Election Resources

What are your political views? What makes a strong candidate for public office? How can you participate in elections? Help your students explore these questions with fun, engaging activities. Animated movies, interactivities, and in-depth classroom simulations bring the issues and events of our Presidential election to life. Classroom units include: How to Identify Your Political Roots and Attitudes, How to Evaluate Leadership, and How to Cast Your Vote.

Be sure to check out the OLE Election Series on OLE Community for polls, contests, updates on election issues and events, and great classroom activity ideas.

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Go to Political Roots and Attitudes: Agents of Change Movie

Political Roots and Attitudes: Agents of Change Movie

Alex and Maya meet GW, their mentor, as they explore issues of American citizenship. GW prompts the kids to consider their attitudes about what is important to them, and how they may have come to hold these views.

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Political Roots and Attitudes: Agents of Change Interactivity

Now it's your turn! After watching Alex and Maya reflect on their views in the Political Roots and Attitudes Movie, see where you stand on the issues, and evaluate who may be an influence on your way of thinking.

Go to Political Roots and Attitudes: First Amendment Poll Simulation

Political Roots and Attitudes: First Amendment Poll Simulation

Not only might your political roots and attitudes be of interest to you, but they may also be of interest to the candidates looking for your vote. With this in-depth classroom activity, go behind the scenes of public opinion polling while helping the class reflect on its views on First Amendment issues.

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Evaluating Leadership: Agents of Change Movie

Maya wants to volunteer on a political campaign and is trying to decide on a candidate. The Agents of Change kids help her by sharing their ideas about what makes a strong candidate.

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Evaluating Leadership: Agents of Change Interactivity

Have you thought about what makes a good leader? Read about some examples of leadership in the Anytown Sentinel, and weigh in on which leadership qualities you think are most important.

Go to Evaluating Leadership: Build a Leader Simulation

Evaluating Leadership: Build a Leader Simulation

This fun classroom activity will encourage your class to think about the qualities of a good leader and evaluate different styles of leadership. A detailed lesson plan and activity cards help you support your class in considering leadership in a dynamic group setting.

Go to Casting Your Vote: Agents of Change Movie

Casting Your Vote: Agents of Change Movie

Alex realizes that he is now old enough to vote. When the construction of a new skate park comes up in the town election, he decides to use his vote to participate in the process. But first, Alex has to register. GW is there to help.

Go to Casting Your Vote: Agents of Change Interactivity

Casting Your Vote: Agents of Change Interactivity

Alex needs your help to register to vote! After watching the Casting Your Vote Movie, play this fun sequencing game to make sure Alex is ready to cast his vote on Election Day.

Go to Casting Your Vote: Ballot Initiative Simulation

Casting Your Vote: Ballot Initiative Simulation

Will you be ready to cast your vote when the time comes? Take a Voting Basics pre-assessment and let your voice be heard on three classroom ballot initiatives.

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Interactive Constitution

What are the qualifications to serve as President of the United States? What powers and duties does the President have? Find answers to these questions and more in this interactive, annotated version of the United States Constitution. Quiz yourself on key constitutional understandings.

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Election Glossary

What is a direct primary? How about a superdelegate? Not sure? This Election Glossary will come in handy. Key terms relevant to the election are defined.

Go to OLE Election Series

OLE Election Series

Keep current and get involved. The OLE Election Series on OLE Community is a great place to get election coverage and historical perspective on unfolding events. Check out posts, try out activites, and participate in polls and contests.