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Use ice cream to represent Presidential candidates in this mock election.
Election lessons inspire and engage students in democratic dialogue.
Using the presidential election of 1960 as background information, learners consider the push of electoral reform. They read about the events and issues surrounding President Kennedy's win in 1960 and compare them to the same issues which occurred in the 2000 presidential election. A great way to connect past history with the events of today.
Third graders answer questions about candidates in an election while they use a database. In this election and database lesson, 3rd graders research information about candidates for upcoming elections. They enter their information into a teacher-made database before using different types of sorts to access the information.
Young scholars investigate the process of voting and the safeguards that are put in place to prevent tampering with election results. They reflect upon the importance of the votes not being altered. Then students research the process of how government operates to prevent it.
Students examine the procedures to elect the President of the United States. In groups, they create their own political cartoon presenting a consensus of their point of views on the process. They identify the strengths and weaknesses of the Electoral College and discuss problems with the 2000 election.
Students examine information and discover resources available to voters, discuss importance of sorting objective sources from more biased ones, explore significant dates and deadlines of voting and election process, and complete voting worksheet by researching answers online.
Students analyze the 2008 presidential primaries by reading and discussing the New York Times Upfront article "Primary Matters." They complete a KWL chart, complete a handout, read the article and answer comprehension questions, and conduct an inquiry into the election using a variety of online resources.
Who will be the next president? Learners write a persuasive letter to the president of the United States. They research the 2000 Presidential election, interview parents, and reflect on their own opinions and experiences to write their letters. This could be modified to work for any election year.
Students complete pre reading, writing, and post reading activities for the book Election Day. In this guided reading lesson plan, students complete writing, go over vocabulary, answer short answer questions, have discussions, and more.
Learners examine the local and national election process. In groups, they brainstorm a list of the issues important to them and compare them to an overall list of issues present in the election. They analyze graphs and complete calculations related to statistics.
Students differentiate between positive and negative personal attributes and select a fictional character for nomination who personifies the qualities of a good leader. They use the Internet to learn about the election process and write an announcement speech that identifies their character's platform. Finally, students complete a form that registers them to vote in the classroom election.
Young scholars explore important political election components. In this civics instructional activity, students view a video about the 2008 presidential election and identify important issues addressed by the candidates. Young scholars discuss vocabulary and election concepts, and write an essay explaining which candidate they would support. Although the video describes the 2008 election, it has valid information that could be used in any election instructional activity.
In this presidential election worksheet, students research the 2008 presidential candidates and create a booklet of candidate profiles that clearly differentiate each one. They also assume the identity of one of the candidates and hold a mock presidential debate. Finally, the students prepare and present a three-minute speech as one of the 2008 presidential candidates.
Students explore U.S. politics by researching the Presidential requirements. For this electoral process lesson, students identify the main requirements to become a Presidential candidate and the two main political parties. Students research the 2008 campaign between Obama and McCain and create a T.V. style report on their information.
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 explore the election process. In this government and literacy lesson plan, 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.
Young scholars explore the New Hampshire primaries and the polling process by analyzing polling information, examining the effects of polls, and creating graphs that represent polling data.
Students identify the steps to become a President of the United States. In this government activity, students read the book So You Want to be President? and discuss the steps it takes to get elected as the President. Students use a timeline to order the steps.
Students follow a flowchart that describes the process of electing the American president and vice-president. They create a flowchart that explains some aspect of the US government.