Resources to Help Students Engage in Civics

Posted by

Every November, American citizens head to the polls to elect, or reelect, government representatives at the local, state, and federal levels. While the act of voting may seem pretty straightforward, the history behind America’s democratic process and how the government works is complex.

Whether you’re looking for Election Day kindergarten activities or getting ready for the politics unit in your high school social studies class, use these activities and lessons to teach your students about voting, elections, and the government. From interactive note-taking activities to units, there are plenty of creative ways to teach students about these important topics and to help them become active and engaged citizens in the future.

Election Activities and Lessons for Your Classroom

Voting and elections are an essential part of American democracy. Check out these lessons and activities to help students understand the history and the fundamentals of the election process. 

Election Printable Activity

Election Printables by Education with an Apron
Grades: K-2nd

All About Voting Activity

Voting Unit 1st/2nd Grade (TEKS & CCSS Aligned) by Happy Days in First Grade
Grades: 1st-3rd

Voting and Elections Unit Election 2022 Midterm Elections Companion by Tied 2 Teaching

Grades: 2nd-4th 

Presidential Elections Process Interactive Notebookbook

Presidential Elections Process DIGITAL & PRINTABLE by Shelly Rees
Grades: 4th-7th

Midterm Elections English Lesson and Student Activities by English with Ease
Grades: 6th-12th

Voting Behavior Interactive Note-taking Activity

Voting Behavior Interactive Note-taking Activities by Apples and Bananas Education
Grades: 9th-12th

Political Party Platforms Candidate Research Project | 2022 Mid Term Election by Let’s Cultivate Greatness
Grades: 9th-12th

Civics Activities and Lessons for Your Classroom

Teach your students about how our government works, and answer any questions they may have about the role of each government branch and the U.S. Constitution with these activities and lessons. 

3 Branches of Government Reading Passages

3 Branches of Government Activity | Interactive Notebook | Google Slides by Sailing into Second
Grades: 2nd-4th

United States Constitution Activity

US Constitution Activity Constitution Detectives by Wise Guys
Grades: 5th-7th

3 Branches of Government Reading Passages and Activities

Branches of Government by To the Square Inch- Kate Bing Coners
Grades: 5th-7th

Separation fo Powers Lesson

The Three Branches Lesson: Separation of Powers and Montesquieu by Ms Social Studies Teacher
Grades: 5th-12th

Browse resources on TPT for more activities and lesson plans to teach your students about voting, elections, and the government.

This post was originally published in 2020 and has been updated for 2022.