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NH Civics is pleased to share with you a library of civics curricula created by NH teachers between 2015 and 2019 and inspired by a NH Civics teacher professional development opportunity. See below the various topics around which we have organized the curricula; you can search by topic, keyword, or grade level. These curricular resources were edited by NH Civics Trustees, graduate students and a professor from Plymouth State College, and a high school civics teacher. We hope these teacher-created resources are helpful, relevant, and that they make increased quality and quantity of civics instruction in NH possible. We aim to add to this library over time.



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Classes for Fifth Grade

  • Becoming President - Virtual

    In this lesson, students learn the complexities of the election process, with a focus on the electoral college and its effect on the campaign process. Students play "Win the White House" from iCivics after an introduction to the electoral college. Explain the electoral process (primary and general elections, Electoral College). Identify the influence of the media in forming public opinion Analyze how parts of a whole interact to produce outcomes in complex systems,

  • Bill of Rights for Elementary School Students

    Students will explore the text of the Bill of Rights, identify the meaning of the first ten Amendments, and make connections among the amendments to their own lives.

  • Citizenship in Local Government

    Students will know about the different structures of government and governmental roles within their locality. (School district, school board, town officials, town meeting, moderator for examples.)  Students will know Robert's Rules of Parliamentary Procedure, the meaning of: citizen, direct democracy, representative democracy, constitution, warrant article, annual report, election, moderator, chair, and other relevant vocabulary.

  • Civics Songs

    Use songs to teach American government, history, patriotism, and culture.

  • Constitution Day

    The students will understand the struggles and sacrifices their forefathers endured to develop the guidelines which later became the constitution which guides our nation today. They will develop ownership for paying forward the responsibility of citizenship not only on Constitution Day but every day.

  • Debate Simulation

    Students will simulate the debate process and will complete the Debate Script sheet and/ or they will participate in an actual in-class debate or will ask at least two questions to their classmates who are debating.

  • Journey to the White House

    Students will explain the different between the general election and the electoral college.  Students will describe the election process.

  • Our Town/City

    Students will learn about the history of the city from its founding and growth, by listening to a guest speaker and asking at least two proofread questions.

  • Preamble to the Constitution - Virtual

    Students will be familiar with the purpose of the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution. 

    Students will be able to explain some key phrases and define key vocabulary as evidenced by their responses on the exit ticket.

  • Qualifications for Becoming President - Virtual

    Students will be able to list the three main Constitutional qualifications for becoming president of the United States as evidenced by accurately completing the comic strip assignment.

  • Respectful Disagreeing

    Students will reflect on, “E is for Election Day,” and Kid President video and will discuss and brainstorm ways to debate, while creating at least one original piece of debate advice to share with the class. Students will create a list of beliefs and values and will practice forming a debate on a particular value or belief, by filling out the Debate Script handout.

  • Respectful Disagreeing - Virtual

    Students will learn strategies on how to respectfully disagree.  Using given templates, students will choose a given topic and create both pro and con arguments for that topic.

  • The First Ten Amendments - Virtual

    Students will be able to demonstrate understanding and communicate the meanings of the 10 Amendments of the Bill of Rights. They will be able to identify the rights that mean the most to them. They will be able to connect the relevance of the amendments in connection with their own lives.

  • The Right to Vote in America

    Introduce the topic of voting in this country by watching the video "A History of Voting Rights- New York Times".  Students will then summarize the key points from the video and about voting in general.

  • Win the White House

    In this lesson, students learn the complexities of the election process, with a focus on the electoral college and its effect on the campaign process. Students play "Win the White House" from iCivics after an introduction to the electoral college.

  • Your Vote is Your Voice

    The word democracy describes a government by the people, in which citizens exercise their power by voting. In our democracy, citizens have rights that include being able to express our opinions, receive a free education, and practice any religion we choose. U.S. citizens won and protected these rights through voting. Having the right to vote is part of living in a democracy. And exercising that right is a way for citizens to take responsibility for - and take part in - their government.

  • Bill of Rights for Fifth Graders

    Students will review the U.S. Bill of Rights and create a final product that accurately illustrates the meaning of an amendment, which they will then share with their classmates.

  • Constitutional History and Responsibility

    Students will be able to generate a list of positive attributes learned from our forefathers and their commitment to democracy and connect those to positive/effective citizenship.  Students will use historical examples to support their ideas.

  • Deconstructing the Preamble

    Students will be familiar with the purpose of the Preamble of the U.S. Constitution. Students will be able to explain some key phrases and define key vocabulary as evidenced by their responses on the exit ticket.

  • Qualifications to Run for President

    Students will be able to list the three main Constitutional qualifications for becoming president of the United States as evidenced by accurately completing the comic strip assignment.

  • Ten Amendments of the Bill of Rights

    Students will be able to demonstrate and communicate the meanings of the ten Amendments of the Bill of Rights by translating them and distributing them on handouts to the class. Following a review of the ten Amendments of the Bill of Rights, students will write a paragraph for each Amendment and explain how it affects their life, using a topic sentence, three supporting details and a concluding sentence.

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This workshop was fabulous. I really needed ways to incorporate social studies into what I already do (English/Language Arts;) I feel I accomplished this here. The presenters were awesome.
- Teacher
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