Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, together with iCivics, Arizona State University an Georgetown University, have put together a handy site for teachers of government and civics. Called Our Courts, the site hosts a couple of online sims, links to lessons and videos and fictional situations that help kids understand their own constitutional rights.
Our Courts is web-based education project designed to teach students civics and inspire them to be active participants in our democracy. Our Courts is the vision of 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.
The site has also created a YouTube channel with nine videos so far. In the introduction, Justice O’Connor explains that today’s kids use a wide variety of tools and technology and that
we old people need to be willing to use them if we’re asking young people to learn about civics.
I especially like the two simulations, Do I Have a Right and Supreme Decision – both do a nice job of forcing kids into situtations that make them think.
The site also has a very nice set of lesson plans that are aligned to individual state standards. You can browse by grade and content area. Overall, Our Courts is a great place for both you and your kids.