Election 2012

Barbara J. Feldman

With the presidential election just weeks away, the campaigns are heating up. In addition to the official sites for candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, here are some online resources for students to learn about the election process and keep up with the candidates.

  • 270 to Win: 2012 Presidential Election Interactive Map5 stars

    "It takes 270 electoral votes to win the Presidential election." This interactive map shows each state and the number of electoral votes they control. As you click on each state, you can change it from red (Republican), to blue (Democrat), and then to tan (undecided.) As you modify each state, the total counter will also update. To begin, you can choose from a number of starting views, such as, for example, the actual results from the 2008 election, when the Democrats won with 365 electoral votes. If you have cookies enabled, your custom map will be saved for your return visits.

  • I Side With5 stars

    Take a short quiz to find out which presidential candidate you agree with most. "3,847,241 voters have used iSideWith to find their candidate." Questions are organized into issues such as the economy, foreign policy, the environment, science, immigration, healthcare and social issues. You might be surprised by your results!

  • My Voice National Student Mock Election5 stars

    "The National Student/Parent Mock Election seeks to turn the sense of powerlessness that keeps young Americans and their parents, too, from going to the polls into a sense of the power of participation in our democracy." Run by the non-profit Pearson Foundation and dozens of corporate sponsors, the nonprofit, nonpartisan program provides educational materials to anyone who wants to participate. In 2008, over 5 million students, parents and teachers participated. Since the project began, it has touched over 45 million participants. This year, the Mock Election will be held November 1, 2012.

  • PBS: Kids Democracy Project5 stars

    This PBS site for grades three to six covers both the 2012 presidential nominee and the process of electing a president. "How Does Government Affect Me?" is the largest of the three sections, with pages of learning on topics as diverse as funding local schools to checks and balances in the three branches of the federal government. "President for a Day" is an interactive exercise where you learn all about the president's duties by creating your own presidential agenda.

  • Scholastic: Election 20125 stars

    Scholastic: Election 2012 is my pick-of- the-day for grades three through eight. My favorite clicks are Meet the Candidates, Election Q&A, and all the election games. Games include On the Road to the White House, The Electoral Challenge, and The Seven hats game. In this game, you learn about "the many roles a president must play." Elsewhere on the site, teachers and parents will find lesson plans and guides for bringing the election into the classroom and the home.

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Election 2012." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 16 Oct. 2012. Web. 4 Dec. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/election-2012/ >.

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  • By . Originally published October 16, 2012. Last modified March 9, 2014.

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