Got Ballot?

Covering everything from referendums to recalls, this lesson takes students to the voting booth and explains what they might see on a typical ballot. Students will discover how voters have the opportunity to initiate change in state and local government. 

Does your state let kids under age 18 preregister to vote so they'll be all set when the time comes? Click here to find out about preregistration, which states allow it, and what the age limits are.


Candidate Report Card

Help your class apply their candidate evaluation skills with this election season activity. Students will select the issues and qualities they care about, then research candidates running for the office of your choice. Students will determine how the candidates rate, as they learn about the campaigns. This is a great extension activity for the Candidate Evaluation lesson plan, as well as an opportunity to bring current events into your classroom. 


Mini-lesson: Midterm Elections (HS)

Students learn about midterm elections, their role as a referendum on the presidency, and how a shift in party control impacts the legislative and executive branches. Page two of this Media Moment Mini-lesson covers horse race journalism, common during election season, and the limitations of this type of coverage. 


2016 Candidate Bios

Our 2016 Candidate Bio election resource can be used in a variety of ways in your classroom: reference document, starting point for deeper research, a discussion starter, and beyond. You will find a page of classroom discussion and activity ideas, candidate cards, and a table that compares seven different elements of each candidate and his or her campaign. 


Voting Matters Activity

Your students may be too young to register to vote, but it’s never too early to learn about what it takes to get to the ballot!  This activity is a great way to kick off the election season, and promote voter registration in the larger community.  Students will learn about how registration and voting works in their state, and create a flyer to share with someone in their life. National Voter Registration Day is in late September each year, and has a mission of registering voters across the country.

 


Win the White House Extension Pack

Make your students’ game play more meaningful by using our activity and assessment set designed specifically for Win the White House. This easy-to-use Extension Pack helps you give context and purpose to the game, as well as reinforce and assess the game concepts. That means deeper learning for students, and best practices around game-centered learning for you!  Extension Packs require PowerPoint and are designed for use with projectors or interactive whiteboards.