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New Election Resources: Congress for Kids

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  • Cindy Koeppel
    The Dirksen Center s site for kids -- Congress for Kids -- http://www.congressforkids.net -- gives you access to interactive, fun-filled experiences designed
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 23, 2008
      The Dirksen Center's site for kids -- Congress for Kids -- http://www.congressforkids.net -- gives you access to interactive, fun-filled experiences designed to help you learn about the foundation of our federal government and how its actions affect you. Although designed for students in grades fourth through high school, other students, teachers, parents, and interested citizens will find helpful, engaging activities, too.

      Using appealing, full-color illustrations, and engaging activities, this site will extend your learning in the basics about the American federal government. Uncle Sam is the guide through Congress for Kids. He will introduce you to a new skill or bit of knowledge, or review a skill you already have, or even test your knowledge.


      > It's My Party <

      Are you a Democrat, Republican, or Independent? Take the quiz to find out. Find "It's My Party" at: http://www.congressforkids.net/games/Elections_politicalparties/2_politicalparties.htm

      > Getting Ready to Vote <

      Get a lesson plan for your class and bring the election into your classroom. Find "Getting Ready to Vote" at: http://www.congressforkids.net/games/elections_voting/2_voting.htm

      Are you a political junkie? Do you watch C-SPAN for hours at a time? Let's see how much you know about the major-party 2008 United States presidential candidates, both former and current!

      Trivia: Both major parties saw their fields of presidential contenders shrink in advance of the first nominating contests in 2008. Identify the correct chronological order of pre-2008 GOP drop-outs.

      A) Jim Gilmore, Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo, Tommy Thompson
      B) Tom Tancredo, Tommy Thompson, Duncan Hunter, Jim Gilmore, Sam Brownback
      C) Jim Gilmore, Tommy Thompson, Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo, Duncan Hunter
      D) Jim Gilmore, Tommy Thompson, Sam Brownback, Tom Tancredo

      *Find the answer in next month's issue of our monthly e-newsletter.

      Answer to September's Fun, Facts, and Trivia: http://www.webcommunicator.org/classroomresources/funfactstrivia_ans0908.htm


      > Complete Convention Coverage <

      Have your students watch and read videos and speeches from the Democratic and GOP conventions.

      Find "Complete Convention Coverage" at: http://www.congressforkids.net/games/Elections_convent_in/2_Elections_convent_in.htm

      > Your Turn: Ask a Candidate <

      Ever wanted the chance to sit down with the president? Would you ask about immigration? Religion? Health Insurance? Their favorite ice cream flavors?

      If you could meet the candidates, what question would you ask? What would you want to tell them?

      Ask your question and then explain why it's important to you in the text box provided. Find "Your Turn: Ask a Candidate" at: http://www.congressforkids.net/games/Elections_candidates/2_candidates.htm

      Cindy Koeppel

      The Dirksen Congressional Center
      2815 Broadway
      Pekin, IL 61554
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