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Virtual Classroom

Our Virtual Classroom materials support online learning. Tour Office staff can participate in remote sessions to assist in providing instruction. Please contact us at njstatehousetours@njleg.org or 609-847-3150 to schedule a virtual classroom visit. Also, check out our additional Teacher Resources.

Virtual Snapshots

Each Virtual Snapshot highlights content from a standard State House tour. They can be used individually or collectively to provide an overview of the State House and the legislative process. Click below the picture to open a PDF or PowerPoint file. Contact us if you would like to schedule a virtual question and answer session with a State House Tour Program facilitator.

HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW

Virtual Classroom Snapshot - Inside of the General Assembly Chamber, blue leather chairs and wooden desks

SENATE CHAMBER

Virtual Classroom Snapshot - Inside of the Senate Chamber at the New Jersey State House

ASSEMBLY CHAMBER

New Jersey General Assembly Chamber with new digital voting boards

EXECUTIVE STATE HOUSE

Virtual Classroom Snapshot - Front of the New Jersey State House

CAPITAL CITY ORIGINS

Virtual Classroom Snapshot - Origins of the Capital City, vintage sketch of the New Jersey State House

NJ STATE SEAL

Close up of the New Jersey State Flag

Make-A-Law!

The Make-A-Law! program places students in the role of legislators debating a bill. Teachers can facilitate the program, or request a virtual visit with Tour Office staff. This program serves audiences in grades 3-12, and can contribute to New Jersey Cumulative Progress Indicators. Our virtual classroom is operated in partnership with Thomas Edison State University.

OBJECTIVES

At the completion of this program, students will:

  • Understand that debate, negotiation, and compromise are central to the legislative process;
  • Know the process by which a bill becomes a law in the State of New Jersey;
  • Have a deeper understanding of the concept of representative democracy.

Publications

Publications reinforce tour education themes. In addition to readily accessible pdf documents, bulk hard copies can be mailed for distribution during on-site teaching days. Use the order form below.
Cover of How a Bill Becomes a Law in New Jersey Brochure

A Student’s Guide to the Legislative Process

Students in grades 4-8 will enjoy this lively and simplified discussion of New Jersey’s legislative process. The organization of NJ’s government, qualifications for legislative service, legislative districts and citizen involvement also are addressed.
PDF

Covers of the New Jersey State House Activity Book, English and Spanish Versions

State House Activity Book

Elementary school students learn about the State House, State symbols and lawmaking through puzzles, games and activities.
(recommended for grades 4-7)
PDF (English) PDF (Spanish)

Covers of the Legislative Process in New Jersey brochures, English and Spanish versions

The Legislative Process in New Jersey

A thorough description of how new laws are enacted and an easy reference flow chart. (recommended for grades 9-12)
PDF (English) PDF (Spanish)

cover of pastimes and trivia booklet

Pastimes and Trivia

Older students and adults can test their knowledge of NJ’s legislative process and the people, places and events that have shaped our state’s heritage.
(recommended for grades 10 and up)
PDF

We the People Poster

Put the “We” in “We the People Poster”

Full-color, 18″ x 24″ motivational wall poster provides five ways to participate in the lawmaking process.
PDF

Virtual Meeting Backgrounds

The following backgrounds can be used in virtual meetings and classrooms. Download the full resolution image by clicking on the photo and set the image as your virtual background by uploading it to your preferred video conferencing app.
BKG-assembly
BKG-Senate
BKG-outside
BKG-annex-hallway
BKG-CR6
BKG-CR11
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