K-12 Presidential Debate Curriculum
Welcome to the Lynn University Presidential Debate Curriculum Web Portal. This website contains activities related to the debate that you can use in your classroom. These activities are intended to go along with and complement whatever you have planned in your classroom and to aid you in teaching students about aspects of the upcoming presidential debates.
Each activity is grade-level specific, most have been tied to Florida’s New Generation Sunshine State Standards, and some are linked to the Common Core Standards which are used by many states as well. This alignment can be found in the matrix contained in the curriculum documents.
Kindergarten through fifth grade each has three activities. Sixth through twelfth grade each has four activities. The activity in red font is the recommended activity for your grade level; this is the activity we encourage all classes in the specified grade level to utilize. The other activities, while we encourage usage, are for you to use by choice.
For activities that include worksheets, these are provided in the appendix section.
In addition, we have provided presidential facts, debate facts, and other sources of information you may choose to use with your students.
We hope you and your students enjoy the activities we have shared, and that the 2012 Presidential Debates will be a great learning experience for everyone.
Accessing the Curriculum
You can access the curriculum information in two ways. If you have access to an Apple iPad, you can view this content by subscribing to the iTunes U course. In preparation, you will need to download the iTunes U app and the iBooks app on your iPad. Once the apps are installed, click on the iTunes U course link. This will automatically open the iTunes U app and prompt you to subscribe to the course.
Alternatively, you can view the curriculum content on this website. The activities are separated by grade level and there are video and website links that are supplemental to the text content.
“The Road to the White House – A Virtual Field Trip” for 3rd & 4th Grade
Through looking at the merits of a “First Dog” or “First Cat” in the White House, students will gain the opportunity to learn about the whole presidential election process. From campaigning to reporting and from debating to voting, this virtual tour and numerous interactive activities will provide students in 3rd and 4th grade a real hands on learning experience. Each individual session is linked to various academic standards, primarily the Common Core Standards, to help teachers all over the country benefit from this program.