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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
Could You Be President?
Presidential Trading Cards
Know the Presidents


U.S. Map with State Capitals
Informal Debates
New York State Map
Virginia State Map with Physiography
Great Debate Lessons
Texas State Map
More Popular Elections Printables

Lesson Plans

Inaugural Poetry
Election Vocabulary Bingo
U.S. President: Facts
Who Are My Representatives?
Election Vocabulary Brainstorm
More Elections Lesson Plans


Election of the President & Vice President: Electoral College
Governors of the Fifty States
Election of U.S. Senators
Election of the President & Vice President: Primary Election
Barack Obama: Road to the White House
U.S. Census
Presidents Elected Without a Majority of Votes
More Popular Elections References

Language Arts & Elections Connected

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

Mathematics & Elections Connected

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


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

History Resources

Mock Election Ideas for the Classroom
Unusual Voting Results in the U.S.
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
Presidential Conventions
Presidential Campaign Slogan Quiz
Presidential Campaign Slogans Answer Sheet
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
More Popular History Resources for Elections

U.S. Presidents & Political Figures

Overview of the Presidents: Basic Facts & Figures
U.S. Vice Presidents
History of Presidential Inaugurations
President George Walker Bush Biography
Reading Guide for My Dad, John McCain
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

How a President Gets Elected
Order of U.S. Presidential Succession
Closest Presidential Races
Election of U.S. Representatives
Election of Representatives
Presidential Elections
Election Day
More Federal Government Resources

American Suffrage Movement

Women's History Videos & Activities
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Biography: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Exploring Suffragists
The Roots of Women's Rights
Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote Teacher's Guide
Declaration of Sentiments
More Suffrage Resources

Geography Resources

Texas State Map with Capital
West Virginia State Map with Capital
Residency Requirements for Voting in the U.S.
Bad Kitty for President: Where is Bad Kitty Campaigning?
Alaska State Map
Arkansas State Map
Connecticut State Map
More Mapping Activities
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June Calendar of Events
June is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: U.N. World Environment Day (6/5), D-Day (6/6), World Oceans Day (6/8), Diary Day (6/12), Flag Day (6/14), Ramadan Begins (6/18), World Refugee Day (6/20), Father's Day (6/21), Summer Begins (6/21), and Meteor Day (6/30). Plus, celebrate Child Vision Awareness Month and Safety Month all June long!

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.

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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.