With Election Day right around the corner, you might be wondering how to incorporate Election Day activities into your elementary classroom. I have compiled a list of my favorite activities and am sharing them with you here! Teaching about Election Day in your elementary classroom just got a little easier!
Celebrate former Presidents
There are so many great biographies and videos out there about our former presidents. Gather together your favorite resources for a presidential study! I personally like to assign each student a different president to research. Then we come together and share what we have learned. I do have some kid-friendly biographies perfect for this. You can find those here.
Have a Mock Election
Teach about the election process by holding your own mock election! I like to choose topics relevant to my students for voting. This could include topics like banning the use of plastic water bottles at school, dress code issues, or organized games at recess time. Teach students to actively listen to arguments for and against before deciding on their stance.
Read books about the Election
Whether you are using the books as a read-aloud or just making them available in your classroom, there are plenty of great books about elections. Here are some of my favorites.
- If I Ran for President by Catherine Stier
- There Ought to be a Law by Portia Bright Pittman
- I Voted by Mark Shulman
- The Class Election from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
- Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
Election Day Worksheets
Study Election Day as part of your social studies instruction. If you are short on time, throw in some Election Day worksheets into your instruction. They could be used as morning work, as learning center activities, for early finishers, or small group skill practice. I do have some Election Day worksheets in my FREE Resource Library that you get a copy of below.
I hope these ideas help you out as you plan to celebrate Election Day in your classroom. Happy teaching!