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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
Lincoln-Douglas Style Debate Procedure
The Presidential Election Process
U.S. President: Facts
Could You Be President?
Presidential Trading Cards

Printables

U.S. Map with State Capitals
Heroines of Women's Suffrage
Informal Debates
New Jersey State Map with Physiography
Great Debate Lessons
U.S. Elections and Voting Quiz (Level II)
Election Project
More Popular Elections Printables

Lesson Plans

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

References

Election of U.S. Senators
Election of the President & Vice President: Electoral College
Presidential Elections
Election of the President & Vice President: Primary Election
Presidential Campaign Slogans Answer Sheet
Susan B. Anthony
U.S. Census
More Popular Elections References

Language Arts & Elections Connected

So You Want to Be President? Literature Guide
Voting!
Classroom Crew Elections
Margaret Chase Smith: A Woman for President Mock Election Guide
Vote! Discussion Guide
Educator's Guide to Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope
Reading Guide for Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight
More Language Arts Activities for Elections

Mathematics & Elections Connected

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

Quizzes

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
Belva Ann Lockwood
Unusual Voting Results in the U.S.
Know the Presidents
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
More Popular History Resources for Elections

U.S. Presidents & Political Figures

Presidents Elected Without a Majority of Votes
Overview of the Presidents: Basic Facts & Figures
U.S. Vice Presidents
Governors of the Fifty States
President George Walker Bush Biography
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
President Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. Biography
Reading Guide for My Dad, John McCain
Mitt Romney: 2012 Campaign Issues
Ron Paul: 2012 Campaign Issues
Barack Obama: 2012 Campaign Issues
Paul Ryan Biography
More U.S. Presidency Resources

Federal Government Resources

How a President Gets Elected
Election Day
Order of U.S. Presidential Succession
Presidential Conventions
Presidential Campaign Slogan Quiz
Election of the President and Vice President: The General Election
Election of U.S. Representatives
More Federal Government Resources

American Suffrage Movement

Women's History Videos & Activities
"Ain't I a Woman"
Declaration of Sentiments
Julia Ward Howe
Paulina Wright Davis
Exploring Suffragists
Carrie Chapman Catt
More Suffrage Resources

Geography Resources

Residency Requirements for Voting in the U.S.
Bad Kitty for President: Where is Bad Kitty Campaigning?
California State Map with Physiography
Alabama State Map
Alaska State Map
Arizona State Map
Arkansas State Map
More Mapping Activities

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