Civics Lesson Plans: Elementary


Looking for engaging activities and lesson plans for teaching elementary civics? These Civics Lesson Plans for elementary students come with detailed lesson plans, hands-on activities, worksheets, sorts, digital activities, passages and questions, assessments, and much more! Whether teaching in-person or virtually, you will save time planning and your students will love learning about civics and government as they complete a variety of activities.


Civics Lesson Plans: Elementary

Civics Lesson Plans for elementary students is a hands-on unit that combines social studies and language arts skills! Everything you need to teach about the responsibilities of a good citizen, rules and laws, and the purpose of government can be found here! Whether teaching in-person or remotely, this unit provides a variety of activities to teach about civics and government.

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What will I find in this unit?

This Civics Unit includes 6 detailed lesson plans. All lessons are hands-on and incorporate literacy skills. Students will investigate—

  • responsibilities of a good citizen
  • examples of rules and laws
  • purpose of rules and laws
  • purpose of government
  • what government does at the local, state, and national levels
  • rights all Americans have
  • ways Americans can serve their community and country

This Civics Unit also comes with:

  • 7 Worksheets
  • 7 Sorts and Foldables
  • 6 Entry/Exit Tickets
  • 4 Close Reading Passages and Comprehension Questions
  • Matching game
  • Word Wall Cards
  • Quiz
  • Final Test
  • Timeline of Suggested Activities: The timeline of suggested activities includes a timeline for using the activities included within this unit and provides links to websites featuring videos about concepts being taught.
  • Answer keys included throughout

Students will love learning about civics and government as they complete hands-on activities, create foldables, and complete sorts!

Are digital resources included?

All of the passages and comprehension questions, most worksheets, the quiz, and the final test within this Civics Unit are also included in a digital format and can be shared with students using your Google Drive.

When you purchase this product, you will be given access to a link that will allow you to open the file in Google Slides. You’ll then share that file with your students. The slides can be printed and adapted for students who prefer to answer the questions by hand. You can also view and print a student’s completed version of the slides.

What standards are covered?

This unit is aligned with the third-grade social studies SOLs 3.11, 3.12, and 3.13.

While the unit is specifically aligned to the Virginia SOLs, it also closely matches most civics and government standards for elementary students.

Don’t miss out!

Bring civics and government to life in your classroom with these fun lesson plans and activities! Students will master the standards through hands-on and digital activities. This unit requires minimal prep work for the teacher.

Want to save money?

This unit is included in the 3rd Grade Social Studies Curriculum bundle for a discounted price!


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