Overview

Election Day is an important event in American society because it is an expression of many American values such as liberty and democracy. It occurs on the first Tuesday in November (but never on November 1st).

In the United States, the presidential elections are held every four years, while elections for Congress are held every two years. Many state and local government officials are also elected on this date.

The next presidential elections are scheduled for Tuesday, November 6th, 2012.

Classroom Activities

Presidential Oath

Read the U.S. presidential oath of office with your students and discuss its vocabulary and main concepts, such as the values, responsibilities, and roles it promotes. Have students give examples of the responsibilities of the president (e.g. how can the president protect the Constitution?).

Then, using the oath as a template, ask students to prepare their own oaths and recite them in front of the class. This activity can be implemented with individual students or as a group-work activity.

Past U.S. presidents

Ask students to research one of the past U.S. presidents featured on the Smithsonian Institution website (for beginners) or on the White House website (for advanced learners), focusing on significant achievements or challenges while in office. Have students prepare a short presentation, summarizing what they learned about the person and the presidency.

Social Media Activities

Share your culture on Facebook

Participate in this conversation by sharing your country's process with other teachers and learners. Visit the Access Facebook page to post about your culture and learn from others about their culture. Here are a couple of topics to get the conversation started:

  • How is the U.S. election process similar to or different than that of where you live?
  • How are leaders selected where you live?
Share on Facebook
Featured Content Spotlights
+

New Year's

  • Learn about New Year's traditions in the United States and get classroom activity ideas for students.  Read More
  • Explore New Year's Resolutions, plus download a board game and classroom activities. Read more.
+

The Olympics

Learn about The Olympics and download activities and lesson plans for your classroom. Learn more.

+

Valentine's Day

Learn about Valentine's Day and the traditions surrounding this holiday. Read More

+

Read Across America Day

Learn more about Read Across America, plus get classroom activities and downloads. Read more.

+

International Women's Day

Learn more about International Women's Day and how its honored in the United States. Read More

+

Earth Day

Learn about Earth Day celebrations in the United States. Read More

+

World Red Cross Day

Learn about the history of World Red Cross Day and get classroom activity ideas for students.  Read More

+

Mother's Day

On the second Sunday in May, Americans have an extra-special day to celebrate all the hard work mothers do every day - Mother's Day. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Mother's day. Learn more about Mother's day!

+

World Oceans Day

On June 8, join millions of people around the world in celebrating World Oceans Day. Last year, people across the planet organized over 600 events to celebrate, and this year even more events are being planned both locally and globally. 

Get classroom activity ideas, complete with full lesson plans and downloadable content to use in your classroom.

+

Flag Day

Learn about Flag Day in the United States and get classroom activity ideas for students.  Read More

+

Independence Day

Learn how people celebrate Independence Day in the United States. Read More

+

International Youth Day

Learn more about international youth day and related activities. Read more

+

Back to School, International Literacy Day, and Banned Books Week

September is an important month for American schools, students, and teachers. This is the time when the school year begins. Back to School means that students turn their attention from summer vacation and playing outside to studying subjects, like reading and writing, at school.  Read more.

+

Human Rights Day

Learn about Human Rights Day and how it's honored in the United States. Read More

+

U.S. Elections

Discover how Americans elect their president and how the U.S. elections process works. Read More

+

Halloween

Learn how Halloween is celebrated in the United States. Read More.

+

Thanksgiving

Learn how people celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. Read More

+

International Day of Friendship

Friends make us laugh, they support us during difficult times, and, as Henry Ford suggests, they can challenge us to grow and become better people. Celebrate the positive power of these relationships on July 30th – the International Day of Friendship!