iCivics – “Counties Work” game

Lesson Duration

In Counties Work, students learn about local government by playing a county official responding to citizen requests.

They explore questions like:

  • Are citizens making sensible requests?
  • Which county department can best address a citizen’s concern?
  • Should taxes be raised or lowered to maintain a balanced buddget?
  • How will citizens react—and what’s the best action when crisis strikes?

This game was made with support from the National Association of Counties.

Objectives -

  • Simulate the role of county government, including organization, responsibilities, and services
  • Identify appropriate resources and departments of county government to solve problems
  • Consider how a budget and major sources of local revenue affect both services and citizens



iCivics is program that teaches core civics content through free lesson plans, online games, and interactive modules. Endorsed by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor