This product consists of 8 resources (88 pages of student material) about American elections and how a U.S. president is elected. All the activities revolve around 24 essential vocabulary words that will help your students understand how the election process works.
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You can also purchase many of these resources individually but you'll save money when buy them all together in this product. See below for links to the separate resources.
Included in this product are:
* 24 vocabulary flash cards; every flash card includes: the word, its definition, 1 or 2 images to illustrate the word, its part of speech, 1-3 facts about the vocabulary word, and related words and phrases (when applicable)
* The same 24 words and images designed for use on a word wall
* 1 reading passage with comprehension questions and answer key
* 24 flash cards for a word-definition matching game (the same words as in the materials above but without images)
* 16 discussion topics on task cards, with images plus key words and phrases included
* The same 16 topics with images plus key words and phrases included, on separate pages for use as writing tasks, plus a rubric you can use to assess students' work
* 3 word search puzzles with 3 levels of difficulty each (for a total of 9 puzzles), all with answer keys
* 3 different crossword puzzles with answer keys and an accompanying word bank for students who need some extra support
Definitions for all the vocabulary words as well as the reading passage are written in easy-to-understand language so English Language Learners and students reading below grade level can understand them. Several suggestions for using each resource are also provided.
The vocabulary words in this product are: ballot, candidate, caucus, Congress, convention, delegate, Democrat, election, Electoral College, inauguration, independent, platform, political party, polling place, president, primary, register, Republican, representative, senator, Supreme Court, vote, Washington, D.C., White House.
English Language Learners and other students who are unfamiliar with American elections or how the president is elected will find these resources informative and useful. For native English-speaking students and ELLs who already have a general idea of the election process, you can use these resources as supplemental classroom activities, in centers, or for fun homework assignments. Laminate the materials and you can use them whenever there is an election in your area or nationally.
If you wish, you can use the resources in this product to address ELA Common Core writing standards and speaking and listening standards; a page listing those particular standards is provided for your convenience. There is also a page that lists all the resources and their components, to help you organize all the materials.
What educators who have used this resource say about it:
♥ "Loved the writing prompts." -- Linda S.
♥ "Great resource! Thanks!" -- Joe C.
After using the resources in this product, your students will surely have a better understanding of American elections and how a president in the United States is elected!
Details about what you get in this product:
★ 24 vocabulary flash cards, 4 words per page, that include their definitions, images to illustrate them, their parts of speech, facts about the words, and related words and phrases (when applicable), plus a cover page with 13 suggestions for use (7 pages)
★ 24 words and images (the same words as those on the flash cards) designed for use on a word wall, 2 words per page, plus a cover page with 8 suggestions for use (13 pages)
★ 1 reading passage with 5 comprehension questions and an answer key, all in color and black-and-white versions, plus a cover page with 8 suggestions for use (5 pages)
★ 24 flash cards, 4 per page, for a Concentration-style word & definition matching game (using the same words and definitions as the flash card and word wall words), 1 page for the back of the Word
cards and 1 page for the back of the Definition
pages, plus a cover page with instructions on how to prepare the cards and how to play the game with 3 suggestions for use (15 pages)
★ 16 discussion topics, 4 topics per page, with images and key words and phrases included plus a cover page with 5 suggestions for use (5 pages)
★ 16 topics (the same as those above) with images and key words and phrases included, on individual pages for use as writing tasks, a 1-page rubric you can use to assess students' work, 1 lined page for students who need more space for their responses (5 suggestions for use are included on the cover page for the discussion topics) (18 pages)
★ 3 word search puzzles with 3 levels of difficulty each, all with answer keys; 1 puzzle includes all 24 words, 1 puzzle includes 12 words about people and places associated with presidential elections, 1 puzzle includes 12 other words related to voting, plus a cover page with 5 suggestions for use (19 pages)
★ 3 different crossword puzzles with answer keys (each puzzle includes 1 page for the actual puzzle, 1 page with the clues, 1 page with the puzzle filled in with the answers, and 1 page with the answers next to the clues); 1 puzzle includes all 24 words, 1 puzzle includes 12 words about people and places associated with presidential elections, 1 puzzle includes 12 other words related to voting; there is also a 1-page word bank with all 24 words on it for students who need extra support plus a cover page with 6 suggestions for use (14 pages)
★ A list of the ELA Common Core standards addressed by this product (1 page)
★ A Notes to the Teacher
section with explanatory information (1 page)
-- These resources (except for the reading passage) are also available separately but this product with all 8 resources is a little cheaper if you want them all:
★ The 3 Vocabulary resources are HERE
★ The 2 Discussion and Writing resources are HERE
★ The Word Searches and Crossword Puzzles are HERE
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