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Elections – Teacher Resources

Our lessons, printables, and activities on the U.S. electoral process provide great teaching ideas for fall, especially during an election year. Explore election requirements for the federal government with your students. You'll also find great ways for students to get involved in local politics, like holding classroom debates or writing letters to representatives. Units on civil rights and women's history will benefit from resources on the American suffrage movement.

Presidential Elections

2012 Presidential Election Resources
The Presidential Election Process
Lincoln-Douglas Style Debate Procedure
U.S. President: Facts
Overview of the Presidents: Basic Facts & Figures
Could You Be President?


U.S. Map with State Capitals
Informal Debates
Great Debate Lessons
Texas State Map
Where You Belong: Census Activity
Florida State Map
Women's Right to Vote Little Book
More Popular Elections Printables

Lesson Plans

Inaugural Poetry
Election Vocabulary Bingo
Who Are My Representatives?
Presidential Trading Cards
Election Vocabulary Brainstorm
More Elections Lesson Plans


Election of the President & Vice President: Electoral College
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
Election of U.S. Senators
Overview of the Presidents: Basic Facts & Figures
Presidential Elections
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
Election of the President & Vice President: Primary Election
More Popular Elections References

Language Arts & Elections Connected

So You Want to Be President? Literature Guide
Great Debates
Vote! Discussion Guide
Margaret Chase Smith: A Woman for President Mock Election Guide
Reading Guide for Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight
Reading Guide for My Dad, John McCain
More Language Arts Activities for Elections

Mathematics & Elections Connected

November Bulletin Board: Fractions
Kids Count: Census Activity
Population of the United States, From 1980 to 2010
Election Project
Conducting an Election Poll
Election Poll
Population of the United States by State


U.S. Elections and Voting Quiz (Level I)
U.S. Elections and Voting Quiz (Level II)

History Resources

Mock Election Ideas for the Classroom
Election Teaching Resources
History of Presidential Inaugurations
Presidential Campaign Slogan Quiz
Closest Presidential Races
Know the Presidents
Presidential Campaign Slogans Answer Sheet
More Popular History Resources for Elections

U.S. Presidents & Political Figures

President George Walker Bush Biography
Presidents Elected Without a Majority of Votes
U.S. Vice Presidents
Governors of the Fifty States
Educator's Guide to Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope
President Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. Biography
Barack Obama: 2012 Campaign Issues
Mitt Romney: 2012 Campaign Issues
Ron Paul: 2012 Campaign Issues
Paul Ryan Biography
More U.S. Presidency Resources

Federal Government Resources

Election Day
Biography of Barack Obama
U.S. Census
Election of U.S. Representatives
Election of the President and Vice President: The General Election
How a President Gets Elected
Order of U.S. Presidential Succession
More Federal Government Resources

American Suffrage Movement

Women's History Videos & Activities
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Biography: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Suffrage Movement Quiz
Notable Quotes by Women
Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote Teacher's Guide
UK Women's Suffrage Timeline
More Suffrage Resources

Geography Resources

Oklahoma State Map
Florida State Map with Physiography
Residency Requirements for Voting in the U.S.
Alabama State Map
Colorado State Map
Hawaii State Map
Kansas State Map
More Mapping Activities


Children's Choice Book Awards
We love books! Encourage students to vote for their favorite children's book, author, and illustrator of the year at Funbrain and Poptropica. Teens can make their picks too. Read the complete list of nominated books, as well as related activities, and get voting!

Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: Earth Day, women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, and American History. Enjoy!

April Calendar of Events
April is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Library Week (4/12-18), Volunteer Week (4/12-18), Poison Prevention Week (4/15-21), Earth Day (4/22), Tell a Story Day (4/27), International Jazz Day (4/30). Plus, celebrate Deaf History Month (3/15-4/15), Mathematics Education Month, National Poetry Month, and Youth Sports Safety Month!

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com, will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

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