

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Why Civics? Why Now? Re-Imagining Civic Education for the Next Generation

A healthy constitutional democracy requires a citizenry that has the knowledge, skills, and desire to participate in it. To motivate the next generation of students to gain civic knowledge, practice civic skills, and develop a civic mindset, they need the right tools. Guide students to become civic-minded members of society by providing more instructional time for civics coupled with deeper integration of civics content in literacy instruction.

TCM and iCivics have partnered to produce relevant, engaging, and classroom-ready resources designed for that very purpose. Come learn about these brand-new kits -- iCivics Readers -- that empower students to hone both their literacy and their civic literacy at the same time!

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Inquiry-Based Active Learning Strategies for Social Studies

Inquiry-Based learning gives students agency over their learning and develops student-generated questioning skills. When educators apply active-learning techniques in social studies, students aren’t just students, they’re historians and researchers.

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Bringing History to Life: Using Primary Sources in the Classroom

In this professional learning opportunity, teachers will experience engaging strategies to discover ways to use primary sources to bring history to life for all students.

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Authentic Opportunities to Build English Language Proficiency

Discover ways to engage language learners in rich experiences that develop language skills in all four language domains: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This workshop will support educators as they support English language learners in a wide range of settings.

In this session, participants will:

 

  • Explore ways to build context and understanding through rich text, visual, and audio experiences.
  • Experience strategies that allow students ample opportunities to talk about what they are learning, building their English language proficiency.
  • Be equipped with scaffolds that support students right where they are.
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American Indian Leaders Today

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American Indian Leaders Today

American Indian tradition is an important part of American culture! In this nonfiction book, students will learn about American Indian changemakers and their interactions with government. Includes a related fiction piece, glossary, and other key features.

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Changing Our Community

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Changing Our Community

Show students how streets are fixed and new schools are built! This nonfiction reader explores the processes that lead to change in communities and how individuals can get involved. Includes a related fiction story, activity, and other exciting features.

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Civic Duty: Working Together

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Civic Duty: Working Together

Show students that small actions can make a big difference! This nonfiction book explains why civic duties are important and gives examples of American heroes. Includes a glossary, a related short fiction story, and more exciting features.

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Clara Barton: Teacher, Nurse, Leader

Clara Barton, the founder of the American Red Cross, is a heroic figure in U.S. history. Show students how she helped others with this nonfiction reader, which includes historical images, a related fiction piece, an extension activity, and other features.

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Clean Air to Share

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Clean Air to Share

Teach students about the environment and how to protect it! This nonfiction book explains what individuals and the government can do to keep Earth's air clean. Includes a fiction story related to the topic, a glossary, and a "Civics in Action" activity.

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Community Heroes

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Community Heroes

Teach students what it means to be a hero in everyday life! This nonfiction reader will excite students as it explores the responsibilities of local heroes. Includes colorful images, a fiction piece related to the topic, and an extension activity.

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Creativity in Communities

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Creativity in Communities

In this nonfiction book, students will learn how creativity and volunteerism go together. With a related fiction story, glossary, and other features, this book shows students how communities across the United States creatively solve problems.

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Dollars and Cents

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Dollars and Cents

Teach young students all about money with this relevant nonfiction reader! This book details the various U.S. coins and bills in an easy-to-follow way. Includes simple text, a related fiction piece, an extension activity, and more beneficial features.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower: American Leader

Encourage students be leaders by exploring the legacy of Dwight D. Eisenhower! This nonfiction reader details how the 34th president inspired others, from his time in the army to the White House. Includes a fiction story, activity, and more features.

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Eunice Kennedy Shriver: Inspiring Olympics for All

Teach students about Eunice Kennedy Shriver's legacy of inclusivity! This nonfiction reader explores her life, including when she founded the Special Olympics, and offers a related fiction story, an extension activity, and other meaningful features.

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Every Dollar Makes a Difference

Show students why fundraising is important and how individuals can organize together to make a difference! This nonfiction reader includes a related fiction story, glossary, activity, and other useful features that will demonstrate why donating matters.

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Every Drop Counts

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Every Drop Counts

Teach students about the world's freshwater shortage in a relevant and engaging way! This nonfiction reader explains the many ways individuals are working to protect Earth's fresh water. Includes a related fiction story, project, and other key features.

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Everyone Pays Taxes

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Everyone Pays Taxes

Help students understand how taxes work, the different types of taxes, and why taxes exist! This nonfiction reader includes a short fiction piece related to the topic, exciting images and text features, and a meaningful "Civics in Action" activity.

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Fair Play

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Fair Play

What does it mean to be a good sport? Teach students how to be fair on the field, on the court, and in life with this fun nonfiction reader. Includes a fiction story about teamwork, an extension activity, discussion questions, and other helpful features.

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Follow That Dollar

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Follow That Dollar

Every dollar has a story to tell! This nonfiction reader follows a dollar through the economy while explaining key economic concepts and terms. Includes a related fiction story, glossary, extension activity, and other exciting features.

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Good People Everywhere

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Good People Everywhere

Teach students that everyone has the power to show kindness toward others with this nonfiction reader! Includes real-world examples, a short fiction piece related to the topic, discussion questions, an extension activity, and more great features.

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How to Vote

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How to Vote

Students are the voters of tomorrow, so it's important that they understand the voting process! This nonfiction reader explains how voting works and encourages students to be informed. Includes a related fiction story, an extension activity, and more.

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I Pledge Allegiance

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I Pledge Allegiance

Explore the meaning behind the pledge of allegiance! This nonfiction reader analyzes the pledge line by line to help students memorize and understand it. Includes a related fiction piece, discussion questions, an extension activity, and other features.

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John Lewis: Making Good Trouble

Explore the story of a civil rights icon! This reader's meaningful text features, exciting images, related short fiction piece, and "Civics in Action" activity will inspire students as they learn about John Lewis and his fight for justice in America.

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Leaders in the Community

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Leaders in the Community

Mayors, coaches, and principals are just some of the essential community leaders students will learn about in this nonfiction reader! With a related fiction story, project, and more features, this book explores what it means to be a good community leader.

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Meet and Greet

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Meet and Greet

Show students how to greet others politely! This nonfiction reader demonstrates greetings and farewell gestures, from saying "hello" to giving high fives. Includes a short fiction piece related to the topic, an extension activity, and other features.

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My Country, 'Tis of Thee

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My Country, 'Tis of Thee

Help students discover what freedom means to them! This nonfiction reader explains what the song "America" represents in an easy-to-follow way. Includes a fiction story related to the topic, discussion questions, an extension activity, and more features.

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O Say Can You See

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O Say Can You See

Explore the story behind America's national anthem! This nonfiction reader explains the history of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and the meaning behind its famous words. Includes a related fiction story, glossary, extension activity and more.

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Park Rangers

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Park Rangers

Teach students about the park rangers who protect U.S. national parks! This nonfiction reader explores the roles and responsibilities of park rangers. Includes a related fiction story, a map of national parks, an extension activity, and more features.

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Payday!

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Payday!

Teach students about the choices people make with their money! This nonfiction reader explores how people save and spend what they earn on payday. Includes a fiction story related to the topic, an extension activity, and other meaningful features.

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Presidents

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Presidents

Teach students what it means to be president of the United States! This nonfiction reader explores the various responsibilities of the president. Includes relevant images, a related fiction story, an extension activity, and other exciting features.

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See Something, Say Something

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See Something, Say Something

Teach students to speak up when they see something wrong or dangerous! This nonfiction reader will encourage students to stand up for what's right and protect their peers. Includes a related fiction story, extension activity, glossary, and other features.

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Signs All Around Us

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Signs All Around Us

Explore signs students encounter in everyday life! This fun nonfiction reader gives examples of relevant signs and explains their meanings. Includes a fiction piece related to the topic, an extension activity, vibrant images, and other helpful features.

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Solving Problems Together

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Solving Problems Together

In this nonfiction reader, students will learn how individuals can come together to find solutions to important problems. With a related fiction story, project, and other key features, this book explains the importance of collaborative problem-solving.

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The Flag

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The Flag

Help students discover what the American flag means to them! This nonfiction reader explores what the flag represents and why it's respected. Includes thought-provoking questions, colorful images, an extension activity, a related fiction piece, and more.

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The Preamble: The Spirit of America

Teach students the history behind the phrase "We the people" with this nonfiction book! Students can examine the Preamble to the Constitution in a fun and meaningful way. Includes a fiction story related to the topic and other key features.

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The World in My Neighborhood

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The World in My Neighborhood

Students will discover the people, sights, sounds, and smells that make a neighborhood with this nonfiction reader! Includes a fiction story related to the topic, discussion questions, an extension activity, and other exciting features.

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Volunteers to the Rescue

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Volunteers to the Rescue

Show students how they can help others in their communities! This nonfiction reader explores how volunteers make a difference and encourages students to give back. Includes an extension activity, a related fiction piece, discussion questions, and more.

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We Can Vote

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We Can Vote

Teach young students how to be informed voters! This nonfiction reader describes how people can make wise decisions about whom to vote for. Includes a short fiction piece related to the topic, an extension activity, and more useful features.

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What Is an Election?

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What Is an Election?

Teach students about the process of electing government leaders! This nonfiction book's vibrant images, fiction story related to the topic, helpful index, and other key features will help explain elections and civic duties in an easy-to-follow way.

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What Is Media?

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What Is Media?

Connect media to students' daily lives! With this nonfiction book, students can learn to tell fact from opinion when examining media in all its forms. Includes key text features, a related short fiction piece, and a meaningful "Civics in Action" activity.

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Who We Are

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Who We Are

Help students discover the meaning of culture! This nonfiction reader examines diverse cultures and encourages students to celebrate their differences. Includes a fiction story related to the topic, discussion questions, an extension activity, and more.

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Will You Sign My Petition?

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Will You Sign My Petition?

With the power of petition at their fingertips, Americans have the ability to make a difference. This nonfiction book explains the purpose of petitions and how they can be used to create change. Includes a related fiction piece, glossary, and other tools.

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You Have Rights!

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You Have Rights!

Remind students that they have rights! This nonfiction reader explains what rights are and encourages students to stand up for their own. Includes a fiction story related to the topic, discussion questions, an extension activity, and other great features.

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Your Vote, Your Voice

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Your Vote, Your Voice

Students are the voters of tomorrow! Teach them about key voting issues and how the election process works with this nonfiction reader. Includes a fiction story related to the topic, glossary, interactive activity, and other useful features.

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What is iCivics?

iCivics is a nationally trusted nonprofit civic education provider. They create "high-quality, non-partisan, engaging, and free resources to more than 7.6 million students annually" across America (iCivics.org, Who We Are).

Who founded iCivics?

The nonprofit organization iCivics was founded by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 2009 to teach kids how to effectively participate in American democracy and become responsible citizens through play. Determined to make civic education accessible and engaging to students of all ages, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor "considers iCivics to be her most important work and greatest legacy" (iCivics.org, Our Founder).

Can students receive a high-quality civic education while they play games? Does 'civics for kids' really work?

Yes!

The iCivics Readers, card games, and internet resources support and prepare students in grades K-5 to not only become engaged citizens and voters but develop their own independent voice to make their community, country, and world a better place. In fact, current research shows "students who receive high-quality civic education are more likely to understand public issues, participate in civic activities, and view the political process as a method of enacting change in their communities" (p. 9, iCivics White Paper Aug. 2021).

Additionally, a recent iCivics survey of teachers revealed "95% of iCivics teachers have noted that their students are demonstrably more engaged; more interested in politics and current events; more open to civil classroom conversations about current events; and more knowledgeable about how our government works" (iCivics.org, Our Proven Impact).

Can iCivics play an effective role in non-civics and civics classes alike?

Yes!

For example, when 37,000 students played the games "Win the White House" (students attempt to win the majority of electoral votes by strategically raising funds, polling voters, and making personal appearances) and "Cast Your Vote" (students must learn how to become informed voters before casting a vote in an imaginary local election) as part of a test to determine the games' effectiveness as tools, iCivics’ new pre- and post- game assessments showed "an average increase in students’ civic knowledge and dispositions (i.e. likelihood to vote) of 26% and 38% respectively."

You can learn more about iCivics proven impact on student understanding of politics, government, and law by visiting their website. Teachers and other educators above Grade 5 are encouraged to create free iCivics accounts to download age-appropriate lesson plans and game guides, and students in Grade 6 or beyond may continue to play more educational games like "Executive Command" and "Immigration Nation" to explore pivotal citizenship and democratic concepts. Middle school students who create an account can collect impact points, save game progress, unlock special features, and compete with other members on the site.

“There is no more important work than deepening young people’s engagement in our nation.” - Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

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