Sunday, September 21, 2008

Photobucket Election Resources

Thanks to all who have sent links, book lists etc.... I thought it would be nice to share the list I'm compiling with you. This is a work in progress. The * items are ones that I plan on using or hope to use.... It quickly becomes apparent that the focus will need to be narrowed for our quick unit study. I plan to focus on the ELECTION/VOTING PROCESS and not delve into various Presidents etc. Again, thanks to all who emailed suggestions. Hope this helps others looking for a quick and inexpensive unit study.

Free Unit Studies
*12 week study from OK Homeschool Assoic - Thanks, Lisa and Cindy.
PBS Lesson Plans on all things to do with Elections Thanks, Michelle.
*Election Unit Study and Lapbook - thanks for turning me on to these folks Debbie and Lisa B.
Little Blue School - unit study hosted on blog

*Electoral Map - updated Daily
Secrets of the Presidents (PBS KIDS)
White House Kids Presidential Biographies and coloring pages (supposed to be there but I've not found them).
*Scholastic Kids Election
*Fact Monster Presidential Elections
*Ben's Guide to US Government for Kids or here to pick your level.
Pew Forum
*Congress for Kids
Electing a President - fun things to do, unit studies etc.

*Free Technology for teachers - blog - electoral college and more (thanks Debbie)

Enjoy the Journey - retells their unit; the book list had been sent to be prior to my finding her blog, and the links are ones I had found, but I found it HELPFUL to read another's thought on the unit when she was DONE.

Games, Puzzles, Toys
The Path to the Whitehouse - Free
Classroom Election Kit - Kaplan - 6 -9 (38.95)
*Geo Puzzle Red State Blue State Political Map Fat Brain Toys (13.82)
Politics the American Government in Action - 8 - 108 ($39.95)
Race for the Whitehouse 12 - 99 ($22.48)
Mayfair Games Road to the Whitehouse 12 - up (20.37)
Hail to the Chief 10 - 13 ($28.09)
All American Trivia - Junior (15.89)
Presidents of the USA floor Puzzle (11.99)
Vote Buttons - think I can make some cheaper and just as cute!
Action Figures and Bobble heads of the candidate of your choice

BOOKS..... Liz sent this list from her co-op, however, I've seen parts of this list on several websites.... and now I've added to it. LOL I DO have permission from LIZ and from DEANNA (co-op teacher) to share this list. I have NOT read each book, ultimately you will need to preview the books to see if they are appropriate for your family. The bold titles are ones I've found at our library - in fact if you can't find these books, spend some time in j324.6 and you'll be able to make some good finds. As you can see I couldn't find most the books on the list, but I have a LOT of options here for our studies.

1. Landslide! A Kid's Guide to the U.S. Elections(Dan Gutman)
2. DK Eyewitness Presidents
3. Time for Kids: Presidents of the United States (Lisa DeMauro)
4. So You Want to Be President (Judith St. George)
5. If the Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House (Jane O'Connor)
6. Presidential Elections and Other Cool Facts (Syl Sobel)
7. Don't Know Much About the 50 Presidents (Kenneth C. Davis)
8. Duck for President (Doreen Cronin)
9. The Everything Presidents Book (Martin Kelly and Melissa Kelly)
10. The Buck Stops Here: The Presidents of the United States (Alice Provenson)
11. Woodrow the White House Mouse (Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes)
12. Woodrow for President (Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes)
13. House Mouse, Senate Mouse (Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes)
14. Marshall, the Courthouse Mouse (Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes)
15. A "Mice" Way to Learn About Government (Peter W. Barnes and Cheryl Shaw Barnes)
16. Series of Books - Childhood of Famous Americans - George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, Harry Truman, Thurgood Marshall
17. Series of Books by David Adler: A Picture Book of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy
18. America votes: How our president is elected (Linda Granfield)
19. Election Connection: The official nick guide to electing the president (Nickelodieon)
20. Vote! (Eilen Christelow)
21. The Voice of the People (Betsy and Guilio Maestro)
22. The vote: Making your Voice heard by Linda Scher
23. Elections in the United States (David Heath)
24. Electing the President by Barbara Feinberg
25. Running for office: A look at Political campaigns by Sandy Donovan
26. Presidential Elections by Syle Sobel
27. Presidential Elecctions by Miles harvey (this is a cornerstone of Freedom book) Very good read.
28. The 2000 Presidential election by Elaine Landau
29. How the Us Government Works – How they all come together to govern a nation (Syl Sobel)
30. We the kids- the preamble to the constitution of the US by David Catrow
31. Winners and Losers: How Elections work in America (Jules Archer
32. Power to the people: How we elect the president and other officials (Kevin Cunningham)
33. Our Elections (Richard Steins
34. Campaigns and Elections (George Sullivan)
35. The Voice of the people: American Democracy in action (Betsy and Guilio Maestro
36. It’s a Dogs live: Hank the cow dog
37. The kid who ran for president (Dan Gutman)
38. Otto Runs for President (Rosemary Wells)
39. The Election Book: The people pick a president (Scholastic)
40. Election Day (Miles Harvey)
41. JC Watts Jr.: Charaacter counts by sarah De Capua
42. President George W. Bush: Our forty-third President (Beatrice Gormley)
43. Don’t know much about the presidents (Kenneth C. Davis)
44. House Mouse Senate Mouse ( Peter W. Barnes)
45. Voting and Elections (Patricia J. Murphy)
46. U.S. Presidential Inaugurations (Andrew Santella)
47. Woodrow the White House Mouse (Peter W. Barnes)
48. The President’s Cabinet and how it Grew (Nancy parker)
49. Lives of the Presidents: Fame, Shame and what the neighbors thought (Kathleen Krull)
50. Freddy the Politician (Walter Brooks)
51. Ask me Anything about the presidents by Louis Phillips
52. Citizenship by Jason Skog
53. Class Election from the Black Lagoon (Mike Thaler)
54. Class President (Johanna Hurwitz)
55. Democracy by Liam O’Donnell
56. If I Were President by Catherine Stier
57. If I were President by Judy Datschke
58. The Look it Up Boo of Presidents by Wyatt Blassingame
59. Marvin Redpost Class president by Louis Sachar
Take a Stand - Daniel Weizmann
The Ballot Box Battle - Emily McCully
Presidential Races - Arlene Morris-Lipsman
When Esther Morris Headed West - Connie Wooldridge
Your Right to Vote - Mark Sanders
The 2000 Presidential Elections - Cornerstones of Freedom
Don't Know Much About the Presidents - Kenneth C. Davis
The Story of Presidential Elections - Cornerstones of Freedom
Margaret Chase Smith - A Woman for President - Lynn Plourde
DK Vote - & CD

©2008 D.R.G.


Debbie said...

Wow, De'Etta, this is a great list. I need to think about what I want to do this year. I know Bess is going to do the lapbook and I'll probably throw in some reading, but I would also like to do some with Gabe (the Littles listen in). Are you planning on doing this all in a week? I think this is one of the those topics you could linger for a long time, but I wouldn't want to get too far off our schedule with TOG.

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Debbie, I'm planning on working on this in the next 6 weeks leading up to the election.

My big plans are to read the books I found at the library, use the electoral puzzle that I bought to track the polls etc, play games I found online, finish the lapbook from homeshare and the info contained in it, watch the Charlie Brown DVD when it gets here from netflix, maybe Mr. Smith Goes to WA too....In looking at say the 12 week unit study from OK homeschoolers, I can see that if I leave out the PRESIDENTS and how we make laws etc I can cut the time down. I'm focusing only on ELECTIONS - the process, the campaign.....and so I am hoping it can be done in 1 - 2 hours a week in the next 6 weeks.

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Oh yeah - we are also going to do the mock election that a local co-op is putting on, we'll have our own election of some sort so my youngers can participate (have to be 11 and up to participate in co-op which is sorta why I don't do co-ops - they don't work for my whole family)....and they'll all be involved when Mike and I get the absentee ballot to vote.....we're all waiting for it to arrive at this point.

Jen said...

Thanks DeEtta! I have some of the books from when we studied Elections with Bush 2004, but now the kids are older and we need to study it again. :-)

Some great resources there. I notice that the Little Blue School lady is an Obama supporter, but her lessons plans still look cool. It will be interesting to see what it is like when we get to the week where we listen to clips of this year's candidates.

DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Well - I didn't screen by parties or candidates. ::snort::

You could do a study simply on the 2000 Elections too.....but I quickly deducted that my thoughts on THAT election didn't mesh with most the authors who have published books to date. LOL

Cynthia said...

That's quite a list! We have the "mouse" books and really enjoy them for the younger kids.

Lisa in Jax said...

VERY COOL! Thanks so much for putting this together! I hadn't planned a study on elections but now I'm thinking it might be doable.

Thanks again!

all in the family said...

You have some different links then I do. I have added the links you have here on my site (and linked back to you), but I also have more including lapbooks and other unit studies, so check it out!

Beth in GA

Anonymous said...

Great stuff! Makes me remember why I love teaching Social Studies so much!

Hey, I have a prayer request that is fairly serious in nature. Is there *any* way we could email or IM (or dare I ask, phone) about this? Sometime before Dallas...

Kathy in WA said...

De'Etta - this is an incredible list! I can't believe all the things you managed to pull together in one post. Thanks so much for sharing!!