Super Civics: Elementary Toolbox of Civics Lessons

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Join the elementary Super Civics Team to explore the new standards, discover resources and consider ways to integrate children’s literature to support ELA and social studies standards. We will also investigate the Super Civics Toolbox to find lessons on voting and the 2024 Election. Time will be built into the day for you to draft teaching and learning plans so that you are ready to launch the new school year with confidence in helping your students to become effective and engaged community members.


  • Target Audience: MN K-8 Teachers
  • Date: June 17, 2024
  • Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (check in and light breakfast from 8:45am)
  • Location: Minnesota Humanities Center
    •      987 Ivy Avenue E.
    •      St. Paul, MN 55106 


  • Complimentary lunch, breaks, parking, and teaching resources
  • Limited funds available for mileage reimbursemeent. 
  • Stipend: Each participant will receive $100. 


  • Although there is no charge, registration is required and reserved with a $30 payment that will be returned to you at the end of the Institute. After you register, you will receive information regarding this reimbursable fee. 
  • Space is limited. 
  • Cancellation by June 12

Super Civics Toolbox 2022



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Super Civics Toolbox Tutorial

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What is Super Civics?

Super Civics recognizes the opportunity presented to elementary teachers and their students to start building their toolboxes for civic learning. The reasons why and the how’s of each building block are essential to prepare a young person for full participation in the American experiment in democracy.

You maybe never saw yourself as a civics teacher, but you are. Every day. In many ways.

Our goal

Inspire and help prepare you to seek out civic education opportunities for your students, to unpack lessons and grab each chance to add a layer of civic learning.

You are key. 

Imagine five-year-olds cutting a cake into pieces to share. Why do they watch so closely? When they pick games and activities, why do they take turns? Why are they outraged when someone doesn’t wait their turn? Ever tried to change rules in the middle of the game?

Each one of these situations is a display of a principle of democracy: Fairness. Participation. Equality. Due Process.

Super Civics will connect you with tested lessons and strategies in the toolbox, deepen your own knowledge of our system of government and the rights and responsibilities of the people who are charged with running it, and provide professional development for you and others in the same boat.


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The 2022 midterm elections are around the corner! The Super Civics K – 6 Team from Learning Law and Democracy has prepared easy to follow lessons with coordinating slides and anchor texts that are designed to help children better understand the midterm elections and also strengthen both their social studies and literacy skills.

Go to the Super Civics Toolbox where you will find the 2022 Midterm Elections Challenges for each grade level (K – 6) beginning on page 2.


2022 Super Civics Midterm Election Challenge Letter to Teachers Fall 2022



We know that teaching 2020 elections might not be top on your list so our Super Civics teacher team has created quick grade-level lessons we call Election Challenges.

Election Challenges support the MN Academic Standards for Social Studies.

Election Challenges 

  • include both slide versions and video presentation versions for grades K – 6. Also fun Tic Tac Toe 2020 and Election Bingo.
  • may be used with remote, hybrid or face to face learning situations. 
  • include a challenge task sheet with a certificate of completion so students may track their progress. 
  • provide opportunities for literacy integration. For each grade level Election Challenge, a specific picture book title has been carefully chosen and vetted to use as an anchor text for learning.
  • include a guide to help determine how to best use these anchor texts with your students. 2020 Election Challenge Book Guide

The Election Challenges are available in the Super Civics Toolbox.   

The Super Civics Toolbox is a fast growing collection of additional resources and lessons for teaching citizenship and government in grades K-6. 



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Super Civics Challenge letter to teachers April 2020

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Grades 2-3 Challenges

Grade 4 Challenges

Grade 5 Challenges



Super Civics is made possible in part through grants from


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