These free educational materials offer lessons and guides to help teach your kids about the upcoming Presidential election, with additional links to resources on civics and U.S. government.
- Election 2012 Activity Pack: From the Online Learning Exchange, includes lessons, videos and activities on the election, including information about the candidates, current events, and presidential facts. For more general civics and government lessons and interactives, visit OLE’s main page.
- Decision 2012: from NBC Learn, this site features a variety of resources, including Election Math, a collection of math activities related to the election, such as campaign and voter statistics, graphing, and analyzing trends and patterns.
- Election 2012 Teaching Ideas and Resources: The New York Times Learning Network offers lesson plans based on the newspaper’s content. The site has an election unit covering the candidates, campaign issues, and other ideas for activities and projects.
- Play the Election: This Rand McNally site has an interactive electoral map that shows a variety of election related information, including current polling data for all 50 states updated daily; electoral college and popular vote data for each presidential election between 1960 and today; latest census data for each state; current news articles related to the election updated daily.
- Electing a U.S. President: This video outlines the US electoral process in simple terms.
- Presidential Timeline of the 20th century: Interactive timeline including photos, documents, and videos.
- James Polk Site: Through November 10, the historical site is presenting a free exhibit on the history of US political conventions and the role they play, featuring the Democratic Convention of 1844.
- Free American Government Text: This is an online, high-school textbook. The site also has online texts for US History and Ancient Civilizations.
- Free Downloads: How to Become a U.S. President: download or order a poster on the process for becoming a U.S. President. Civics Units: This download correlates with the Glencoe textbook, Civics Today: Citizenship, Economics & You. Seven units cover: citizenship, foundations of American Government, the US Constitution, branches of government, voting and elections, state and local governments, law. Includes suggested pacing, worksheets and graphic organizers.
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