For our K-3 school, the study of political science is focused on our state and local government. There is not a lot of printed materials accessible for us as young learners, so we can look other places to find resources to help us understand how our state and local government work.
BrainPop Jr. - (There are a few free videos on this site, but it is a subscription site that many of our teachers have--check with your classroom teacher to see if you have access) The Social Studies portion of this site includes several videos, games and activities related to local/state governments.
You will need an adult to help you with this webpage, but it tells us all about our local government, how it works and what the plans are for our future as a Scappoose Community. City of Scappoose Website
Interest Level: K-3/Reading Level: 2.0
# of Pages: Unpaged/Price: $17.00
Review: School Library Journal (August 1, 2018)
"PreS-Gr 3-The creators of Her Right Foot offer a kid-accessible picture book primer on civics. Taking a broadly stroked allegorical approach, the duo employs rhyming verses and dynamic artwork to describe how a group of children come together to build their own community. A youngster wearing a head scarf and another sporting a blue baseball cap and flouncy gold skirt leave behind a distant cityscape and travel to a small island with a single tree (or is it really a backyard?). Much of the story line is presented through the detailed cut-paper illustrations. For example, when one child posts a "No trumpets" sign, three newcomers successfully plead their trumpet-supporting viewpoint ("A citizen can join a cause. A citizen can write a letter. A citizen can help change laws"). Everyone is welcome and the kids work together to build something wonderful (a fantastical tree house complete with domes, spires, and roller-coaster). Ultimately, a new-in-town boy who has been watching (and sketching) the action all along is invited to make his contribution (eye-dazzling strings of lights). Throughout, the visuals sparkle with wit and whimsy, celebrating imagination while also creating a foundation for the empowering text: "So forget yourself a second. Grab a shovel or a pen. Do something for another. Don't you dare doubt that you can!" -VERDICT Blending an appreciation for a child's perspective with a powerful message, this must-have book distills the fundamentals of citizenship into easy-to-digest concepts and emphasizes the importance of caring for others, accepting differences, and taking action to initiate positive change".-Joy Fleishhacker, Pikes Peak -Library District, Colorado Springs