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Election 2000

Elementary Activities

Reading and Primary Sources

Elephant or Donkey (Grades K-2)
Read about the elephant and donkey. Which is your favorite?

Stars or Stripes (Grades K-2)

Read about the history of the U.S. Flag. Which symbol means the most to you, the stars or the stripes?

A Visit from Taft(Grades 3-6)

Read a letter written by Effie Barnaby in 1908 when William Howard Taft spoke to a large crowd in Massillon, Ohio. Then, write your own story about a candidate running for office.

Treasure MapScavenger Hunt

Sound Activity

    Click on the Donkey and Elephant. What do you hear? Why are these animals important during elections?

    Donkey mp3 file

    Elephant mp3 file

    Listen to this song on this played by the U.S. Marine Corps Band. When is this music played?

    Hail to the Chief

Coloring Activity

Make a Campaign Button

    1. Go to the page with button patterns.

    2. Print the page out on your printer.

    3. Glue the white paper onto a sheet of cardboard.

    4. Cut out the button shapes.

    5. Decorate your buttons.

Here are some ideas to use when decorating your campaign button:

    1. Cut out a picture of the person you want to be president from a magazine.
    Glue it on the button. Trim the edges around the button.

    2. Get a picture of the person you want to be president from the Internet.
    Print the picture. Glue it on the button. Trim the edges around the button.

    3. Make a Vote button. Decorate your button with colored markers or crayons.


    Remind adults that they should vote in the presidential election.

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Campaign Advertising Candidates Election Process Elementary
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