2016 Presidential Election

Mock Election

In this three-day simulation lesson, students explain the steps taken from party formation to national election. Harnessing skills gained from the Electoral Process lesson, students will act out the campaigning and voting process by simulating a real election in their own classroom.


Electoral Process

Take a peek into the electoral process- from party primaries to the general election. Students will learn the distinctions between the popular vote and the Electoral College, and exercise their critical reasoning skills to analyze the differences between the presidential and congressional elections. Students will also contrast the various nomination processes and learn about the role of party conventions in American politics.


Voting and Representation

Students will draw connections between the process of choosing an elected official to vote for in Cast Your Vote and the work that elected officials do on behalf of their constituents in Represent Me.


Win the White House Game

Running for the presidency isn’t easy! In Win the White House, you get to manage your very own presidential campaign by strategically raising funds, polling voters, launching media campaigns, and making personal appearances. Keep a close eye on the map as you battle over electoral votes and popular support.


Brain Pop: Lesson Ideas for the Presidential Election https://educators.brainpop.com/bp-topic/presidential-election/

How to Become President of the U.S. Poster Lesson Plan   https://kids.usa.gov/teachers/lesson-plans/government/president/index.shtml

Flocabulary: Presidential Election Process

Introduce the election process by showing the “Flocabulary” rap song video about the presidential election process.


U.S. Electoral College Teaching Resources: Resources for all grade levels from .gov


Election Glossary https://cdn.icivics.org/sites/default/files/Election%20Glossary_2015.pdf

How to Become President of the U.S. Poster Lesson Plan


  1. Students will list the three main Constitutional qualifications for becoming President of the United States.
  2. Students will conduct background research on a candidate and present information to the class in order to be an informed participant in a mock primary election.
  3. Students will be able to analyze and compare election campaigns in order to create their own campaign commercial or advertisement.
  4. Students will participate in a mock general election.
  5. Students will determine how many states are needed for their candidate to win the Presidency.

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