What Are the Primaries and Caucuses?

What are the essential differences between primaries and caucuses? As part of a study of the process by which Americans select their candidates for US president, class members examine the nominating process, the changes that have occurred in the last 40 years, and the impact these changes have had on the nominating conventions. Be sure to check out the Lego and gummy bear videos that explain the process.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class groups or individuals create their own videos explaining the election process
Classroom Considerations

  • A link to each state's website is provided

  • The resource includes videos featuring Legos and gummy bears that explain the process, a detailed plan, worksheets, suggestions for extension activities, and links to additional resources

  • None