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Election Activities
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US Elections

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Introduction to Elections How the US President is Elected Election Activities Election Glossary

Introduction to US Elections


The word democracy comes from the Greek language; in Greek, demos means "people" and kratos mean "power." In a democracy, the power of the government is in the hands of its people.
An election is a process in which people vote to choose a leader or to decide an issue.

The United States is a representative democracy, a country in which the adult citizens of the country vote to elect the country's leaders. These elected leaders make the governmental decisions. The leaders serve in office for a specific amount of time, called a term of office. Elected government officials include the president, US senators, US representatives, state senators, state representatives, state governors, city mayors, school board members, and many others.

Most US elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday each November. Polling places (the locations where people vote) include schools, post offices, community centers, and other public places. Every four years, US voters elect the President of the United States.

Election Worksheets and Activities



Classroom Election Activity

You can have a classroom election to decide an issue that your students care about (recess, snacks, a classroom activity...) or have a mock-presidential election. Your election can include disccussing the issues, registering voters, voting in a voting area by secret ballot, counting and tallying the votes, and putting the election results into effect. What issues do you care about?
acrostic poem

VOTE Acrostic Poem

Write a poem about voting. Start each line with a letter from the word "VOTE."
find related words

Write Eight Election Words

Think of and write eight election words. Then, for each word, write a sentence containing that word. Sample answers: vote, elect, campaign, candidate, primary, caucus, Democrat, Republican.


Election Cloze Activity

Learn all about US elections by doing a fill-in-the-blank printout. Or go to the answers.


Two Candidate Venn Diagram

Compare and contrast two candidates running for office in this Venn diagram printout.


Electing the US President
Printable Book

A short, printable book about how the US President is elected. Page headings include: Representative Democracy, Issues You Care About, Political Parties, Primary Elections, Political Conventions, Registering to Vote, How to Vote, Who Wins? (the Electoral College), and The Presidential Term.


Election Quiz Worksheet

Answer 10 questions about the US Presidential election. Or go to the answers
Political Party Platforms

Political Party Platforms Worksheet

Compare the platforms of the political parties, noting their stances on issues such as taxes, national defense, education, health care, social security, the environment, immigration, etc. You can use the political party's websites to determine their platforms. Go to a pdf version of the worksheet.
Candidate Grid

Two-Candidate Grid Worksheet

Each candidate for office has a set of stances on issues that affect our lives, including energy, national defense, education, taxes, health care, social security, the environment, immigration, and many other issues. Compare the stances of the candidates on these issues along with the candidates' achievements and qualifications. What issues do you care about? You can use the candidates' websites to determine their stances and achievements. Go to a pdf version of the worksheet.
Candidate Grid

Three-Candidate Grid Worksheet

Each candidate for office has a set of stances on issues that affect our lives, including energy, national defense, education, taxes, health care, social security, the environment, immigration, and many other issues. Compare the stances of the candidates on these issues along with the candidates' achievements and qualifications. What issues do you care about? You can use the candidates' websites to determine their stances and achievements. Go to a pdf version of the worksheet.


Election Issues
Essay Topic

What do you think are the most important issues in this election (and why)?


Presidential Qualities
Essay Topic

What do you think are the most important qualities a president should have (and why)?


If I Were the President
Essay Topic

Write a page on what you'd do if you were the President. How would you change the world?


Electoral College Map Activity

Answer the questions and follow the instructions to color the US electoral college map. Answers: 3. California (with 55 votes), 4. Texas (with 34 votes), 5. New York (with 31 votes), 6. Florida (with 27 votes), 7. Georgia, 8. Washington, 9. Vermont, 10. Nebraska.


Electoral College Coloring Map

After the US presidential election, color the US states on the map: red for states that vote Republican, blue for states that vote Democratic. Then tally the electoral votes for each party - 270 votes are needed to become US President. Go to a pdf version of the worksheet.
Find a word for each letter

Find an Election Word for Each Letter

See if you can think of and write down an election word for each letter of the alphabet. Or go to a sample answer page.
wordsearch puzzle

Presidential Biography Report

Write a paper about a US President, writing about the President's early life, the presidency, and the post-presidency. Or go to the grading rubric.
Match syllables

Match the Syllables: Election Words

Match two syllables to make 10 election words. The words are elect, voting, campaign, platform, ballot, tally, recount, office, winner, loser. Or go to the answers.
Earth Day wordsearch

Election Wordsearch Puzzle

Find the words in the election wordsearch puzzle, then use the extra letters to find the secret message: "In the USA, we vote on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November." Or go to the answers.
Spelling words

Election: Spelling Word Questions

Use the list of election spelling words to answer simple questions. Words: election, candidate, vote, campaign, November, tally, parties, citizen, choices, issues. Or go to the answers.
Alphabetical Order

Put 10 Election Words in Alphabetical Order - Worksheet

Put 10 Election words in alphabetical order. The words are: election, candidate, voter, primary, choose, platform, recount, caucus, issues, tally. Go to the answers.
Write a Sentence

Write a Sentence for Each Election-Related Word

Write a sentence for each election-related spelling word. Words: November, vote, election, elect, campaign, ballot, stance, winner, tally, recount.
Revere code

Presidential Election Alphabet Code

Use the alphabet code to find the message about US Presidential elections. Answer: "In the USA we vote for President every four years."
US election code

US Election Alphabet Code

Use the alphabet code to find the secret message about US elections. Answer: "US elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November."
vote

Vote in November:
Word Hunt Worksheet

How many words can you make using the letters from "Vote in November"? Sample answers: never, mention, bovine, ... Go to worksheet with 30 blanks or a worksheet with 50 blanks.
grammar worksheet

Election Words Grammar Potpourri Worksheet

Find synonyms, antonyms, homonyms, an anagram, and a compound word, then capitalize, punctuate, and correct the spelling of sentences. Or go to the answers.


The Census

A census is an official count of the number of people in a region. The survey is done by a government, usually periodically. The population figures from the census are used to determine how many members of the US House of Representatives represent an area, and to allocate federal funding for local programs.



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