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Three Quick Picks you can pick up and take to your students today. 

Lessons on Demand

Do you have a group of students, a computer, and a good WIFI connection? These quick picks will help any teacher, coach, or aide deliver civics lessons in less than 30 minutes.



Staff Pick: Win the White House

Any age
The most popular video game in the iCivics collection. A refreshed version is now available and challenges students to build their campaigns, develop arguments to support timely issues, strategically raise funds, and poll local voters. Campaign manager Ana will guide you through the process!


Shine a Light on Inspiring Women

Meet Judge Constance Baker Motley. She was the first African American woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, be elected to the New York State Senate, and be appointed a federal judge.



Staff Pick: Rosa Parks, A Proud Daughter
Kindergarten-Second Grade
Using a greeting card as a primary source, students learn to look closely at details, consider the meaning of subtle messages, understand intention, and think critically.  This is an interactive, online game teachers can use in any classroom to help students generate hypotheses about the card’s recipient, sender, and the feelings the sender wanted to express. It is hard to find lessons this good for such young learners! The skills practiced here will last a lifetime.

Judges in the Classroom

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Staff Pick: No Animals Allowed
This lesson is all the rage for K-5 classrooms.  A one-hour visit from a judge will introduce your students to the three branches, with time to learn more about the work of your local court. A fun "You Be the Judge" activity teaches the role of the judicial branch and the difference between a rule and a law. This lesson is available in Mandarin and Spanish.

Tip: Teachers, you can deliver this lesson yourself in a pinch! 

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