Tag: Games

Using games to teach civics can be a great way to make your social studies class more exciting. Not all games are created equal, and some are just fancy ways to test repetition and recall.

But some games do a good job of making abstract ideas for accessible for students and scaffolding how to think about tough concepts. Good games combine exciting(ish) gameplay, motivating game mechanics, and important concepts. Some good examples are the ReDistricting Game, as well as some iCivics offerings like Do I Have a Right and Race to Ratify.

Game based learning isn’t just about video games, either. You can find some quality board games and card games that teach civics concepts – like Politicraft and Mapmaker: the Gerrymandering Game.

All of these games are ways to simulate democratic processes for your students, which is one of the proven practices for improving civics education.

Check out the collection of posts below for some reviews, suggestions, and news about teaching civics with games.


How to Teach Gerrymandering with Mapmaker the Game

Close up shot of Mapmaker: the Gerrymandering Game, a great tool for teaching gerrymandering.

Gerrymandering is a complex and abstract topic, but it is extremely relevant if you’re learning about government and politics today. Thankfully, there are some great resources out there to help you teach gerrymandering, like Mapmaker: the Gerrymandering Game. Mapmaker: the Gerrymandering Game is great strategy game, and it’s based on the concepts involved in gerrymandering. […]

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Weekly News Roundup

This Week in Civics: Road to Autocracy, Generation Citizen, and Columbus

The Oklahoma Statehouse with the title, "Generation Citizen, Columbus, and Autocracy"

Every week, I take a moment to look back over the week’s news and op-eds related to civics education to see what’s going on around the country (and sometimes the world). This week was a slow news week, so it’s going to be a quick recap. Let’s dive in and see what’s going on. Another […]

Weekly News Roundup

This Week in Civics: A Kid Governor, a Spanish Civics Game, and More

Boy Sitting at a Desk with a Globe and holding Markers.

This week in civics news, there was the typical collection of op-eds in favor of more civics education as well as citizenship testing. But there were two interesting bits of news as well – one involving a kid governor and another involving a new Spanish resource for teaching civics. So read on to find out […]