October 30, 2022
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Election Resources for Your Lessons
Explore election resources for all grades! Discover activities related to the history of the election process, information about the Electoral College, campaign details, a tool to see whose ideals you align with, and many other timely resources.
TeachersFirst's Elections Resources
Explore excellent election resources that will help your students understand and become involved in the electoral process, whether it’s a presidential or an off-year election cycle. To find more resources, type “elections” in the keyword search.
Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles
In this Reading Trek, Mara Rockliff shares the true story of Alice Burke and Nell Richardson’s journey across the United States to persuade the public that women should have the right to vote. Don't miss the many map connections!
Close Up provides nonpartisan civics resources for high schools and middle schools, including podcasts, videos, lesson plans aligned to standards, discussion issues, and more. The content covers a broad range of topics, including campaigns and elections.
US Presidential Elections and Activities
Find classroom activities about voting and campaigning. Scroll down to select a grade level band ranging from elementary school to college. One example asks students to create trading cards and commercials about the candidates.
This must-see collection offers 20 civics challenges for middle school students. Share individual challenges with students using the provided challenge code. Topics include voter suppression, principles of major political parties, and others.
Decoding Elections: Process, Persuasion & Participation
Study the historical conditions and circumstances of controversial political campaigns to understand today's campaign tactics and messages. For example, go back to the 1880s to learn about mudslinging and nasty accusations made during the election.
Does Your Vote Count? The Electoral College Explained
Many students (and adults) don't fully understand the role of the Electoral College in presidential elections. This resource offers a video explaining the Electoral College and how it works as part of the election process.
iCivics, Win the White House
In this lively, colorful simulation, students experience taking part in a campaign by creating a candidate avatar, selecting either Democratic or Republican issues, participating in debates, and developing a media campaign.
Rock the Vote
Are you registered to vote? Rock the Vote is a nonprofit organization dedicated to getting young people out to vote. Their home page includes voter registration, where to vote, and election information for voters across the country.
The Election Collection
Stay up to date on current elections and learn about the electoral process. View a short video to explore the Constitution and how the government gets power from its citizens or launch the Electoral Decoder to explore 58 past presidential elections.
I Side With
Take this online quiz to learn which candidate aligns most with your beliefs, then explore the many polls on the site to view results from across the country. Break down information from polls by state, city, or party.
Hip Hughes History
Peruse this collection of over 300 videos for U.S. and World History, current events, political science, and American government. Don't miss Presidential Elections Explained, a collection that includes many election-related videos.
This Week at TeachersFirst
We invite you to join us this Tuesday (11/1) for our next OK2Ask® virtual workshop and this Thursday (11/3) for our next bimonthly Twitter chat. Also, check out a blog post about voting rights and don't forget to give your input in our weekly poll.
Tuesday, 11/2, 7 PM ET
OK2Ask: Engage & Inspire with Hexagonal Thinking
Hexagonal Thinking can be both a metacognitive and collaborative strategy that helps students to construct knowledge. Students can use this strategy to organize concepts presented in class and determine how they are interrelated with familiar concepts.
Learn about hexagonal thinking and how to use it in instruction »
Thursday, 11/3, 8 PM ET
Twitter Chat: Flipped Classroom Strategies for Active Learning Innovation
Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. During this chat, participants will define and discuss the basic elements of a flipped classroom and share tech tools and resources that support flipped classroom experiences.
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Women’s Equality Day
Congress formally ratified the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920, giving women the right to vote. Check out this post for ideas to engage, enhance, and extend learning using the Interactive Constitution as a starting point.
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