iCivics – “People’s Pie” game

Lesson Duration

People’s Pie is designed for students to learn how the federal budget works. Although the game involves complex concepts, it provides simple, student-friendly descriptions for the basic concepts required to succeed in the game.

The game is a balancing act: Students must fund important programs without setting tax rates too high or borrowing too much money. To succeed, they must keep their citizens happy and avoid a burdensome national debt. Can your students master the People’s Pie? (approx. 15 mins)

Learning Objectives:

  •   Analyze how federal tax and spending policies affect the national budget and the national debt
  •   Explain how federal, state, and local taxes support the economy as a function of the government
  •   Describe various types of projects and services provided through local, state, national taxes

Play: https://www.icivics.org/games/peoples-pie

Game guide with conversation starters (anticipatory and debrief): https://www.icivics.org/node/33765/resource



iCivics is a nationally-renowned site founded by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor that provides innovative and interactive curricula and activities for civics/government classrooms.