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Election lesson plan | Reading the election results

Following an election is one thing, but actually understanding the results takes an entirely different skill set. This lesson plan helps students gain those skills.


Subject: Arithmetic, Statistics
Grade: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Brief description
Students read and interpret a chart that shows the results of the 2000 presidential election.


Students use the final election results chart to respond to teacher-created questions.


chart, election, study skills

Materials needed

copies of teacher-created questions, pencils, computers with Internet access or printouts of the results from the Web resource listed in the Lesson Plan section below

Lesson plan

Use the the election results from a local paper or national news Web site to create a list of grade-appropriate questions about the presidential (or any other) election. (For example: Who got the most votes in the state of Massachusetts? In Arkansas, by how many votes did Candidate A defeat Candidate B by?). Ask students to use the chart to learn the answers to the questions.


Students must correctly answer at least seven of ten questions.

Lesson plan source

Education World

Submitted by

Gary Hopkins

Last updated 03/13/2016