Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Catch of the Day - Our Courts - 27 Apr 10

Today's ocean fresh catch is Our Courts, a civics site

Our Courts is an education project designed to teach students civics and encourage them to be active participants in our democracy.

Our Courts Home Page

Resources on the site include online lesson plans and links to teaching resources, links to each branch of government in your state, and the Our Courts games.

Our Courts Games

Our Courts was inspired by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who is concerned that students are not getting the information and tools they need for civic participation, and that civics teachers need better materials and support.

Lesson About the Courts

These resources have been created by classroom teachers and are practical solutions to classroom needs. Justice O’Connor believes that education is the cornerstone of a successful democracy.

Learn About Civics

Teachers and curriculum specialists have guided every aspect of the development of Our Courts. They defined the goals, crafted problems and drafted lesson plans to engross middle school students, and ensured alignment to state standards.

Talk to the Justice

For students, Our Courts has interactive features like Civics in Action, and Talk to the Justice, where students can tell each other and Justice O’Connor about their opinions and their civic participation.


1 comment:

Mrs. Tenkely said...

This is outstanding, I could have used this in school. Civics is overlooked in so many schools and yet it is a vital part of being a productive citizen.

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