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Students take a closer look at presidential elections. In this election process instructional activity, 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.
Third graders discuss why communities need laws.  In this laws and the election process lesson, 3rd graders become familiar with the process for holding an election through vocabulary and reading.  Students hold a mock election.
Students 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.
Students 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.
Students explore the impact of political cartoons on American elections. In this presidential elections lesson, students discuss the election process and then analyze political cartoons that were published during presidential elections. As a culminating activity, students create their own political cartoons.
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.
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 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.
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 instructional activity, students learn about the election process in the United States in which the president is selected. They then answer the 16 questions on the instructional activity. The answers are on the last page.
Learners study the election process. In groups, they conduct research and create chapters for an election guide that might be distributed in their community. They discuss current issues and determine which elected official would be most likely to deal with these issues.
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.
Students explore the election process. In this government and literacy activity, students listen to the book Ruby May Has Something to Say by David Small and discuss the importance of clear communication of your personal feelings. Students review our election process orally and then write a paragraph about how the voting process works. Students write a job description for a new president.
Students analyze the election process. In this presidential campaign lesson, students view campaign posters of yesterday and today.  Students research party names and a variety of campaign materials. Students create a Venn Diagram as formal assessment.
Students simulate the election process with one group acting as politicians and others acting as the constituency with concerns specific to their assigned area of the country. They give speeches, take polls, and elect a leader based on their views.
Eighth graders explore the impact of exercising voting rights. In this election lesson, 8th graders research the importance of voting and use technology tools to share their findings about national, state, and local election campaigns.
In this reading comprehension worksheet , students read a factual essay about the American election process. Students then answer 7 questions about this information.
Students 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 discover the Electoral College voting system, and discover the different possibilities a candidate could use to win. In this government lesson plan, students experiment with possible combinations of states a potential President must win to become President of the United States of America.
Learners research the election process.  In this government and technology lesson plan, students research current local or national political candidates to determine demographic information and their positions on major issues. Learners create a classroom database and an individual PowerPoint,  HyperStudio, or poster presentation based on the collected information.

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