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Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
Explore topics about Government and lawmaking. Material for grades ranging K-12, with a section for parents and teachers. Additional Government websites for kids are listed by subject.

The Learning Page
Designed to help teachers, students, and others use the American Memory digital collections from the Library of Congress. Provides guidance for finding and using items within these primary source collections. Includes lesson plans for teachers.

A Century of Lawmaking For a New Nation, U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873
Explore the first 100 years of the U.S. Congress.

Legislative Branch Internet Resources
Collection of links pertaining to the U.S. Congress.

THOMAS
Legislative information, including committee information, bills, public laws, and the Congressional Record.

Bills in the News
A list of current bills and public laws from several previous Congresses that have received recent newspaper, television, or radio coverage.

Congressional Research Service Reports
CRS Reports about the House and its Proceedings made available by the House Committee on Rules.

House List of Educational Resources
A list of documents related to the legislative process and of interest to the public, including "How Our Laws Are Made."

Learning about the United States Senate
The institutional history of the Senate, its powers and procedures, and the evolution of important leadership and staff positions.

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The White House for Kids
Explore the White House, the place where the President lives and works.

FirstGov
The information portal for the United States Federal Government.

Department of Agriculture for Kids
Smokey the Bear, Woodsy Owl, and RUS the Surfin' Squirrel share their knowledge about various agriculture and environmental issues.

Department of Energy Kids Zone
Learn about energy with Electra, Geo, and Windy. In addition to science lessons, there are fun facts, games, and lesson plans.

Department of Health and Human Services: FDA Kids
Get information about food safety, vaccines, and other food/drug-related topics.

Department of Housing and Urban Development: Kids Next Door
Get information about your community, helping the homeless, volunteering, and parks or libraries.

Department of Justice Kids and Youth
Get information about aspects of justice that relate to kids and youth like Internet crimes, drug prevention, and laws protecting children's rights.

Department of Labor Educational Resources
Provides links to information about labor of interest to kids and youth.

Department of State: Digital Diplomacy for Students
Learn about the State Department, the Secretary of State, and social studies.

Department of Veterans Affairs Kids Page
Find out about the Veterans Benefits Administration.

Environmental Protection Agency: Explorers Club
Get information about the environment and recycling.

Federal Emergency Management Agency for Kids
Learn about what causes disasters, play games, or read stories.

Social Security Youthlink
Learn about services provided by the Social Security Administration.


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bulletGeneral Government Education

The Digital Classroom
Materials from the National Archives and methods for teaching students at all levels with primary sources.

Exhibit Hall
Exhibits such as The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

HealthFinder
A gateway to consumer health and human services information resources provided by U.S. Government agencies and other organizations.

Information USA
An authoritative resource for foreign audiences seeking information about official U.S. policies, society, culture, and political processes.

The Close Up Foundation
The nation' s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan citizenship education organization. Since it was founded in 1970, Close Up has worked to promote responsible and informed participation in the democratic process through a variety of educational programs. Includes "Teaching Presidential Elections 2000: A Guide for Educators."

The Dirksen Congressional Center
A nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization in Pekin, Illinois, that seeks to improve civic engagement by promoting a better understanding of Congress and its leaders through archival, research, and educational programs.

The Stennis Center for Public Service
A federal, legislative agency created by Congress in 1988 to promote and strengthen public service leadership in America.

Uncle Sam - Historically Speaking
A list of noteworthy speeches from 1797 to the present.

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bulletMuseums

Kids' Castle (Smithsonian Institution)
Selected highlights introduce kids to the National Museum of American History, the National Museum of Natural History, and the National Air and Space Museum.

Museums & Learning: A Guide for Family Visits
Make museum visits enjoyable learning experiences for 4- to 12-year olds. Suggests activities for children and families for before, during, and after the visit.

Museums in the USA
Lists museums by name, state, and type.

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bulletState Government Websites for Kids


Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming


 
Parents & Teachers
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Did You Know?
A Little Known Fact
The Clerk is in charge of the display of fine arts in the House and House wing of the Capitol! Learn more in Time Warp: Art.

Check This Out!
Take a Trip!
Find your state statue! Go on a Field Trip to Statuary Hall.

Glossary Terms
Key Words
Use the glossary to learn key terms.

Bill
Calendar
Constitution
Democratic
Joint Resolution
Report
Resolution
Roll Call



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