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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
Presidential Trading Cards
Lincoln-Douglas Style Debate Procedure
Educator's Guide to Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope
Presidents Elected Without a Majority of Votes


U.S. Map with State Capitals
Informal Debates
Margaret Chase Smith: A Woman for President Mock Election Guide
Vote! Discussion Guide
Where You Belong: Census Activity
Great Debate Lessons
Election Project
More Popular Elections Printables

Lesson Plans

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


Election of the President & Vice President: Primary Election
Election of U.S. Senators
Election Day
Election of the President & Vice President: Electoral College
Susan B. Anthony
Sojourner Truth
Amendments to the Constitution of the United States
More Popular Elections References

Language Arts & Elections Connected

So You Want to Be President? Literature Guide
Classroom Crew Elections
Reading Guide for My Dad, John McCain
A Teacher's Guide for Vote!
Reading Guide for Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight
The Gandhi Family
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
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
Election Teaching Resources
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Closest Presidential Races
Frances Elizabeth Willard
Presidential Campaign Slogans Answer Sheet
Unusual Voting Results in the U.S.
More Popular History Resources for Elections

U.S. Presidents & Political Figures

Overview of the Presidents: Basic Facts & Figures
U.S. Vice Presidents
Governors of the Fifty States
History of Presidential Inaugurations
President George Walker Bush Biography
Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
Know the Presidents
Could You Be President?
President Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. Biography
Ron Paul: 2012 Campaign Issues
Mitt Romney: 2012 Campaign Issues
Barack Obama: 2012 Campaign Issues
Paul Ryan Biography
More U.S. Presidency Resources

Federal Government Resources

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

American Suffrage Movement

Women's History Videos & Activities
Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony & Frederick Douglass Activity & Discussion Guide
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Biography: A Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up
Elizabeth Leads the Way: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Right to Vote Teacher's Guide
Declaration of Sentiments
The Roots of Women's Rights
"Ain't I a Woman"
More Suffrage Resources

Geography Resources

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


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: World War I Began (7/28/1914) and Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

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!

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