Election Day provides a good opportunity to teach kids about the election process and how voting works. Centring your lessons around the election throughout the day makes the kids aware of the event. Election games allow the kids to learn about the election in an entertaining format. They come away with a better understanding of elections without even realising they were learning.
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This game helps kids understand the requirements for a potential presidential candidate. The eligibility requirements are the president must be a natural-born U.S. citizen, at least 35 years old and have been a resident of the U.S. for 14 years. Once the students understand the eligibility requirements, they are given a list of famous people. You might choose celebrities, athletes, local celebrities, school employees or other people the kids can research. Divide the kids into small groups for a competitive edge to the competition. The kids determine whether each person on the list meets the presidential eligibility requirements. The group to answer the most correctly wins the game.
Trivia is always a popular game for kids. You can make your own trivia game for the classroom based on the election. Include questions about the general election process, the current year's election or past elections. The questions might revolve around how the election works or about the specific candidates. The types of questions you ask will depend on the age of the students and the type of election information you have covered in class. Divide the kids into teams and award points for each correct answer.
A scavenger hunt is another common game that can be adapted to fit the election theme. You'll need lots of newspaper and magazine articles relating to the election. Ask parents and fellow teachers to share their old copies with you for this project. The students work in small groups for the scavenger hunt. Create a list of specific election-related pictures or articles the kids can find in the newspapers and magazines. Some examples might include an article about each candidate's platform, a picture of each candidate, an article about an independent candidate or a political cartoon about a particular candidate or topic. The first team to find all of the items on the list is the winner. If none of the teams finds everything, the winning team is the one that finds the most items from the list.
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