Brief Description of the Site:
The site map offers grade-specific (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12) clickable links in an alphabetic listing of the siteâ€™s many topics, ranging from â€œAmending the Constitutionâ€ (for grades 9-12) to â€œYankee Doodle — Symbols of U.S. Governmentâ€ (for grades 3-5). Teachers or students can browse and select, and each click brings up another nugget of information. With Flag Day on June 14, your students might want to discover the significance of the colors red, white, and blue. The site is loaded with similar fascinating facts. For example, when the President is about to appear, how many times does the U.S. Marine Band play â€œRuffles and Flourishesâ€ before launching into â€œHail to the Chief?â€ But the site offers more serious topics as well, such as information on citizenship, on the Electoral College, the Order of Succession, and much more. Thereâ€™s also an assortment of fun learning activities labeled â€œGames.â€
How to use the site:
This is an ideal place for students to start research on a civics project or any project dealing with our form of government. Answers to â€œWhat is required to amend the U.S. Constitution?â€; â€œWhat are the words of the Oath of Office?â€; â€œWho was the second (tenth, oldest, youngest, etc.) U.S. President?â€; and as many other questions as the clever teacher can devise can all be found at this nicely-done and easy-to-use site, a product of the GPO (Government Printing Office).