The Rendell Center has developed classroom lessons and activities that tie in with March Books One through Three. These downloadable lessons are designed to educate about civil rights and lead to engaged discussion through their focused activities.

March Civil Rights Trilogy

The March trilogy is a set of informative, eye-catching graphic novels about the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, told through the perspective of civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis. The trilogy is written by Congressman Lewis and Andrew Aydin and is illustrated and lettered by Nate Powell.

We hope you will find these lessons beneficial not only during Black History Month but also all year long.

 

March: Book One Cover

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March: Book Two Cover

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March: Book Three Cover

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First Amendment Exercises

Four books about First Amendment Rights

We have developed classroom lessons and read-alouds on the First Amendment entitled Exercising Our First Amendment Rights with the following titles and themes.

These books are appropriate for all primary, elementary, and middle school students as read-alouds. The lessons encourage discussions that build basic civic knowledge, promote civic engagement, and provide practice in democratic deliberation.

Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin – theme: Going On Strike
Freedom on the Menu by Carole Weatherford – theme: Organizing a Peaceful Sit-In
The Pink Hat by Andrew Joyner – theme: Using Symbolic Speech
Carl the Complainer by Michelle Knudsen – theme: Writing a Petition

Monthly Civics Themes

(click the month to see the activities)

September

Start of school year and beginning of our Constitution

October

Celebration of Hispanic-Americans and Diversity

November

A month of action! We VOTE and thank our Military!

December

Celebrate our Bill of Rights.

January

We honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

February

Celebrate African-American History Month.

March

Discuss Women’s Suffrage and gender equality

April

We pay our taxes and focus on The Earth

May

We honor the men & women who have died protecting America

June

Summer Break starts and we focus on the history of our flag

July

We celebrate our Independence

August

Read about and Discuss our voting rights

We the Civics Kids Lessons

We The Civics Kids Logo

Welcome to the We the Civics Kids teachers’ materials. In celebration of our belief that reading is our First Freedom, we have developed these literacy and civic literacy tools for Kindergarten to 3rd Grade to support educators like you and your civics teaching practices.

These materials are designed to build basic civic knowledge and promote engagement, as well as give your students practice in democratic deliberation.

For each grade level, you will find carefully selected literature titles, which can be used as “read alouds” or can be read individually by your students. Each literary selection has a corresponding lesson plan tied to one of the following civics themes:

Building Community, Rules Rule, Choices and Voices, Who We Are as American Citizens, Leadership, Rights and Responsibilities, Conflict and Compromise, Kids Roll into Action

Finally, our annual Citizenship Challenge is geared toward 4th and 5th grades in the Philadelphia area and exemplifies how many of our literacy-based lessons can be used to further engage our young people in civics.

Download Kindergarten Lessons

Themes covered:

  • Building Community
  • Rules Rule
  • Choices and Voice
  • Who we are as American Citizens
  • People Matter
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Conflict and Compromise
  • Kids Roll into Action

Download First Grade Lessons

Themes covered:

  • Building Community
  • Choices and Voices
  • Who we are as American Citizens
  • People Matter
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Conflict and Compromise
  • Kids Roll into Action

Download Second Grade Lessons

Themes covered:

  • Building Community
  • Rules Rule
  • Choices and Voices
  • Who We are as American Citizens
  • Leadership
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Conflict and Compromise
  • Kids Roll into Action

Download Third Grade Lessons

Themes covered:

  • Building Community
  • Rules Rule
  • Choices and Voices
  • Conflict and Compromise
  • Kids Roll into Action
  • People Matter: Leadership of a City Council, of a Mayor, of a Governor
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Who We Are as Americans 

The Civic Treasure Game

Ready to learn about our Constitution and the American system of government in a fun way?

Play the self-guided Civic Treasure Game!

Help Sarah and Peter capture all of the Gems as they make their way to discover the Secret Civic Treasure with Ben Franklin.