More Election Lessons

Monday, October 20, 2008

I've recently come across even more election resources that I've found very useful. Since I've gotten a positive response to all the links I have previously posted on the subject, I thought it was worth while to add these to the list. If you are looking for lesson plans or educational resources regarding the Election (which is now only 15 days away!) then you've come to the right spot.

A fun way to get younger kids involved is through stories and videos. Reading Duck for President is a great way to start a discussion about the election process and what Presidents, Vice Presidents and Governor's do. This website has a free teaching guide for download via pdf.
Schoolhouse Rock is a fun way to introduce kids to lots of topics and a Special Election Edition DVD comes with a US map to track electoral votes and a couple activities. But, be warned, most reviews suggest just buying the 30th Anniversary Edition as it's a better value and includes nearly all of the Election Edition on it. If your kids like Schoolhouse Rock, why not get the entire set so they won't miss out on the catchy "Conjunction Junction" tune. (I could sing that one all day :D)

And check out these great coloring pages from ABC Teach, as well as election printables.

Cablevision's Power to Learn has some interesting resources including Campaign Ads from 1954-2004 with lesson plans for middle and high school.

Take Your Kids 2 Vote offers a great list of resource links and a pledge you can sign to take your kids with you when you vote. Experience is the best teacher, right?

For grades 6-8 and 9-12 the New York Times site has an extensive list of lesson plans and unit studies. And On The Issues has plenty of background info on the candidates and key issues.

Other sites of interest:
Montessori Lessons
Oklahoma Homeschool 12
week Lesson Plan with loads of resources
Hot Chalk's Lessons
Vote Smart
And a nice lesson plan easy one stop shop.
10/30...adding this from PBS, in depth bios of candidates and interviews.

Whew...I think I'm done now. Can we move on to Thanksgiving already?!


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