2020 Will Still Be an Election Year

Jessica Travis

The year is 2020. The world of education – completely changed. We have students who are learning in a classroom, some learning from their kitchen table on a tablet, and many who are adapting to the new normal of learning. Most schools are back in session, whether you are in person or learning virtually with peers, and teachers are still eagerly planning engaging lessons for all learners.

We know that this year is very different and many things have changed and some may never be the same. However, many things are still present in every classroom (in person or virtual) all around the world. We are still building relationships with students, we are creating engaging activities to help our students learn new concepts, we are celebrating student growth, and we are relying on each other more than ever before.

One event that has not changed, even in these different times, is 2020 will still be an election year. Our country will elect a president for the next four years and our students will still be learning about this historical process.

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. “Election Day Activities Collection” was created for just that and is here to support you with your instruction on this difficult topic. Click here to download the free resource.

Inside this resource you will find everything you need for elections. From vocabulary, printables, anchor chart support, crafts, developmentally appropriate election activities, and more for your younger students. Let’s take a peek at what you will find inside.

 
 

Vocabulary support with visuals can be a great way to introduce this unit. Included are multiple versions, one with real-life pictures and one set with clipart. These can be displayed in a pocket chart, a write the room activity, or even placed onto a Social Studies bulletin board.

While you are more than welcome to create your own anchor charts and visuals for your students, you will also find black and white templates to help create charts as well. You can print on your choice of colored paper or simply print and create a chart as you wish.

 
 

One thing that is so important is cross-curricular activities. Social Studies is an amazing opportunity to integrate in your literacy connections. In this Election Day resource, you will find a variety of book titles that can also help teach elections, along with multiple activities to support the text and extend the learning.

You will have whole group activities included to provide mock elections that support the text, as well as writing prompts, voting cards, and group sorting.

 
 

You will also find a variety of practice election ballots that you can choose from to create elections in the classroom. From favorite snack, favorite center, class helpers, to favorite pet – you will be able to create elections in the classroom and create class discussions.

 
 

Last, but not least, you will have access to a variety of printable activities to help support teaching elections in the classroom.

A student booklet that explains the process of voting and elections, anchor chart printables for students, describing activities, and always a class favorite, the president application!

So often we think of social studies as a difficult concept or subject to teach because we lack the resources needed to be developmentally appropriate for our younger students. The resource will hopefully help support your instruction in the classroom when it comes time to teach about the elections, as well as create an engaging and memorable experience.

You can find more of Jessica's ideas, activities, and resources on her award winning website, www.jessicatravisteaching.com.