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United States
2008 Elections Theme Unit

A note from the edHelper team on using this unit:
The main objective of this unit is to introduce issues that are important to both this election and most probably will continue to be important after the election. Our team has done everything possible to try to present all sides of issues, but more importantly we leave it to the students in the writing prompts to explore the issues.
We urge teachers and parents to please evaluate the materials first before using them. While we hope you will find the majority of what we've done to be useful, we realize that some issues are included in this unit that you may not want to discuss. Your comments on how to improve this unit are always welcome!
The edhelper focus is on understanding important issues.

Make a Daily Election 2008: United States Elections Activity Lesson Plan Book
        Daily Election 2008: United States Elections Activity Lesson Plan Book

Be the President - Making Your Own Budget
   Be the President Lesson

Activity Pages
            Election Activities

Activity Book (Grades K-5)
     Elections Activity: Children can vote for their favorite snack or activity. Materials are included. (PDF File)
Survey and Graphs (helpful for election activity)
     Snacks Survey (pre-made)
     Create your own survey printable

Critical Thinking - Logic Puzzles
     A vote for president

Election Quiz (Grades 3-6)
     Elections Review Quiz - vocabulary, true/false, and multiple choice (Grades 3-6)
     Customize Printables

Election Quiz (Grades 7-12)
     Elections Review Quiz - vocabulary, true/false, and multiple choice (Grades 7-12)
     Customize Printables

Reading Comprehensions
Leveled Books
            Campaign Words
            All Aboard the Campaign Train
            Vote for Me!
            A Brief History of Our Right to Vote
            Who Would Want To Be President?

     Meghan Gets Involved in the Campaign (Grades 3-5)
     Meghan Wants to be President (Grades 3-5)
     Meghan's Speech about voting (Grades 3-5)

     Election Issues (Grades 3-4)
     Myli Learns About Social Security (Grades 3-4)
     Jenna Needs a Doctor (Grades 3-4)
     Trade and the World Marketplace (Grades 4-6)
     Your Local Public School (Grades 4-6)
     Election 2008 - The Issues (Grades 5-6)
     The Iraq War (Grades 5-6)
     The Wonderful World of Taxes (Grades 5-6)
     Are You Environ"mental" (Grades 5-6)
     Discussing the Issues (Grades 5-7)
     Gun Control (Grades 6-8)
     Embryonic Stem Cell Research (Grades 6-8)
     Poverty in America (Grades 6-8)
     Low Voter Turnout (Grades 6-8)
     2008 Election Issues (Grades 7-8)
     Operation Iraqi Freedom (Grades 7-8)
     Education in America: No Child Left Behind (Grades 7-9)
     Trade and Its Global Effect (Grades 7-9)
     Health Insurance (Grades 7-9)
     Prescription Drug Question (Grades 7-9)
     A Taxing Issue (Grades 7-9)
     America's Foreign Policy (Grades 7-9)
     Politics and Family Values: Do They Mix? (Grades 7-12)
     Defending Our Homeland (Grades 9-12)
     The Environment: Voices and Choices (Grades 9-12)
     School Choice in America (Grades 9-12)
     America's Military (Grades 9-12)
     Why Are We Fighting in Iraq? (Hi/Lo Grades 3-4)

     A Big Party for the Party (Grades 3-5)
     It's Convention Time! (Grades 6-8)

Understanding the Election
     The Mock Election: Understanding the Electoral College (Grades 3-5)
     Campaigning to be President (Grades 5-6)
     Nominating the Presidential Candidates (Grades 4-8)
     Election Day and the Electoral College (Grades 6-8)
     Election Day and the Electoral College (Grades 6-8)
     What Goes Into a Political Poll? (Grades 6-12)
     Soft Money (Grades 6-12)
     How the Electoral College Works (Grades 9-12)

     The 2000 Presidential Election (Grades 5-7)
     The History of the Vote (Grades 6-8)
     History of the Electoral College (Grades 9-12)

American Government
     American Government Units on edHelper

Book Units
    The Kid Who Became President (Grades 3-8)

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