Lesson Plan

Ladies and Gentlemen, the President of The United States

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Literacy and Language Arts,Social Studies
Lesson Duration:
90 Minutes
Common Core Standards:
State Standards:
C.1.4.2 Examine responsibilities and powers of government officials at various levels and branches of local and state government.
Thinking Skills:
Understanding: Understand the main idea of material heard, viewed, or read. Interpret or summarize the ideas in own words. Applying: Apply an abstract idea in a concrete situation to solve a problem or relate it to a prior experience. Analyzing: Break down a concept or idea into parts and show the relationships among the parts. Creating: Bring together parts (elements, compounds) of knowledge to form a whole and build relationships for NEW situations. Evaluating: Make informed judgements about the value of ideas or materials. Use standards and criteria to support opinions and views.

Essential Question

How can you become President of this country?


Identify the requirements for becoming an American President


The Presidency is an important part of our governmental structure, and the position should be filled by a citizen with the best interests of the entire country at the center of their decision making.


Use attached KWL Chart

Have copies of "Duck for President" by Doreen Cronin on hand for students in lower grades.


Download KWL Chart

Overview and activity ideas to support Duck for President

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Lesson Hook/Preview

What kind of person would you want to be responsible for representing you and your interests?


Organize using the KWL chart


Electoral College

Assessment Materials

Class-wide Election

Conduct a mock election at your level, with each student/ candidate articulating how they satisfy the requirements for running in the election and why they think they are the best candidate to take on the Presidency.

Enrichment Activities

Invite and elected official from your town (Mayor, Sheriff, Justice of the Peace, State Representative, etc) to speak to your class about the election process, motivations to pursue politics and Q&A.

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Last updated: October 7, 2019