President Election and Election Day Activities

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4th - 7th
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Fun activity for my students to learn more about the election last year. Some students loved it, others thought it was too difficult but they all learned a lot. Thank you!
My fifth graders had a lot of fun with this resource and learned a lot. It sparked great questions and we had so great discussions because of the content.


Do your students want to learn more about the presidential election and what it takes to become president of the United States? The purpose of this activity is to engage your students by having them become detectives and learn about the process of electing a president of the United States. This resource is especially helpful at the time of an election but it can be used whenever. Students (or detectives) can earn the highest election detective ranking- Election President!


Topics Covered in Election Detective Activity:

→K-"No W"-L chart

→Election Vocabulary

→Citizen Voting

→The President: Roles and Responsibilities

→Past Presidents

→Presidential Election Process

→Candidate Stances

→The Electoral College

→Election Night Results

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Students will work in groups and become election detectives and research the election process for the president of the United States. Students are introduced to the activity in the detective briefing room, where they are given their election detective badges and their detective "To Do's".

Included in Election Detective Resource:

  • Election Detectives Teacher Tips (2-pages; PDF)
  • Detective Badges (1-page; 6 per page)
  • Introductory Handout (1-page; PDF)
  • Investigation Questions Handout (8-pages; PDF)
  • Investigation Questions Answer Key (8-pages; PDF)
  • Election Process Cut-Outs (1-page; PDF)
  • Election Detective Grading Rubric (1-page; PDF)
  • Election Detective Certificates (1-page; 6 per page; PDF)
  • Texting Election Activity (1-page; PDF)
  • Mock Presidential Election Activity (1-page; PDF)

Not included in Resource:

  • Resources needed for research (websites, books, etc.)
  • Specific information on any presidential candidates

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