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Election Resources for Your Students

Educate and inform your students about the election and the voting process. Find inspiration in these tools and collections as you begin to plan your lessons! 

Grades K-12

TeachersFirst's Elections Resources

Elevate your instruction with this curated collection of resources related to the election. Engage your students and help them understand and get involved in the electoral process. Tools for all grade levels are included.

Grades 3-8

Election 2020

Track the entire election process with your elementary and middle school students with this inclusive site. Discover an election timeline for 2020, explanations of the election process in simple terms, printable pages, election interactives, and more.

Grades K-4

Reading Treks: Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten, and 10,000 Miles

Engage your youngest learners about the voting process and U.S. history by sharing this Reading Trek, which includes maps and an instructional guide filled with immersive classroom ideas. This story shares the history of women getting the right to vote.

The View from All Sides

As educators, it's important that we teach students how to find answers to their questions and make their own decision about who to support in an election. Use the resources in this section to help students determine which candidate's platform aligns with their values. 

Grades 4-12

All Sides

Look at political, national, and international issues from all sides: left, right, and center. Current content focuses on political discussions and current events. Fact checking is included at the site, along with articles from all sides of the spectrum.

Grades 6-12

I Side With

Share this online quiz with your students (and even families) to help them to decide which candidate aligns with their beliefs the most. Explore the many polls on the site and view results from across the country by political party, location, and more.

Grades 8-12

Where Do You Fit? Political Party Quiz

If you're looking for a quick quiz to share with students to help them assess their own political beliefs, and where they fit on the political spectrum, check out this 11-question quiz. View results of others by gender, age, and religion.

Election Lesson Plans & Interactives

In this section we share three ready-to-go sites that include interactives, lesson plans, and more to help you teach about the election. Find the ideal tool for your students' age to use during remote or blended lessons.

Grades K-12

Elections and Civics Lesson Plans

Discover lesson plans and activities for all grade levels about voting, such as creating e-trading cards or producing candidate commercials. Lessons include objectives, procedures, and rubrics for evaluation.

Grades 4-12

iCivics, Win the White House

Run for U.S. president in this lively, colorful simulation where students become part of a campaign by creating a candidate avatar, selecting either Democratic or Republican issues, participating in debates and developing a media campaign.

Grades 3-12

The Election Collection

Learn about the electoral college and more at this all-inclusive site. Click the links on the left side to learn about the party system, voting rights, how voting works, elections and presidential campaigns, media literacy, and other topics.

This Week at TeachersFirst

We invite you to join us this Tuesday as we continue our fall series of OK2Ask® virtual workshops. We're also hosting a Twitter chat this Thursday and sharing a blog post about media literacy and the election. Finally, we kindly ask for your input in our weekly poll.

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Workshops: Tuesday, October 13, 7 PM ET

Engage & Inspire with Edpuzzle Student Projects

We welcome you to join our next OK2Ask workshop this Tuesday (10/13) at 7 PM! Learn how to use Edpuzzle student projects for authentic assessment in the classroom, plan for their use as part of instruction, and collaborate with other educators.

Create an exemplar to share with students »

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Twitter Chat: Thursday, October 15, 8 PM ET

Digital Citizenship: How to Teach It & Resource Round-Up

Join our coaches this Thursday as we chat about digital citizenship. We will explore tools and resources that support digital citizenship and discuss the importance of being a good digital citizen. Use the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst.

Share tips and strategies for encouraging digital citizenship in the classroom »

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Infusing Technology Blog

Media Literacy in 2020

With the importance of the upcoming election, and the increasing reliance on the internet and social media for news, media literacy is more important than ever. Read this recent blog post with ideas about how to help your students evaluate sources.

Incorporate media literacy into your classroom »

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Election Day Plans

Weekly Poll

This week our poll asks: "Will you include lessons and/or activities about the election in your instruction?" View the replies of others, after you submit your choice.

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