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Explore the Election: Electoral College

Resources for teaching about the Electoral College

Here are lesson plans, printables, games, and background articles to assist you in teaching about the Electoral College.

Articles

You're the Candidate!
Scholastic News Online | In this interactive game, student "candidates" race against time and political opponents as they create a platform, identify key states, and launch their presidential campaigns. Lesson plan includes printable and assessment tool.

The Right to Vote
Scholastic News Online | Make your class's study of the election process meaningful by having students persuade adult voters to go to the polls. This activity can be done before the primaries in your state or before the general election.

It's About Time
Scholastic News Online | A presidential election year is a busy time! In this activity, students use a time line of major election-year events to understand the electoral process.

Close U.S. Presidential Elections
Grolier Online | Learn about close Presidential Elections throughout history, from the tie between Jefferson and Burr in 1800 to the stalemate between Gore and Bush in 2000.

Electoral College
Electoral College
Grolier Online | Background information on the electoral college from Grolier and The New Book of Knowledge.

Voting
Grolier Online | An overview of the history of voting from Grolier and The New Book of Knowledge.

Resources

You're The Candidate Game
You're The Candidate Game
Scholastic News Online | Kick off your campaign for President of the United States by playing You're the Candidate game and learn what it's like to make a run for Oval Office.

Activities

Scholastic's Student Vote 2008
Scholastic's Student Vote 2008
Scholastic News Online | Your students can vote for President in Scholastic's Student Vote!
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