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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
Overview of the Presidents: Basic Facts & Figures
The Presidential Election Process
Educator's Guide to Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope
Presidential Trading Cards

Printables

U.S. Map with State Capitals
Informal Debates
Election Project
Great Debate Lessons
Women's Right to Vote Little Book
Vote! Discussion Guide
Reading Guide for Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight
More Popular Elections Printables

Lesson Plans

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

References

Election of the President & Vice President: Electoral College
Election of U.S. Senators
Overview of the Presidents: Basic Facts & Figures
Presidential Elections
Population of the United States by State
Residency Requirements for Voting in the U.S.
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
More Popular Elections References

Language Arts & Elections Connected

Reading Guide for My Dad, John McCain
So You Want to Be President? Literature Guide
Voting!
Classroom Crew Elections
Margaret Chase Smith: A Woman for President Mock Election Guide
A Teacher's Guide for Vote!
The Gandhi Family
More Language Arts Activities for Elections

Mathematics & Elections Connected

November Bulletin Board: Fractions
Population of the United States, From 1980 to 2010
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
Presidential Campaign Slogan Quiz
Know the Presidents
Unusual Voting Results in the U.S.
Presidential Conventions
Presidential Campaign Slogans Answer Sheet
More Popular History Resources for Elections

U.S. Presidents & Political Figures

Presidents Elected Without a Majority of Votes
U.S. Vice Presidents
Governors of the Fifty States
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
History of Presidential Inaugurations
President George Walker Bush Biography
Could You Be President?
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

U.S. Census
How a President Gets Elected
Order of U.S. Presidential Succession
Election of the President & Vice President: Primary Election
Election Day
Election of Senators
Closest Presidential Races
More Federal Government Resources

American Suffrage Movement

Women's History Videos & Activities
Declaration of Sentiments
Exploring Suffragists
"Ain't I a Woman"
The Roots of Women's Rights
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Julia Ward Howe
More Suffrage Resources

Geography Resources

Texas State Map
Bad Kitty for President: Where is Bad Kitty Campaigning?
Alabama State Map
Arizona State Map
Alaska State Map
Arkansas State Map
Colorado State Map
More Mapping Activities

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Highlights

Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

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.

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 (and now in print!), 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.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Videos
Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!