Showing posts with label primaries. Show all posts
Showing posts with label primaries. Show all posts

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Road to the White House Game, Maps, and Scholastic News

Scholastic's Election 2012 is a nice set of resources through which elementary and middle school students can learn about various aspects of the 2012 Presidential Election. Election 2012 prominently features student-friendly articles about the Republican primaries and caucuses. Before you have your students read those articles you might want to have them take advantage of some of the other resources provided by Scholastic's Election 2012.

Scholastic's Election 2012 Q&A page offers short answers to common questions like, "what is a primary?" and "what is Super Tuesday?" After going over those questions and answers with your students they can test their recall of that information by playing the On the Road to the White House Game which is based on the Election 2012 Q&A.

Applications for Education
Scholastic's Election 2012 could be a good way for elementary school and middle school students to follow the process of choosing a new U.S. President. The section about the candidates themselves is a little thin, but that could be the jumping-off point for students to do some research about the candidates.

Here are some resources for teaching about the 2012 election that are appropriate for middle school and high school use:
How Candidates Raise and Spend Money
Election Lesson Plans from C-SPAN
Primary Elections and Gerrymandering Explained

H/T to Michelle Krill for the Scholastic Election 2012 link.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Videos - Primary Elections and Gerrymandering Explained

2012 US Presidential election campaigns are out in full force now. If you're trying to explain primaries and caucuses to your students, C.G.P. Grey has a new video explaining primaries. There is a little bit of editorializing in the video, but overall it is a good primer on the purposes and functions of caucuses and primaries.

Staying with the theme of political science, C.G.P. Grey also has a video explanation of Gerrymandering. The video uses animals instead of people and political parties to explain how Gerrymandering works. Again, there is a bit of editorializing in the video, but it still provides a good overview of the concept.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

CNN Student News is Back for 2012 - Caucuses and Primaries

CNN Student News is back for 2012 and this morning's episode is about the Iowa caucuses and North Korea. The bulk of the episode is about the caucuses, why they are important, and why the primaries later in the month are important too. The video is embedded below.

I did a quick search on YouTube for some other explanations of caucuses and came up with this video from CBS News.

Here is an explanation of the caucus process according to Sky News.

CNN also has this video explaining why Iowa and New Hampshire go first and matter.