Deb Brown, former president of the Kansas Council for the Social Studies and current K-12 Social Studies specialist at Shawnee Mission School District, sent me this web site review several months ago. I asked if I could post it and she agreed.
I’m just now getting back to it. Christmas, the Super Bowl, several ice storms, winter high school sports, March Madness and a couple of books by the fireplace all got in the way.
I’m easily distracted.
But Deb’s review is too good to leave behind so . . . here ya go.
I am absolutely enamored with this website for interactive games and simulations dealing with Law Related Education. This website is from Law Focused Education, a branch of the Texas Bar Association. You really need to explore and take part in a couple of the activities. Great classroom review and can be used for instruction. Some of the activities are specific to Texas law but I have included application to our classrooms below.
Who can use this?
- Appropriate for High school: Foundations of American Law, Legal Studies, American Government or even United States History
- Appropriate for Middle School: Many of you may be beyond your Constitution, Government and Law units but check it out and bookmark it for later.
- Elementary Teachers: A variety of activities for you as well.
- ELL students and teachers: Some activities are appropriate
I went through all of the following activities:
- Bill of Rights Match Game – Has an elementary and secondary version.
- Pick Six – Geared toward legal studies and street law. (High School)
- Constitution Relay – Wow . . . great review for all things Constitution including the Constitutional Convention. (Middle or High School)
- Pirates of the Preamble – This was not easy. (Middle School)
- American Symbols – Good click and drag of symbols to clues. (Elementary or ELL)
- Preamble Scramble – Wasn’t working when I tried it. Looks like another click and drag. (Upper elementary and Middle school)
- Pick Twelve – Interactive Jury game with a downloadable printable version. (High School)
- Federalist Anti-Federalist – This is a tough one, you would really need to know your stuff. (High School, challenging even for AP classes)
- Pledge of Allegiance – Click and drag the pledge into the correct order of the words. (Elementary and ELL)
- Declaration Clarification – Click and drag the Ceclaration into the correct order. (Middle School)
A more detailed synopsis about a couple of the activities I checked out.
The Pick Six Game
A case is presented dealing with a juvenile alcohol issue. In addition to selecting whether to be the prosecuting attorney or the defense attorney, participants must go through the jury selection process (voir dire) and will be scored on how well they selected a jury for their side.
The Bill of Rights Game
I really like this one. Situations vary each time you play. Students must determine if the situation is constitutional AND determine which of the 10 amendments applies to that situation. There is an elementary version and a secondary version. If students miss a question they do have the opportunity to try again. Students’ final time appears on their certificate of completion that can be printed out. Did I mention students can print out a copy of the Bill of Rights to assist them if they need it?