Teach students about the importance of democracy.
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8, 9–12
Track local and national elections or host an election in your classroom with students, historical figures, or book characters as candidates! You can also encourage independent research with assorted articles from Scholastic GO! and an election book list.
Lesson Plans and Book Resources
Students discuss presidential elections, identify desirable leadership qualities, and create a campaign for a fictional character.
Students learn about presidential campaigns through budgeting, speech writing, and other activities in this lesson plan.
Teach about elections using the storypath method in which students produce, direct, and act in a mock presidential campaign.
This discussion guide includes before- and after-reading questions and election-themed activities, plus a reproducible true-or-false quiz about the events in Duck for President.
The Class Election from the Black Lagoon provides an opportunity to teach how fears affect the imagination, how an author uses puns and word play, and how character is developed through text and illustrations. Activities will engage students in creative writing, dramatic readings, and word play.
History of Elections in the United States
Read about the history and meaning of elections, electoral rules, balloting, and voting turn out in this article from Scholastic GO!
An encyclopedic article from Grolier Online and The New Book of Knowledge
A summary from Grolier Online on the right to vote in public affairs, and how the 15th amendment granted American women suffrage
Learn about the requirements and history of voting in the United States in this article from Scholastic GO!
Voting for the President
Build vocabulary word comprehension skills as well as word-learning strategies related to presidential elections.
Books, worksheets, and other resources to help you teach about elections, politics and presidents
With the campaign, this is the perfect time to incorporate math into our everyday work and focus on American history and civic responsibilities while creatively decorating the halls with interactive and informative displays of student work and election material.
Your students may not be able to vote (this time around!), but these activities about elections and campaigning will show them what it means to be a good citizen.
Have your students read this short article about the Electoral College and answer the math questions that follow to demonstrate comprehension.
Students will warm up with a name game before imagining their own presidential legacies and researching in-depth a president of their choosing.
Students will work in groups to research candidates in a real or fictional election and present their findings to the class.