in the United States of America is always the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. It is the day when voters across the nation gather to elect public officials, and cast their vote on ballot issues.
are held every four years, where voters elect the President and Vice President. Both the President and Vice President serve four year terms, and in accordance with the twenty-second Amendment, a president may not be elected more than twice.
Elections for the House of Representatives
seats are held every two years, and all Representatives serve two-year terms, while Senators serve six-year terms.
Here are some more fun ideas to incorporate into your class:
Create a voting booth for your students to cast their votes (i.e. cardboard divider with a curtain)
Create a ballot box for students to drop ballots into. A shoebox with a slit in top works great.
List ballot issues that pertain to your class or family on the ballots. Here are a few ideas you can vote on at home:
- Give 2 dinner choices for members to vote on. (i.e. Pizza or Hamburgers)
- List 2 dessert choices for members to vote on. (Ice Cream Sundae or Strawberry Shortcake)
- Vote for best family member to be in charge of something in your home for 1 week. (i.e. Feeding animal, or in charge of turning off lights.)
- Hold mock campaigns, have students create flyers for their candidacy.
- Add in ballot issues from your local ballot, simplify for age appropriateness.
- Add in actual candidates for office in your area. Discuss party affiliation, and discuss why you would vote for/against the candidates.
And donâ€™t forget to discuss the importance of voting with your students! I hope you enjoy these, and make sure to get out and vote!
Ed Helper has free printable Super Tuesday lesson plans
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, Inauguration Day and more.
ABC Teach features election day lesson plans that are free to print
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too. Print KWL charts, voting graphics, math graphing activities, creative and response writing, comparison/contrast (candidates and past elections), history and literature connections, mock election forms, debate rubrics, student senate formats, issues awareness. Look for graphic organizers on foreign policy, how to vote, timeline of voting rights, constitution, branches of government, political parties and other election-related subjects.
Education World offers a sophisticated, multicultural look at the political system. Check out the interactive election activities
, maps and timelines available.
A to Z Teacher Stuff provides a compendium of free printable voting and election lesson plans
. Scroll through till you find what you need for your classroom grade and student population.
Special needs teachers, youâ€™ll appreciate these interactive election lesson plans. Hands-on activities help disabled children learn in ways that are suited to their abilities. Consider using games and puzzles as tests to make material more user-friendly.