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President Project Ideas

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

The executive branch of government is led by the President of the United States who is elected through the electoral college. The projects in this asset support students as they reflect on the presidency.

President of the United States

Article II of the United States Constitution outlines the role and responsibilities of the President of the United States. As of 2019, there have been 45 men who have served as the president. The following projects review the duties of the president, the requirements and procedures for becoming president, and historical information about past presidents. These projects may be used with upper elementary or middle school students.

President Project Ideas

Presidential Job Description

Time: 1-2 days

Guiding Question

  • What are the main duties and responsibilities of the President of the United States?

Materials:

  • computer/internet/printer
  • sample job descriptions

Procedure

  • Students will brainstorm their prior knowledge about the job of a President of the United States.
  • Students will use internet research to find additional information about the presidency, such as:
    • pay
    • hours
    • objectives
    • qualifications
    • job demands (such as lifting, travel, prolonged standing or sitting, …)
    • job duties and responsibilities
  • Students will examine some sample job descriptions to get ideas about format and what should be included in a job description.
  • Students will create a job description for the President of the United States.

Presidential Election

Time: 2-5 days

Guiding Question

  • How is the election of a president different from other elections?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the electoral college?

Key Words:

  • campaign
  • candidate
  • electoral college
  • political party
  • primary election

Materials:

  • computer/internet
  • construction paper
  • markers
  • stapler

Procedure

  • Students will research the difference between Democratic and Republican primaries and the difference between direct elections and the electoral college.
  • Students will identify 5-10 steps to being elected President of the United States.
  • Students will simplify the language of each step so that a younger student could understand it.
  • Students will use construction paper, markers, and the stapler to write and illustrate a children's book that explains how to become the President of the United States.

Living Museum

Time: 3 days - 2 weeks

Guiding Question

  • How does the character, background, and goals of a president impact the effectiveness of his time in office?

Materials:

  • computer/internet
  • costume
  • tri-fold presentation board

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