09/26/2012 02:20 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

PBS Offers Election Resources for K-12 Classrooms


Even though most K-12 students can't vote, they do have an interest in the 2012 election. And if schools do their jobs right, students will be inclined to vote and make informed decisions when they turn 18.

To help in that important goal, PBS Learning Media, a division of the Public Broadcasting Service, has launched an election site with resources for classrooms.

The site provides teachers with the tools they need to help students understand the election process and the issues facing this year's voters.

You need an account but you don't have to be teacher to get one (I designated myself as an "Informal teacher" but you can also select "other.")

In addition to resources from PBS, the site also has audio from NPR as well as games such as "Documenting Key Presidential Decisions," where students see documents related to important historical presidential decisions and try to identify the president associated with the document.

Other useful election related sites include Face The Facts USA which is presenting a fact a day between now and the election (it actually started 100 days before the election) and which presents news about the election from the perspective of the left, the right and the center.

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