It’s not too late to get your students involved in the election! You don’t have to spend a lot of money to do it either.
University of Virginia‘s Center for Politics Youth Leadership Initiative has a large number of teacher’s resources, lesson plans and background information for schools to use when teaching about the election. Enrollment is free and entitles you to a CD which tells you how to run a mock election at your school.
If you choose to do a mock election for your school, you can set up a computerized election through YLI that will be held online between October 20-30, 2008.
The League of Women Voters has a great nonpartisan election guide. You can get it here. The election guide has a section that tells all about the salary, duties, election requirements and term of the President. But what makes this elections REALLY great is a non partisan short (read: kid-friendly) overview of the three major candidates (betcha forgot Nader!) and their take on the following five issues: global climate change, cost of health care, economic disparity and education.
Come to think of it NONPARTISAN is a great word to put on your spelling and vocabulary words this week! For that matter, if you want to learn other election terms and even play a bingo game with students look at this from Education World.
I really LOVE the things that Cybrary man has done with his website. I found his link at teachernet and I think he is one inspiring teacher. Among other things I found at his site was a link to many pictures and ideas for election bulletin boards, doors and displays. Here’s a link to his election collection, but I recommend staying to see all the other things he has gathered at his website besides the election.