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12 Ways to Use the Presidential Election in Your Classroom. With last month’s conventions and next month’s debates, it’s a perfect time to bring a little election conversation into your classroom.

12 Ways to Use the Presidential Election in Your Classroom

Here are some non-partisan ways to mix politics with classroom activities. Red State, Blue State, Where is That State? These days, you can’t read an article or watch a news report on the election without seeing a map of the U.S. shaded according to states lean Democratic or Republican. It’s a perfect way to help younger students memorize state names and locations. On a regular basis, give students a blank U.S. map and provide oral or written instructions about how to color it in (California is blue, Alabama is red, etc.). Advertising and Politics Many middle and high school English teachers do a unit on advertising. The Politics of Numbers Answer the age-old student question, “Why do we need to know this?” Believe it or not, Halloween is just around the corner.

Classroom activities to help your students learn to get along, work well with... Survey Says. Elections. Lessons, activities, and other resources for election season.


Phil Nast, retired middle school teacher and freelance writer Found in: social studies, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 Lesson Plans Vote Smart's K-12 Classroom Activities and Resources: Civics Matters Curriculum Lessons for grades K-12. Lessons aligned to National Standards for Civics and Government. Background Resources: The Origins and Functions of Political Parties An encyclopedia article. (3-8) The Evolution of America’s Major Political Parties (6:47) A video explaining how the political parties have changed over time. (5-8) Elections the American Way This tutorial covers candidates, voters, party system, election process, and issues. (6-12) Copernicus Election Watch Examine the election process and political history with the 2000 presidential election. (9-12) American Political Parties an outline comparing the platforms of parties over time. (6-12) Timeline U.S.

Campaign Finance Reform: Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice. These student-facing resources provide accurate information about voting, the election process, political parties and candidates’ backgrounds.

Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice

They also include resources educators can use to fact-check and learn about key campaign issues. The Children Are Listening This song, written by Peter Yarrow for Operation Respect, encourages adults to model civility and respectful behavior for children. (elementary school) Presidential Election Lesson Plans and Lesson Ideas. PBS Election. The Contenders - 16 for '16 PBS, in partnership with OZY Media, is proud to present The Contenders-16 for '16, a documentary series that examines the most compelling and influential presidential campaigns in modern history.

PBS Election

From Jesse Jackson’s groundbreaking 1984 and 1988 campaigns to Barry Goldwater’s 1964 launching of a brand of conservatism that influenced both Republican Ronald Reagan and even Democratic Hillary Clinton. The Contenders covers sixteen stories from the past 50 years of presidential election history. The series shows how previous elections are still influencing today in unexpected ways. Grades 6-12 FRONTLINE: How Voting Laws Have Changed Examine data about the voting rights laws that most impact Americans' access to the ballot box and how they’ve changed across the country in recent years, in this interactive from FRONTLINE: Ballot Watch.

You're the Campaign Manager. U.S. Electoral College. Primaries, voting, and elections-special theme. Education World looks at decisions of primary importance and elects to explore the voting process!

Primaries, voting, and elections-special theme

Lesson plans, Internet sites, and curriculum ideas will help your students understand the impact of this year's Election. Lesson plans The election: Classroom activities The primaries and the political conventions are behind us now. The election campaign and the vote lie ahead. The lessons in this Education World resource are aimed at helping teachers capitalize on this once-every-four-years "teachable moment. " The election: More classroom activities In the classroom, teachers this fall have a unique opportunity to teach about elections and the election process, current issues, the importance of making informed decisions, and the importance of voting.

Election templates Students and teachers can use these completely editable templates to track the issues of this election and the results. More from the Education World archives Why teach current events? Elections: Everything You Need. Election Day is held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Unit Voting!

Election Day is held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

What's It All About? Students explore a variety of sources for information about voting. They evaluate the information to determine if it is fact or opinion, and then create a graffiti wall about voting. Grades 4 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Vote for Me! This lesson encourages students in grades 4 and 5 to think critically and write persuasively by focusing on preparing, presenting, and evaluating mock campaign speeches. Grades 9 – 12 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Propaganda Techniques in Literature and Online Political Ads Students analyze propaganda techniques used in pieces of literature and political advertisements.

Win the White House. Politics and Public Policy. Voting.