Website of the Week: The Center on Congress

The Center on Congress – Interactive Learning Modules (Gr. 3-12)

From Indiana University comes a great site with a collection of interactive activities that help students understand how the U.S. government functions. There are a total of eleven activities that cover such topics as civic participation to the federal budget to how members decide to vote. The theme of many of these activities is for students to role-play and walk in the shoes of a congressional representative. Activities are accompanied by lesson plan ideas and possible assessment tools.
  • The next best thing to the real deal for students is to have them role-play. There are a number of ways students can document and reflect on their experiences. For example, students could write-up a blog entry describing the work they did “on the hill” that day for the benefit of their constituents.
The Center on Congress at Indiana UniversityThanks to Free Tech for Teachers for sharing this find.