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Subject: Social Studies (12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: So You Want to Be President? Let's Elect a President:  A Classroom Election Wiki Project
Description: This project-based learning project extends classroom learning with a variety of multimedia tools to conduct an engaging election campaign for the Presidency. Students form political parties, write a platform, and conduct a campaign for the Presidency. Party platforms are presented to the class and embedded on a election wiki where each party has its own campaign page for their candidate. Parties use a variety of web tools to conduct the multimedia online campaign and create their candidate's web page. The project concludes with the election of one of the candidates.    


Subject: Social Studies (7 - 12)
Title: What does the President of the United States do?
Description: Students will create a wiki page that reflects the President of the United States fulfilling five of his formal or informal roles.  Students will use the Internet to visit the White House Photo Gallery and capture shapshots of the President of the United States fulfilling his roles.  Students will create a Wiki page on which they display pictures of the President fulfilling his roles and identify the role being fulfilled.


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Subject: Social Studies
Title: National Archives and Records Administration      Add Bookmark
Description: NARA makes available to the public the historically valuable records of the three branches of federal government: executive (including the President), legislative, and judicial. National Archives holdings include textual; audiovisual; cartographic and architectural; and electronic records.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: The President's Job      Add Bookmark
Description: Students will review the roles of the presidency by using objects, images, and documents in this section of the online exhibition The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden . Students will explore the complex duties of the president and how they have helped to determine their actions and policies.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Inaugural Words 1789-Present (Word Cloud)      Add Bookmark
Description: This website, from the New York Times, allows students to read the texts of every American president's inauguration speech. The site creators clarify each address by highlighting words that appear the most often in each president's speech. The site also includes related multimedia from President Obama's inauguration and links to news items from the event.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Presidential Recordings Program      Add Bookmark
Description: Between 1940 and 1973, Presidents Roosevelt through Nixon secretly recorded 5,000 hours of their meetings and telephone conversations. Through the use of these recordings, annotated transcripts and researched exhibits, the University of Virginia's Miller Center Presidential Recordings Program makes these remarkable historical sources accessible to scholars, teachers, students, and the public. This website is a fascinating collection of audio recordings that can be used in or out of the classroom. The exhibits, which are combinations of recordings and researched background information, are a particularly interesting resource. This resource is best suited for older students, as some of the recordings include adult language and are unedited.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: History of the Electoral College      Add Bookmark
Description: This website about the United States Electoral College from the National Archives is an excellent resource for both students and teachers. It is divided into sections that include: answers to frequently asked questions about the Electoral College; historical election results, state by state electoral information, and an Electoral College calculator for younger students. Also included is an entire section devoted solely to teaching resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: Preparing for the Oath: Government Basics      Add Bookmark
Description: Use short videos, mini-activities, and practice questions to explore the basic elements of the United States government in this segment of Preparing for the Oath: U.S. History and Civics for Citizenship. The ten questions included in this segment cover topics such as federalism, the Constitution, and checks and balances.This site was designed with the needs of recent immigrants in mind. It is written at a low-intermediate ESL level.
Thinkfinity Partner: Smithsonian
Grade Span: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Social Studies
Title: C-SPAN Classroom      Add Bookmark
Description: Video clips on the three branches of government and the constitution, accompanied by discussion questions for the classroom.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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