With the elections only eight days away we plan to focus our studies this week on government. It will be a true crash course. Here are some websites and resources we plan to use.
Day 1: Research
Ben's Guide to US Government for Kids
Day 2: Branches of Government
School House Rocks Branches of Government Song and Video
How to Understand the Three Government Branches
Branches of Government worksheet 1
Branches of Government worksheet 2
Day 3: Political Parties
Political Parties Rap - Smart Songs
Day 4: Electoral College
Electing a US President in Plain English
How many votes does each state get?
Electoral Vote Map
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The electoral vote map in the link above is based on the 2000 census and many numbers have changed. The first thing I had my children do was compare the numbers to the Wiki state population page and update their maps. It turned out to be an excellent geography lesson. My son knows some of the states, and this activity focused his attention on the rest.
Day 5: Current Issues
Read this library book. - Duck for President
2016 Election Issues
I plan to read some of these questions to the kids and let them decide where they stand. Then they can select their candidate.
68 Issues - Where do the candidates stand?
Day 6: Track Elections
How to Elect the US President - Parents please preview this one. Depending on your sense of humor, you could find this in poor taste.
Why do we vote on Tuesdays?
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