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Students take a closer look at presidential elections. In this election process lesson, students discuss the roles of the primary, caucus, polls, Electoral College, delegates, and lobbyists in the process. Students then access the listed Web links to research the election process and share their findings with their classmates.
High schoolers measure technological advancements as they consider how they impacted the election process in the United States. In this presidential politics lesson, students research technological changes since the 1900's and create PowerPoint presentations that analyze how the advancements have played a role in how Americans elect their president.
Learners explore the impact of political cartoons on American elections. In this presidential elections activity, students discuss the election process and then analyze political cartoons that were published during presidential elections. As a culminating activity, learners create their own political cartoons.
Students examine the presidential election process and discover that presidential elections are decided by the electoral college and not popular votes. They see that each state has a number of electors, and understand how this number is determined. Students access a website imbedded in this plan which helps them examine election trends over the years.
Third graders discuss why communities need laws.  In this laws and the election process activity, 3rd graders become familiar with the process for holding an election through vocabulary and reading.  Students hold a mock election.
High schoolers campaign for president. In this presidential election lesson plan, students discuss the process of electing presidents, write their own campaign songs, research a campaign train schedule, and create campaign maps.
Learners identify historical figures who helped lead others in the voting rights movement, and research historical struggles for voting rights. They develop plans to involve young voters in the election process.
Fourth graders participate in a unit plan that involves the elements of the entire election process. They become aware of the processes involved in the selection of a book for the Caldecott medal while participating in a mock election in groups.
Fourth graders learn the steps that must be followed in order to have an election. This is a great way to get students motivated to be involved in the election process.
Students investigate how ballots are cast and counted in the American election process. They research how the process has changed over the years. They study the Electoral College and how it effects the presidency.
Students examine the voting process, the reasons citizens should vote, and participate in a community drive to sign up new voters. After looking at websites, students create a poster that outlines the reasons to vote, participate in a debate on voting, create brochures and PowerPoint presentations, and set up a voter information and registration table at a local store.
Learners explore the presidential elections. In this research the issues that faced the 1860, 1912, 1932, 1980, and 2004 presidential elections as they read articles regarding each of the elections. Students participate in 6 classroom activities that require them identify the issues as well as the governance implications of candidates.
Students research the election process.  In this government and technology instructional activity, students research current local or national political candidates to determine demographic information and their positions on major issues. Students create a classroom database and an individual PowerPoint,  HyperStudio, or poster presentation based on the collected information.
Students research the 2008 presidential candidates. For this presidential election lesson, students identify the requirements to become the President and create candidate profiles.
Feeling ambitious about getting your scholars examining the election process? While this presidential election simulation will take preparation, the ensuing enthusiasm will be worth it! Using one or more large classes, 12th graders are divided into states, forming political parties, using "campaign money," to support candidates, and participating in a popular and electoral vote. Frame or adjust as needed. Consider including a project guide handout and a written component.
Students develop a simulation of the congressional election process. They analyze how congressional elections are conducted and what determines who wins and loses. They develop and utilize different strategic options for the campaigns.
In this election process worksheet, students learn about the election process in the United States in which the president is selected. They then answer the 16 questions on the worksheet. The answers are on the last page.
Students examine how Electoral College works, compare and contrast candidates or issues, and discuss importance of becoming registered, active voting individuals.
Students discuss the role of political parties in the election process. In this election process lesson, students work in groups to examine the major functions of political parties and the role political parties play in the election process.
Where does the money for political campaigns come from? Guide your class with 10 multiple choice questions on money and the election process. There are 5 true/false and 5 multiple choice questions for them to answer. Use as a quiz or for homework.

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