Here's some honesty for you ... I am dreading the election so much that I was planning to not even cover it with my kids in school. I figured that in four years, when they are older, we'd do a full unit. But, they do have a fascination with the presidents, and I know that tiny seeds could be planted now to make the election in four years even more informative. I certainly didn't want to spend a week on it. But, I did pull together some reading, writing, math, a craft, and cooking to make the election fun and meaningful for them.
We will divide our studies up into two days: the first day being tomorrow and then we will finish it on Tuesday, ending our lessons with a field trip to the polls for me to cast my vote.
Grace for President by Kelly S. DiPucchio
Vote! by Eileen Christelow
Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
Patty for President by Jean Davis Callaghan
So You Want to be President by Judith St. George
Arthur Meets the President by Marc Brown
Write a five part paragraph using a Graphic Organizer for Grace for President.
Electoral College map analysis
Electoral Map Math (scholastic)
"Election Day: Choosing our President" video by Learn Our History
Other Activities (that we probably won't get to)
"The Electoral Collage" and "Electoral Challenge" game (Scholastic)
Electoral Collage memory game
"The Race is On!" video (Scholastic)
"Seven Hats Challenge" game (Scholastic)
"Casting Your Vote" movie and activity (OLE)
"Evaluating Leadership" movie and activity OLE)
She's a Grand 'Ol Flag Lasagna
Who knows ... by the end of our lessons the election might be meaningful for me, too. Or, at the very least, I might actually have a grasp on the Electoral College.