Elections offer a unique opportunity for students to learn about the political process and to witness the wheels of democracy in motion. Computer-savvy teachers and students can follow all the goings-on -- thanks to the Internet! Many online news sites will provide in-depth coverage. Among the potential classroom resources are the following online resources:
In addition, click on each of the lesson headlines below to access a complete teaching resource! (Notations in parentheses indicate approximate grade levels for each activity.)
Election Scavenger Hunt
Students hunt through newspapers and other news sources for election-related "treasures." (K-12)
Getting Out the Vote: An Election Day Classroom Experiment
An experiment drives home to students the importance of voting! (3-12)
Election Results Map
Students create color-keyed maps showing election night returns. (K-12)
Campaign Ad Critique
Students learn a lesson in media literacy! (6-12)
Take a Stand!
Students take a unique approach to a classroom discussion/debate of the election process! (3-12)
What Are the Important Issues?
Students determine the most important issue of the current campaign. (3-12)
Terms of Office
Students create a classroom dictionary of election terms. (3-12)
The Electoral College
When has the Electoral College been a deciding factor in an election? (3-12)
Presidents at Inauguration Graph: How Old Were They?
Students graph the presidents' ages at inauguration. Who was the youngest president? the oldest? (K-8)
If I Were President
Students think critically about issues in the current election campaign. (K-12)
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