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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
So You Want to Be President? Literature Guide
Lincoln-Douglas Style Debate Procedure
Could You Be President?
U.S. President: Facts


U.S. Map with State Capitals
Informal Debates
Great Debate Lessons
November Bulletin Board: Fractions
Reading Guide for My Dad, John McCain
U.S. Elections and Voting Quiz (Level I)
More Popular Elections Printables

Lesson Plans

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


Presidential Elections
Election of U.S. Senators
Election of the President & Vice President: Electoral College
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Barack Obama: Road to the White House
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
History of Presidential Inaugurations
More Popular Elections References

Language Arts & Elections Connected

Vote! Discussion Guide
Margaret Chase Smith: A Woman for President Mock Election Guide
A Teacher's Guide for Vote!
The Gandhi Family
Reading Guide for Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight
Educator's Guide to Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope
Bad Kitty for President: Where is Bad Kitty Campaigning?
More Language Arts Activities for Elections

Mathematics & Elections Connected

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


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
Women's Right to Vote Little Book
Know the Presidents
Anna Howard Shaw
Australian Voting-Rights Timeline
Julia Ward Howe
More Popular History Resources for Elections

U.S. Presidents & Political Figures

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

Federal Government Resources

Election of the President & Vice President: Primary Election
John McCain
Rudy Giuliani
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Mitt Romney
U.S. Elections and Voting Quiz (Level II)
Biography of Barack Obama
More Federal Government Resources

American Suffrage Movement

Women's History Videos & Activities
Changes for Women Reading Warm-Up
The Roots of Women's Rights
Exploring Suffragists
Declaration of Sentiments
"Ain't I a Woman"
More Suffrage Resources

Geography Resources

New York State Map
South Carolina State Map
Utah State Map with Capital
Arizona State Map
New Hampshire State Map
North Carolina State Map
Connecticut State Map
More Mapping Activities

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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.