The Justice Teaching Center for Civic Learning provides a variety of lessons and activities to use in the classroom as part of your partnership. The materials are divided by grade level. These are a sampling of featured lessons and we have a large collection of lessons you can request depending on the topic or benchmark you are presenting. Contact email@example.com to request a specific topic.
Review each lesson carefully and all associated handouts, PowerPoint slides, and other resources. Remember, to discuss the lesson carefully with the teacher so he/she can approve the content and strategies. It is important to be engaging with the students. Walk around the room and be friendly and conversational with all grade levels. Ask questions and have small group interactions, depending on the exercise.
Remember, it is critical not to bring partisan influences or biases into the classroom in any way. Be neutral in your presentations and help students build confidence in their own critical thinking skills.
For information or further instructions on how to implement any specific activity, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Answer as many questions on the sheet as you can individually. Then, at your table, discuss with others the topics which appear in each box.
PDF Judicial Bingo
Teaching about controversial issues provides opportunities for students to practice critical thinking, persuasive speaking, and listening skills.
This elementary lesson should be implemented at the beginning of the academic year to establish the importance of rules in a classroom environment as well as in our governmental system. A game format is utilized to allow students to learn about the importance of rules in an engaging way.
PDF Rules, Rules, Rules
What may happen if we didn’t have any rules or laws? This activity will help elementary students explore the three branches of government.
PowerPoint Elementary Road Map
How are rules like laws? In this exercise, students will explore a hypothetical rule and determine its meaning. Students will be presented with a variety of scenarios to determine if the rule has been violated. Students will discuss the purpose of the rule and if they would recommend any changes.
PowerPoint Are Animals Allowed?
In this activity, students will be introduced to questions on the naturalization test for prospective U.S. citizens through an engaging matching game.
PDF Civics Match Up Lesson
The Florida Legislature website defines the Florida Constitution as an organized system of fundamental principles for the government of the state. It is of a permanent and general nature and originates from the people rather than from the Legislature.
PowerPoint FL Courts Scavenger Hunt
Analyze the significance and outcomes of landmark Supreme Court.
Answer Key Quoting the Case
PowerPoint Quoting the Case