Super Civics

2022 Elementary Summer Institute: Growing Super Citizens


Minnesota Humanities Center, St. Paul

Free   Must Register

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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.

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.Super Civics Toolbox

Our goal

Inspire and 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.


For video instructions on how to read and navigate this document, please visit 

Super Civics Toolbox Tutorial


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Believe it or not: Essential Skills for Democracy  (coming soon)



We know that teaching 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
  • Super Civics Election Challenges Letter to Teachers Fall 2020

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


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Distance Learning Version

No Vehicles in the Park Letter to Teachers



2019 Super Civics Summer Institute for MN K-8 teachers


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Is civics education an afterthought on your list of “to-dos” in your already full school day? Do you wonder how to foster respectful discourse with students in today’s world? Are you seeking new tools for integrating civic education into your existing lesson plans? If so, join us for this exciting 3-day institute where you will explore engaging lessons and resources that will bring civics to life in your classroom. The target audience is K-8 teachers.


Super Civics is made possible in part through grants from



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