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Roll the dice, spin the wheel, draw a card! Teens are in it to win it! So, what better way to engage students in the content of Civics than to make it a game? This project is designed to make the abstract content of Civics more exciting and relatable through a boardgame creation competition. Because many middle school students lack background knowledge about the content covered in Civics, they often have difficulty making the personal connections that allow their learning to really “stick.” As a result, students often struggle with this crucial course that they must pass to complete middle school. Allowing students to turn their learning into games throughout the year not only gives them important processing opportunities but also allows them to make the abstract concepts of Civics more concrete and memorable. As students create, compete, and play their games, they will be able to make connections and build more lasting background knowledge. Game on!

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Game On!: Increasing Engagement in Civics through Student-Created Review Boardgames

School:
Southwestern Middle School 
Subject:
Social Studies 
Teacher:
Heidi Pena 
 
Patricia Arambulo 
Students Impacted:
250 
Grade:
Date:
September 6, 2019

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FUTURES - $335.14

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Goal

Roll the dice, spin the wheel, draw a card! Teens are in it to win it! So, what better way to engage students in the content of Civics than to make it a game? This project is designed to make the abstract content of Civics more exciting and relatable through a boardgame creation competition. Because many middle school students lack background knowledge about the content covered in Civics, they often have difficulty making the personal connections that allow their learning to really “stick.” As a result, students often struggle with this crucial course that they must pass to complete middle school. Allowing students to turn their learning into games throughout the year not only gives them important processing opportunities but also allows them to make the abstract concepts of Civics more concrete and memorable. As students create, compete, and play their games, they will be able to make connections and build more lasting background knowledge. Game on! 

 

What will be done with my students

Throughout the school year, the Civics curriculum is built around nine Organizing Principles (OP). For each organizing principle, individual students or small groups will create a concept for a board game that reviews the key content benchmarks and then create a rough draft of their gameboard.

After creating the boardgame concepts, we will bring an important Civics principle into the classroom by creating a ballot and allowing students to vote for their top picks. Once the winner is chosen, that is when the students can begin to bring the games to life! Winning students will create their actual game using real game boards and pieces. Playing the games will then be frequently incorporated into classroom instruction. These games can be played multiple times throughout the year, used for student remediation and enrichment, and utilized as part of focused review for the end-of-course exam.

Curriculum and standards covered:

OP 1 Citizens of the United States of America have certain rights, duties, and responsibilities.
SS.7.C.2.1 Define the term "citizen," and identify legal means of becoming a United States citizen.
SS.7.C.2.2 Evaluate the obligations citizens have to obey laws, pay taxes, defend the nation, and serve on
juries.
SS.7.G.2.1 Locate major cultural landmarks that are emblematic of the United States.

OP2 America’s political heritage is derived from previous philosophies and systems and the creativeness of the Founding Fathers.
SS.7.C.3.1 Compare different forms of government (direct democracy, representative democracy, socialism,
communism, monarchy, oligarchy, autocracy).
SS.7.C.1.1 Recognize how Enlightenment ideas including Montesquieu's view of separation of power and John
Locke's theories related to natural law and how Locke's social contract influenced the Founding
Fathers.
SS.7.C.1.2 Trace the impact that the Magna Carta, English Bill of Rights, Mayflower Compact, and Thomas
Paine's "Common Sense" had on colonists' views of government, and on the purposes of
government.
SS.7.C.1.3 Describe how English policies and responses to colonial concerns led to the writing of the
Declaration of Independence.
SS.7.C.1.4 Analyze the ideas (natural rights, role of the government) and complaints set forth in the
Declaration of Independence.

OP 3 The Constitution was created as a framework for our government and was based on principles expressed in the Declaration of Independence.
SS.7.C.1.5 Identify how the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation led to the writing of the Constitution.
SS.7.C.1.6 Interpret the intentions of the Preamble of the Constitution.
SS.7.C.1.8 Explain the viewpoints of the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists regarding the ratification of the
Constitution and inclusion of a bill of rights.
SS.7.C.3.2 Compare parliamentary, federal, confederal, and unitary systems of governments.

OP 4 The Bill of Rights and later amendments were created to protect the authority of states and the rights and liberties of American citizens.
SS.7.C.3.5 Explain the Constitutional amendment process.
SS.7.C.2.4 Evaluate rights contained in the Bill of Rights and other amendments to the Constitution.
SS.7.C.2.5 Distinguish how the Constitution safeguards and limits individual rights.
SS.7.C.3.6 Evaluate Constitutional rights and their impact on individuals and society.
SS.7.C.3.7 Analyze the impact of the 13th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th, and 26th amendments on participation of
minority groups in the American political process.

OP 5 The Founding Fathers created the three branches of government to help prevent governmental abuse
of power.
SS.7.C.1.7 Describe how the Constitution limits the powers of government through separation of powers and
checks and balances.
SS.7.C.3.3 Illustrate the structure and function (three branches of government established in Articles I, II, and
III with corresponding powers) of government in the United States as established in the
Constitution.
SS.7.C.3.8 Analyze the structure, functions, and processes of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.
SS.7.C.3.9 Illustrate the law-making process at the local, state, and federal levels.
SS.7.C.3.13 Compare the constitutions of the United States and Florida.
SS.7.C.3.14 Differentiate between local, state, and federal governments' obligations and services.
SS.7.E.2.1 Explain how federal, state, and local taxes support the economy as a function of the United States
government.
SS.7.C.2.3 Experience the responsibilities of citizens at the local, state, or federal levels.



OP 6 The Federal System was created to define the role of the national, state, and local governments.
SS.7.C.2.12 Develop a plan to resolve a state or local problem by researching public policy alternatives,
identifying appropriate government agencies to address the issue, and determining a course of
action.
SS.7.C.3.4 Identify the relationship and division of powers between the federal government and state
governments.

OP 7 American Legal system exists to protect citizens’ rights and freedoms.
SS.7.C.3.10 Identify sources and types (civil, criminal, constitutional, military) of law.
SS.7.C.3.11 Diagram the levels, functions, and powers of courts at the state and federal levels.
SS.7.C.3.12 Analyze the significance and outcomes of landmark Supreme Court cases
SS.7.C.1.9 Define the rule of law and recognize its influence on the development of the American legal,
political, and governmental systems.

OP 8 The way our political parties function greatly influences the political process.
SS.7.C.2.8 Identify America's current political parties, and illustrate their ideas about government.
SS.7.C.2.9 Evaluate candidates for political office by analyzing their qualifications, experience, issue-based
platforms, debates, and political ads.
SS.7.C.2.10 Examine the impact of media, individuals, and interest groups on monitoring and influencing
government.
SS.7.C.2.11 Analyze media and political communications (bias, symbolism, propaganda).
SS.7.C.2.13 Examine multiple perspectives on public and current issues.


OP 9 United States foreign policy directly impacts our nation and events throughout the world.
SS.7.C.4.1 Differentiate concepts related to United States domestic and foreign policy.
SS.7.C.4.2 Recognize government and citizen participation in international organizations.
SS.7.C.4.3 Describe examples of how the United States has dealt with international conflicts.
 

 

Benefits to my students

The “Game On Civics!” review boardgame activities are designed to increase student engagement in the Civics content, allow students opportunities to better process their learning, and help make the often abstract concepts of the Civics course more concrete and memorable for students. As a Title 1 school, many of our students live in poverty and lack access to personal experiences that build Civics background knowledge. The design of this project allows us to involve every student enrolled in the course and provide them an opportunity to participate. Our hope is that students will be engaged by the process of making and playing the games, and as a result, that this project will increase student pass rates on the Civics end-of-course exam.  

 

Budget Narrative

The funds for this grant will be used to purchase the raw materials that will be needed to complete the boardgames for each of the Organizing Principles in the Civics course. The supplies will be used throughout the school year by the 250 students currently enrolled in seventh grade civics. We will provide a variety of game components to allow students the flexibility to be creative with their game formats and make designing and playing the games more engaging for students. Many of the materials purchased through this grant can be reused to continue this project in future school years.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 12 - Blank board game stand-up player pieces $11.99
2 200 - Blank 1" Square Board Game Chits Tiles $24.95
3 Jigsaw2order 12 piece Blank Puzzle Craft Activity, Pack of 10 Puzzles, size 5.5" x 8" with Individual Envelope $12.99
4 Pacon Super Value Poster Board, 22"X28", White, 50 Sheets $24.05
5 (2)Apostrophe Games Blank Game Board $33.98
6 Dsmile Sand Timer,Plastic Hourglass Timer,Colorful Sandglass Hourglass Sand Clock Timer 30sec / 1min / 2mins / 3mins / 5mins / 10mins (12pcs) $8.99
7 2.75" Board Game Arrow Spinners with 4" Blank White Spinner Boards - 8 Sets - Board Game - DIY $17.95
8 (2) Apostrophe Games 20 Large Blank Hexagon Board Game Chit Tiles $15.98
9 Value Pack of 50 - Blank 1" Circle Board Game Chits Round Tiles Counters Markers DIY D&D $9.99
10 Shappy 32 Pieces Multicolor Plastic Pawns Pieces Board Games, 1 Inch Pawns Tabletop Markers Component $6.59
11 Shappy 32 Pieces Multicolor Plastic Pawns Pieces Board Games, 1 Inch Pawns Tabletop Markers Component $8.99
12 (2) Eureka Tub Of Letter Tiles Back to School Classroom Supplies Educational Toy, 1'' x 1'' tiles, 176 pc $23.98
13 (2) Koplow Games Alphabet Dice Language Arts $16.40
14 Astrobrights Colored Cardstock, 8.5” x 11”, 65 lb/176 gsm, “Bright” 5-Color Assortment, 250 Sheets (99904) $19.89
15 Bulk Purchase--set of 48 Dab-o-ink 3 Oz Bingo Daubers $49.45
16 (2) Apostrophe Games Blank Playing Cards (Matte Finish & Poker Size) $25.98
17 Star Right Blank Flash Cards with Rings in Assorted Colors; 1000 Index Cards - Single Hole Punched with 5 Rings, 2x3 inch for School, Learning, Memory, Recipe Cards and More $22.99
  Total: $335.14

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