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Election scavenger hunt

 

Subjects

Civics
Current Events
Government

Grades

K-2
3-5
6-8
9-12

Brief description

Students hunt through newspapers for a list of election-related news.

Objectives

Students hunt through newspapers and other news resources for a list of election-related news, photos, editorials, and more.

Keywords

election, news, current events, president, scavenger hunt, reading

Materials needed

newspapers, other news resources

Lesson plan

Challenge students to search newspapers and other news resources to collect the items on a scavenger hunt list. Adapt the list to fit the grade level of your students and the election campaign. That list might include the following:

  • a news article about Candidate #1's campaign;
  • a news article about Candidate #2's campaign;
  • a news article about an independent candidate's campaign;
  • a photograph of Candidate #1;
  • a photograph of Candidate #2;
  • a photograph of an independent candidate;
  • an editorial cartoon that relates to one of the candidates;
  • an editorial cartoon that relates to one of the campaign issues;
  • an election ad or a flyer for one of the candidates from a news source or campaign office; or
  • the date, time, and source of a television or radio ad for one of the candidates.

Assessment

Students find eight out of the ten things on the list. (The number of items to be collected might vary by grade level.)

Lesson plan source

Education World

Submitted by

Gary Hopkins

 

Last updated 2/28/2016

 

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