Monday, October 29, 2012

Election Week Lesson Plan

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

I created these two simple Branches of Government worksheets. You are welcome to download and print them for personal use.
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
Electoral College

How many votes does each state get?
Electoral Vote Map
Blank USA Map

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?
Blank USA Map


6 comments:

  1. Oh this is a great post. Please make sure and link it up at Look! What We Did. -Savannah http://lookwhatwedid-homeschool.blogspot.com

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  2. wow! you are teaching your kids a lot more than they learn here in school!! good for you! my kids are interested in current events and the stuff they learn in school is so one sided it is more propaganda than anything!!
    I am your newest follower..pls follow back if you can.
    the electoral map put many things in perspective for us!

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  3. i love that you've incorporated this important issue into your curriculum! and thanks for linking this up to tip-toe thru tuesday.

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  4. Thanks for sharing! I wanted to spend a couple of days having my kids learn about the election process and you just made so my job easy. You listed some great resources.

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  5. What a great collection of resources! Thanks for sharing! We enjoy listening to those old school house rock songs =)

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