Curriculum Resources

Free Curriculum : Government

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Offers teacher resource guides on President Lincoln and historical events including Lincoln’s Farewell Address, Gettysburg Address, Mrs. President: From Martha to Laura, Women’s History Month, Black History Month, and Christmas at the White House. 212 North Sixth St., Springfield, IL 62701. 217-782-5764. www.alplm.org.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

The website provides educational value to teach students about the FBI through age-appropriate games, quizzes, tips, stories and interactive activities. J. Edgar Hoover Building, 935 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. 20535. 202-324-3000. www.fbi.gov/fun-games

House of Representatives

Resources, activities and lesson plans can complement your classroom’s study of the House of Representatives. Find information on the role of the House, the first day of Congress, the function of Congress, and how laws are made. Office of the Clerk, U.S. Capitol, Room H154, Washington, D.C. 20515. 202-225-7000. http://kids.clerk.house.gov.

Kids.gov

Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government and links to over 2,000 web pages from government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids. This site can help with homework assignments, class projects, group activities, contests and games. www.Kids.gov

The White House Historical Association

Provides free activities, lesson plans and primary documents on the history and governance of the White House. Other resources include downloadable images, presentations, timeline, and a virtual tour. P.O. Box 27624, Washington D.C. 20038. 202-737-8292. www.whitehousehistory.org.

U.S. Courts

Website materials provide basic information and stimulate critical thinking about the structure and function of the courts as well as some of the precedent-setting decisions that have impacted contemporary life. Court simulations are based on recent Supreme Court decisions and issues important to teens. Even though September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, these programs and resources are relevant all year. These materials are ready for immediate classroom and courtroom experiences. They are designed to be the focus of a high school class visit to a local federal courthouse; however, they also can be used effectively in classrooms. www.uscourts.gov/EducationalResources.aspx.