Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Presidential Election Lap Books and Unit Study


After Mass this morning the kids put the finishing touches on their Presidential Election Lap Books!   During our first semester this year, which ended last week, we focused on the Election Process and learning about past Presidents for History.  Our oldest three worked on various reading assignments while completing a Presidential Election Process Lap Book . The younger two, our 2nd grader and Kindergartner, completed a Presidential Trivia & Election Games Lap Book.  Lap Books do take extra time (I'd say we spent a total of about 8-10 hours on these five Lap Books)  but we all learned so much and had a great time!    I love how proud my children are of all their Lap Books, and how they are always pulling them out to look at and share with others.  I think it is time well spent!



.: Election Unit Study Book Basket & Additional Resources :.




.: Presidential Election Process Lap Book :.


from Knowledge Box Central with customized cover pages



Inside the First Folder:

  • Political Parties
  • The Constitution limits the President to serving how many terms?
  • American citizens are eligible to vote at what age?
  • What are the three requirements, as outlined in the United States Constitution, for a candidate to run for President?
  • Name 3 things that active party members do during a campaign to get votes for their candidate.
  • How and when did each of these political parties begin?
  • People who are running for political offices are called...
  • How many candidates from each party will eventually be chosen to run for President?
  • Can the Vice President be from the same state as the President?
  • What are the two basic types of elections?
  • Election Process


Inside the Second Folder:

  • What does a candidate do during a Presidential election?
  • What is the document that assures and protects our rights, including our right to vote?
  • Are the requirements for the vice presidential nominee the same as those for the candidate who runs for President?
  • The Electoral College
  • How do primary elections differ from general elections?
  • When are the Democratic and Republican national Conventions held?
  • What is the body of electors who cast the official votes to elect the President and Vice President called?
  • What are the two most important decisions made at the National Nominating Convention?


Inside the Third Folder:

  • Are the delegates and candidates at the National Convention from the same political party?
  • Presidential Election Vocabulary Word Search
  • Primary Elections & Caucuses
  • On what day of the year is Inauguration Day?
  • The first party platform...
  • Number the events in the order in which they happen at the National Convention.
  • What did the 12th Amendment do?
  • Previous Presidential Election Trivia

Back Cover:

  • Electoral Votes Map   (The kids plan to color in the states red and blue following today's election.) 






.: Presidential Trivia & Elections Games Lap Book :.


from Knowledge Box Central with customized cover pages   


Inside the First Folder:

  • "Who was the first President to wear trousers rather than knee breeches?"
  • "Who was the first President to have a Christmas tree in the White House?"
  • "Election Cryptograms"
  • "Race to the White House Maze"
  • "Which President donated his salary to charity"  (Chiquita responded, "Um, not Obama!") 
  • "Who was the first President to ride a steamboat?"
  • "Who was the first President born in the United States?"

Inside the Second Folder:

  • Race to the White House! Game with Instructions, Game Tokens, and Question Cards
  • "Which President served as President AND Vice President, without being elected to either one?"
  • "Who was the ONLY President EVER to be unanimously voted into office?"
  • "Who was the first President to live in the White House?


Inside the Third Folder:

  • Tic-Tac-Toe Game Board with Tokens
  • "More Trivia"
  • "Which President am I?"
  • "Who was the first President to be photographed?"
  • "Who was the first President to win the Nobel Peace Prize?"
  • "Who was the first President to own a car?"
  • "Who was the first President to campaign by phone?"
  • "Who was the tallest President?"
  • "Which President was the first to hold the Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn?"
  • "Which President is credited with the origin of the phrase, Okay?"
  • "How did the Teddy Bear get its name?



AN ELECTION YEAR PRAYER FOR THE FAITHFUL WITNESS OF CATHOLICS IN THE UNITED STATES 

By His Eminence Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke,
Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura 

O Lord Jesus Christ, You alone are the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In Your Church You show us the Way, You teach us the Truth, and You give us Your Life. Grant, we humbly beg You, that, always and in all things, we may be faithful to You in Your Holy Church, and to Your Vicar on Earth, the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI. Grant also, we beg You, that, in these times of decision, all who profess to be Catholic and who are entrusted with the sacred duty to participate in public life, may, by the strength of Your grace, unwaveringly follow Your Way and faithfully adhere to Your Truth, living in You with all their mind and heart, for Your greater glory, the salvation of souls, and the good of our nation. Amen.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, Pray for us.
Saint Thomas More, Patron of Religious Freedom, Pray for us. 

3 comments:

  1. This election is stressing me out.

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  2. Thanks for this. I was never sure how the electoral college vote system works (I am from Scotland!) and wondered why if Romney won more states then why didn't he win. This post explains it perfectly!

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