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By Conny Coon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Engaging games give kids safe, smart civics lessons.

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age 10+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 10+

Disappointed teacher

I used iCivics for a semester for my 9-11 yo class at a homeschool resource center. I liked the organization. It gave me a bit of a jumping off point when I was organizing a new class. But it was too shallow and not challenging enough for my students. It didn't engage them or light their fires. They were bored, even with the games. I phased it out in favor of other materials. Good starting point. But ultimately not satisfying.
age 7+

18 and still love it

I first played on iCivics in history class in Jr. High. I still play it as a senior in high school and still learn a lot and have fun. Executive command and win the White House are great games

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Who says studying civics can't be fun? At iCivics, learning about government, citizenship, civil rights, politics, public policy, and The Constitution is exciting, entertaining, and engaging. Through interactive games ("Cast Your Vote," Immigration Nation," "Responsibility Launcher"), kids can get a grasp of often-complicated concepts and improve their understanding of civics curriculum. Educators of all levels can turn to these online tools to supplement their in-class teaching and turn kids on to some of the more staid civics lessons through gameplay. The language and look used throughout iCivics is geared to the computer-savvy student and it offers a fresh, fun-filled way to learn through play.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Social Studies: citizenship, government, power structures
  • Skills: Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, honoring the community, respect for others
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: October 17, 2019

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