FREE Resources to Learn About the U.S. Government

October 18, 2020

Sarah Shelton

Sarah Shelton

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It is an election year, and the election is only a couple of weeks away. This is a very pivotal time for our nation in the year 2020. It is more important now, more than ever, to teach our children about the U.S. government and how it works.

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With every election, comes changes. We need to equip our children with the knowledge to help them make informed decisions when they are older and able to vote. There are many college students and adults that don’t understand how the government works. They don’t have a working knowledge of how laws are made. Many people don’t notice how the constitution is constantly challenged and how things can quickly change.

It seems as if basic government and civics skills are not taught in the younger ages. They are normally only taught for one semester in high school. You don’t have to wait until the high school years to teach your children about government. You can do some basic unit studies about it, or you can incorporate it into your American History studies. 

Recommended Resource: U.S. Government Anchor Charts & Workbook

Understanding how the government is designed to work is a critical part of learning to be a good citizen and how to vote responsibly. This U.S. Government Anchor Charts & Workbook takes a closer look at the three branches of government as well as many of the departments and agencies that impact our daily lives.

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Check out these FREE resources to learn about the  U.S. Government:

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Great Social Studies has lots of different government worksheets.

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Resources About Our Founding Documents – learn about the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and more.

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FREE Resources for Studying the Branches of Government – this post is loaded with information and teaching resources for learning about the 3 branches of government.

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Here are some websites that can help your children dig deeper into learning about government and how it works: is an online guide to government services and government information. It lists all the different branches of government and the different departments and what they do and how they operate. 

Mr. Donn has lesson plans and teaching resources and hand outs for teachers to teach about Government and Civics. There are also games, slide show presentations, and resources for kids. It is broken down by government topic and is a great tool for unit studies.

The Bill of Rights Institute is a non profit organization that educates and empowers individuals with a passion for freedom. It is full of information, and digital teaching resources. There are free lesson plans, a digital storehouse, founding documents and resources and more.

Ben’s Guide to the U.S. Government is an interactive website that teaches government in an easy to understand way for children. It is broken down by age level with songs, games, printables, and more. 

Crash Course Government from PBS has short videos on government and politics.

FREE and Cheap American Government Books for Kindle

Resources about the United States Presidents: 

Recommended Resource: American History Through the Eyes of the Presidents

This study takes a brief look at American history focusing on the actions of the presidents through reading comprehension, narration, notebooking, timelines, research projects, and more.

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Check out these podcasts that talk about how to teach government in your homeschool, with links to games, activities, and more.

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You may also be interested in these items in our store:

U.S. Government Anchor Charts and Workbook – these worksheets will help your children learn about the 3 branches of government and many of the departments and agencies that impact our daily lives. 

U.S. Presidents Fact Cards and Bio Cards – learn about the U.S. Presidents with these fact cards and biography cards for each president.

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