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Election Tools For Your Classroom

As we draw nearer to election 2008, I am sure teachers will be scouring the Web for resources. Summer is indeed, over! So my goal with post is tocreate a growing list of links and descriptions. You can never have too much, so feel free to add yours too.

1) This year, Google is working with the National Student/Parent Mock Election to get students of all ages excited about the November elections. Students engage in activities to learn about the candidates and issues, then cast mock ballots that are counted along with those of millions of other students across the nation. (comes via Google website)  [For grades 5-12]

2) Time for Kids has election resources for middle school students that makes is more palatable to understand the issues. There are also campaign games – you’ll just have to scroll down to reach them. (middle school)

3) Electing a President – this is the perfect site to introduce elementary school children to the election process. It’s user friendly and graphically pleasing.

4) Joyce Valenza also has an awesome list of Election 2.0 resources at her blog. I would actually start my search looking at her links first – it’s one stop shopping at it’s best.

I will continue to update this post, so keep coming back to check for more resources.

5) PBS Teachers Election Curriculum Guide in pdf form. 

6) Nick Jr. is an MTV style guide to the candidates and their issues. I had huge success with my 4th graders last year. (Good for K-8)

7) Vote 2008 – PBS Election Resources