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13 resources for learning about the government shutdown

I’m hoping that by the time you read this, Congress has moved past kicking sand at each other and turned the government back on. I’m not holding my breath but who knows, maybe some grownups will show up and actually do something productive.

Until that happens, you might find the following resources useful in your conversations:

Visual Resources to Teach About the US Government Shutdown
Videos, graphs, and other goodies

Absolutely Everything You Need to Know About how the Government Shutdown Will Work
From the Washington Post’s Wonkblog

A Government Shutdown in Video
Videos looking at the costs, closings and other ramifications of a government shutdown.

66 questions and answers about the government shutdown

Blacked Out Government Websites Available Through Wayback Machine
Use archived versions of government sites to gain access to sites that have been “shutdown.”

5 Interactives Explain the Budget Battle
Interactive graphics that illustrate information about the budget in ways that traditional narratives can’t and help students see the size and scope of proposed budget.

Americans Oppose House GOP’s Obamacare Strategy
Latest United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll

Who Goes to Work? Who Stays Home?
Some federal employees will continue reporting to their departments and agencies, while others will be furloughed.

What’s Open? What’s Not?
Facilities that will be open and the services that would remain available in the event of a government shutdown.

How Would A Government Shutdown Affect Your Life? (Infographic)

By the Numbers: The Shutdown
USA Today graphic highlighting a variety of services affected by the shutdown.

Breaking Down the Shutdown
Nice discussion ideas from National Geographic

New York Times Learning Network lesson ideas

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Rice, Donna #

    Good afternoon,

    I have been wanting to email me for over a year but never seem to find a moment to do so. I am finally taking those few minutes between two meetings.

    I teach in Lewisville ISD, a suburb of Dallas, Texas. I have been following your posts for about 1 1/2 years. You are amazing! You cover so much ground, save teachers so much time, and all your posts are so relevant and easy to follow (kid and non-tech friendly). In addition, you have caused many a chuckle over your posts, too.

    I have been having my students following the possible and now government shut-down via CNN news, communications through relatives, and various Facebook, Twitter accounts. Just now, when your post for the day, popped up, all I could do is smile a huge grin. Thank you!!!!

    Have a great rest of the week! Donna J. Rice Forestwood Middle School 6th Grade Contemporary World Instructional Strategist

    From: History Tech <> Reply-To: History Tech <> Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 4:09 PM To: Donna Rice <> Subject: [New post] 13 resources for learning about the government shutdown

    glennw posted: “I’m hoping that by the time you read this, Congress has moved past kicking sand at each other and turned the government back on. I’m not holding my breath but who knows, maybe some grownups will show up and actually do something productive. Until that “

    October 2, 2013
    • glennw #


      Thanks for the comment – I’m so glad to hear that you find History Tech useful! Good luck as you continue to work with teachers and kids this week as the shutdown continues – hopefully you’ll find some practical ideas in the list.


      October 2, 2013
  2. Jennifer #


    Thanks for the great resources! Your blog is always a “go-to” for our department. as it contains so many great ideas and sites to use.



    October 2, 2013
    • glennw #


      Thanks for the comment! Always glad when I can help! Have a great week.


      October 3, 2013
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    October 3, 2013
  4. Lisa #

    Thank you so very much for this post! I am a mentor working with non-tenured teachers. I was working with a teacher yesterday who learned first-hand how to modify on the fly. She had designed an activity for her students which required them to log into several sites for background information and primary resource materials. Unfortunately, the students could not log onto the Library of Congress site, nor the National Archives site.

    The entire lesson evolved into a discussion of how the shutdown was effecting Americans. Not surprisingly (we live near Washington, DC) many students had first-hand experience with parents, friends or neighbors who had been furloughed. Many had personal concerns: Will my mom still get Food Stamps? Will my grandmother still get her Social Security check?

    Thanks for the sites that help teachers address the topic with their students! Wish I had thought to check your blog sooner. Sure could have used the link to the archived captures of several of the shutdown sites. 🙂

    October 3, 2013
    • glennw #


      Thanks for the comment! I used to live for current events that interrupted my class. Sounds like the teacher handled it pretty well.

      And, yes, is pretty sweet!


      October 3, 2013

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