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Grades 6-12

The Road to the White House Doodle Notes

This doodle notes set will help students understand the Presidential election process. Resources include teacher directions, blank doodle notes for students, fill-in-the-blank doodle notes, a PowerPoint and more.



Grades 6-12

Political Parties & Presidential Election Campaign Activity

Get the Party Started! In this group activity, students will develop their own political party, election campaign and experience life on the campaign train! Resources include teacher notes, project directions, worksheets, and a rubric.



Grades K-5

Election Day Activities Collection

A complete collection of election activities for your elementary classroom. You will find vocabulary cards (picture and word) to support all learners, anchor chart templates to help you create visuals for lessons, literature integration with corresponding activities, and multiple printables to support your election day unit!



Grades 6-12

Electoral College Map Activity

This activity contains 4 different Electoral College map activities, including maps from the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections. There is also a 2020 Presidential Election map for students to predict the outcome. An answer key for teachers is included.



Grades 6-12

Analyzing a Presidential Debate

Guide your students through the presidential debates! Students will stay focused on the various debate topics and offer their own opinions through additional discussion questions provided.



Grades 6-12

Political Parties Doodle Notes

This doodle notes set will help students understand the political parties in the United States. Resources include teacher directions, blank doodle notes for students, fill-in-the-blank doodle notes, a PowerPoint and more.


Grades 6-12

Debating the Issues

This activity will help students debate campaign contributions and if limits should be placed on them. Students identify what their opinion is by summarizing, predicting and then writing to persuade others


Blog Posts


2020 will still be an election year.

Elections can be somewhat of a difficult topic to discuss with our younger students in the classroom, but still an important set of lessons that need to be addressed.



Why I Ran for Office

My whole life, people approached me and told me one day I’d do it. I pushed back on them...but on February 12, 2019, I announced I would be a candidate for political office, and here’s why.



10 Things Campaigning Taught Me

When I lost my election on November 5, 2019, I looked back on the campaign I spent a better part of a year running. Here are the lessons I learned.



5 Ways to Keep your Students Engaged During Election Season

One of the most exciting times for any social studies teacher comes every four years. This exciting time that we all know and love is the season leading up to the election of the next President of the United States.



Voting Rights in the US

The late John Lewis said, “The vote is precious. It is almost sacred. It is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy." Voting is an important American right, from our beginnings as a revolutionary colony protesting taxation without representation.




to the 2020 election


Tuesday, November 3, 2020




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Election History


December 15, 1789-January 10, 1789

First presidential election

October 31, 1800-December 3, 1800

Election of 1800 - Thomas Jefferson beats incumbent President John Adams and the election rules change during the “Revolution of 1800”

September 25, 1805

The Twelfth Amendment is ratified and changes the election rules to provide separate Electoral College votes for the President and Vice President.

February 9, 1825

John Quincy Adams is elected president after the Election of 1824, which had no candidate winning the majority of the electoral vote.

February 3, 1870

The Fifteenth Amendment is ratified and prohibits the government from denying a citizen the right to vote based on race, color, or past history of servitude. Women voting

August 26, 1920

The Nineteenth Amendment was officially adopted and women in the United States were given the right to vote after a decades-long struggle.

August 6, 1965

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is signed into law to enforce the voting rights guaranteed by the Fifteenth Amendment. It was later amended to include protections for bilingual voters and voters’ with disabilities.





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Education Resources


270 to Win - interactive map of electoral college votes


Kids Voting USA - organization focused on showing children the importance of voting


MIT Election Center - election data from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Teaching Tolerance - organization focused on diversity in the classroom


iCivics - civic learning resources from Justice Sandra Day O’Connor



News Resources