U.S. Presidential Elections - Vocabulary Resources

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These 3 vocabulary activities help students learn how U.S. presidents are elected and about U.S. elections in general. All the activities revolve around 24 essential vocabulary words that will help your students understand how the American presidential election process works.

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All 3 of these resources are included in the U.S. Election Activities product, which includes 5 additional resources for learning about elections; you can find it HERE.

Resource at a Glance:

What will students learn?

* 24 vocabulary words about electing an U.S president and American elections in general. (Please see the More Info section for a list of the words.)

Who is it for?

All students, especially English Language Learners, who are learning how presidents in the U.S. are elected and about elections in general in America.

How does it help teachers?

* Each of the 24 task cards/flash cards includes 1 vocabulary word per card plus an illustration and language info about the word to help students learn election-related vocabulary.

* The larger-sized vocabulary words, with 2 per page, are for use as a word wall when you’re teaching about the elections process and/or the branches of government.

* Students can play the vocabulary games to strengthen their understanding of the words.

* The activities can be implemented individually, in pairs, and/or in small groups to give you teaching flexibility.

What educators who have used this resource say about it:

♥ "This was perfect ~ Thank you." -- Ann H.

♥ "This is just what I needed for my adult ESL students. Thank you!" -- Jena E.


What you get in this product:

★ Table of contents for quick reference (1 page)

★ A Notes to the Teacher section with explanatory information (1 page)

★ 24 vocabulary flash cards, 4 word or phrases per page, that include their definitions, images to illustrate them, their parts of speech, facts about the words, and related words and phrases (for 20 out of 24 words and phrases), plus a cover page with 13 suggestions for use (7 pages)

★ 24 words and phrases with images (the same words and phrases as those on the flash cards) designed for use on a word wall, 2 words or phrases per page, plus a cover page with 8 suggestions for use (13 pages)

★ 24 flash cards, 4 per page, for a Concentration-style word & definition memory game (using the same vocabulary as the flash cards 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 and 3 suggestions for when to play it (15 pages)

More Info:

The vocabulary words and phrases in this resource 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., and White House.

Three different resources are included in this product:

24 flash cards teach students essential vocabulary related to the U.S. presidential process; there are 4 flash cards per page. Each vocabulary word or phrase is accompanied by an image that illustrates it, its part of speech, 1-3 facts about the word or phrase, and related words and phrases (for 20 of the 24 words). Definitions for all the words and phrases are written in easy-to-understand language so English Language Learners and students reading below grade level can understand them. 13 suggestions for using the flash cards are included.

Word wall words are the same 24 vocabulary words and phrases, sized for use as a word wall, with two words per page. These vocabulary words and phrases include the definitions and the illustrations only. 8 suggestions for using the word wall are included.

Concentration, a memory game that uses these 24 vocabulary words. The words are presented 4 to a page and have a primarily red border while the definitions also are presented 4 to a page but have a primarily blue border. Templates with "WORD" and "DEFINITION" printed on them, 4 per page, are also provided so they can be photocopied onto the backs of the other cards. Complete directions for assembling the game, how to play it, and 3 suggestions for when to play the game are included.

Help your students learn key vocabulary related to the U.S. election process with these engaging resources!


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